For 2020, many of the handgun trends we've seen for a while now are still going strong: red-dot-equipped handguns, rifle-caliber pistols and small guns sized for concealed carry are still among the mainstays. New for 2020 are more revolvers, rimfire pistols, handguns chambered in esoteric calibers and even bolt-action pistols. There's a lot of new and exciting offerings for 2020, and we've got a bunch of new guns to check out.
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | Classic Carry Reflecting vintage styling cues combined with modern firearm performance enhanced by state-of-the-art ergonomics, the Classic Carry is a 1911 build available with either traditional bluing or a hard-chrome finish. Additional chamberings include 9 mm and .38 Super.
▶Ring hammer ▶Tritium front sight ▶Frontstrap and MSH Custom bordered checkering ▶Hand beveled edges
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | PrimeCharcoal-Blue The newest member of the Prime 1911 family, the Charcoal Blue adds a heritage-level finish, Nitre blue small parts and American Holly grips. It is also available in 9 mm and .38 Super.
▶High grip ergonomics ▶Flush cut and crowned barrel ▶Hand polished flats and rounds ▶Charcoal blued finish
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | Prime Color Case Hardened Another collector-grade custom 1911, the Prime Color Case Hardened features Doug Turnbull’s Color Case Hardened Classic finish of the lower as well as satin polished flats and ball radius cuts and a gold-dot front sight. Caliber options also include 9 mm and .38 Super.
▶Smooth ebony grip ▶Ball radius slide cuts ▶Color case hardened frame ▶Nitre blue pins and screws
Beretta | Bobcat Covert The venerable Bobcat can now take a suppressor thanks to this new model’s threaded barrel. An FDE-Cerakoted model is also available for those looking to make this easy-to-operate pistol even more modern.
Bond Arms | Grizzly We wouldn’t recommend taking on a grizzly bear with this derringer, but it is a great choice for a pocket gun to carry on a trail where you might encounter snakes or other dangerous wildlife. It comes with a leather holster.
▶Crossbolt safety ▶Stainless steel barrel and frame ▶Spring-loaded, cammed locking lever ▶Rosewood grips
Browning | Buck Mark Lite Competition Suppressor Ready Red Dot Ready out of the box for competition or the most fun you can have while plinking, the latest Buck Mark comes with a Vortex Venom MRDS that co-witnesses with the pistol’s iron sights.
Cabot Guns | Nero With features including 13-degree front and rear cocking serrations, a high undercut trigger guard, integrated frame rail and Black Diamond checkering, the Nero is one fancy firearm. Two barrel lengths are available, as well as a 9 mm option.
▶Flat, serrated trigger ▶Billet thumb safety and beavertail grip safety ▶Extended mag well ▶Fiber-optic front and ACW Ledge rear sight
Cabot Guns | Rebellion Designed to increase reliability and speed up the slide cycle, the Cabot Rebellion is a significant leap forward in the design and function of the 1911. It contains three innovative mechanical changes to the 1911 platform: a re-imagined internal extractor, a new rail design with a lower friction coefficient and a novel lugless bull barrel.
▶Front, top and rear slide serrations ▶Lowered and flared ejection port ▶Black Diamond checkering ▶Speed rails system
Charter Arms | Professional IV Fans of the .32 H&R Mag. have a new revolver in the Charter Arms Profession IV, which offers a carry-length 3-inch barrel, full underlug and sculpted wooden grips. It also features Charter’s flat-latch cylinder release and protected crane.
▶Wooden grips ▶Stainless steel finish ▶Full underling ▶Fiber-optic front sight
CMMG | Banshee 300 Mk4 5.7x28mm While the Banshee 300 platform is not new, nor is the chambering new for CMMG, the 40-round magazine that fits in a standard AR-15 lower receiver is new indeed. That magazine is the basis for this pistol, but CMMG offers the magazine and the upper receiver for sale (separately), too.
Colt | Python Colt adds to the class and accuracy potential of its Python with the addition of a 4.25-inch-barreled variant to the legendary lineup. For those wanting even more precision-shooting ability, a 6-inch version is also available.
Dan Wesson | DWX Compact Combining the single-action operation of a 1911 with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ 75 frame, the new Dan Wesson is a compact, capacious and comfortable carry gun that’s also relatively light weight.
▶CZ-style takedown via the slide stop ▶Bushingless, match-grade barrel ▶Double-stack magazines ▶Easily customizable sights
Diamondback | DBX Proving that the 5.7x28 mm round is, indeed, making inroads, Diamondback released the DBX pistol to accommodate it. Taking existing magazines and with the ability to add a stabilizing brace, the DBX makes a compelling case for a PDW.
▶Available with brace ▶Compatible with FN Five-SeveN magazines ▶Standard AR-15 fire control ▶Threaded barrel
EAA | Regard MC Sport Gen 4 While it may resemble another certain Italian SA/DA pistol originally created for military use, the latest iteration of the Regard MC was designed with competitive shooting in mind.
FN America | FN 503 Designed for deep concealment, this tiny single-stack ships with two magazines—a six-round model with a pinky extension and an eight-round variant with an extended sleeve for more grip area.
▶Low-profile sights ▶Oversize controls ▶Recessed target crown ▶Replaceable grips available
FN America | FN 509 Compact MRD A shortened grip frame makes this version of the 509 easier to conceal, while the mounting system mates with 10 popular MRDS models. Read all about it in our review on page 102.
▶Low-profile optics mounting system ▶Co-witnessing iron sights ▶Ambidextrous controls ▶Interchangeable backstraps
Glock | G44 Glock’s first foray into the rimfire market is ingeniously sized like the company’s most popular centerfire pistol, the 9 mm G19. G19 owners can now purchase the G44 as a low-cost trainer that fits the gear they already own. Newbies who purchase a G44 to learn to shoot can naturally upgrade to the G19 when it’s time to move up in power.
Heckler & Koch | SP5 A genuine Heckler & Koch, semi-automatic variant of the company’s iconic MP5 submachine gun, the SP5 has been flying off the shelves. All the styling, details and quality that made the original so desirable are present in this civilian version.
Honor Defense | Pro9 The Pro9 Compact is one of two new enhanced pistols from Honor Defense. The other is the slightly longer, rail-equipped ProTac9 Compact. Both have a number of high-end features, require no trigger pull for disassembly and are 100-percent American made.
Iver Johnson | Eagle XL CC The all-steel Eagle XL CC offers enhanced sight radius and velocity, but limited muzzle rise, thanks to its 6-inch ported barrel. Its striking case-coloring makes it distinct and attractive. It’s also available in .45 ACP.
IWI US | Masada Ergonomic, adaptable and affordable, the Masada is an excellent all-around handgun that’s loaded with features once limited to pistols twice its price. Our review in the April 2020 issue gave it high marks across the board.
▶Interchangeable wraparound backstraps ▶Ships with four different optic-mounting plates ▶Low bore axis ▶Ambidextrous controls
Kel-Tec | P17 If you’re looking for a generic rimfire pistol to teach new shooters or just for fun, it’s hard to think of a better option than Kel-Tec’s new P17. It comes well-equipped for less than $200, meaning you simply have no reason for not owning a good .22 LR pistol.
▶Ships with three magazines ▶Accessory rail ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶Thumb safety
Kimber | EVO SP Raptor (Collector’s Edition) Featuring a unique two-tone finish and accented with a special patterned G10 grip with trademark scales, the Collector’s Edition of the EVO SP Raptor is sure to be a favorite for concealed-carriers and collectors alike.
KRISS USA | Vector 22 SDP-SB The new Vector 22 SDP-SB is a dedicated, semi-automatic, rimfire pistol that incorporates the same aesthetics and ergonomics of the original design. Compact and lightweight, it provides simple manipulation and is easy to transport.
Les Baer | 1911 Gunsite Pistol Honoring the superior firearm training at Gunsite Academy, this 1911 is designed and built with real-world defensive features for personal protection and is designed for daily carry.
▶30 lpi checkered frontstrap ▶National Match barrel ▶Gunsite raven logo on single diamond deluxe wooden grips and rear of slide ▶Front and rear cocking serrations
LWRCI | SMG 45 Operating via a proprietary short-recoil/delayed-blowback operating system, the SMG 45 brings some oomph to the modern sporting pistol thanks to its .45 ACP chambering. It is loaded with ultra-high-end features and is a joy to shoot.
Mossberg | MC2 Building on the success of the subcompact, single-stack MC1sc, Mossberg released its bigger brother for 2020. Offering 13-round capacity and the same award-winning features as the MC1, this larger offering helps build on Mossberg’s handgun line.
▶Ships with second, 15-round magazine ▶Available with manual safety ▶Forward cocking serrations ▶Available with stainless slide
Nighthawk Custom | Agent2 Commander Nighthawk Custom has teamed up with Agency Arms, adding the latter’s precision-machined, highly detailed slide to the former’s vaunted frame and internals, creating a distinctive, Commander-size 1911 for concealed carry. It’s also available in 9 mm.
▶Match bushing barrel ▶Faceted slide with side windows ▶Railscales G10 grips ▶Nighthawk/Agency custom trigger
North American Arms | Ranger II Featuring a new barrel length for the popular Ranger II, the 4-inch model contains a break-top barrel which ejects the shells as it opens, making it perfect for a quick reload as well as for concealed carry.
▶XS Tritium night sights ▶Rosewood grip ▶Spurred hammer ▶Break-top barrel
Palmetto State Armory | PS9 Dagger It’s no secret that the PS9 Dagger is designed to look like, well, a certain Austrian model. With similar capacity, size and weight to another popular concealed-carry pistol, the PS9 differs primarily in the significantly lower price.
▶Metal sights ▶Red-dot-cut version available ▶Threaded barrel available ▶Accessory rail
Remington | 700-CP w/Arm Brace We’ve been seeing AR-15-based pistols for quite a while now, but Remington’s gone one better. Based on the 700, the new 700-CP brings the rifle-caliber-pistol craze to a new level with a bolt-action option reminiscent of the XP-100.
▶Also available in .223 Rem., .300 BLK and 6.5 Creedmoor ▶Rear single-point sling mount ▶M-Lok-compatible handguard ▶Magpul MIAD pistol grip
Rock River Arms | BT-9 Expanding its line chambered in 9 mm, the BT-9 AR pistol features a billet aluminum lower receiver with a Glock-compatible mag well, eliminating the need for a magazine-block adapter.
Caliber:9 mm Magazine Capacity:17 rounds Barrel Length:4.5 inches Overall Length:21 to 23.5 inches Weight:80 ounces MSRP:$1,350 (866) 980-7625 rockriverarms.com
Ruger | 57 From its short trigger reach to its reversible magazine release and generous slide stop, the new Ruger-57 has a lot going for it, but perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of it is its high-performance, low-recoiling and fun 5.7x28 mm chambering and equally impressive 20-round capacity.
Ruger | LCP II .22 In 2013, the Ruger LCP took the firearm industry by storm. This year the company strives for another winner by combing the same look and feel of the popular pistol in an affordable training platform, thanks to the new rimfire chambering.
▶Manual safety ▶Textured frame ▶Fixed front and rear sights integral to the slide ▶Front and rear cocking serrations
SAR USA | SAR-9X Platinum At the top of the line for SAR9 pistols is the Platinum. It features a Cerakote finish and weight-reducing slide serrations/cuts. The striker-fired, semi-automatic also includes the ergonomic grip frame, good trigger and other niceties for which the SAR9 is known.
SCCY | DVG-1 RD With the DVG-1 RD, SCCY brings its customary value to the cutting edge of carry guns. The new semi-automatic is a polymer-frame, striker-fired subcompact that comes with a Crimson Trace red-dot sight already installed. It gives cost-conscious consumers an affordable, yet ultra-modern carry pistol design.
▶Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red dot ▶Flat trigger ▶Quadlock barrel-locking system ▶Enhanced grip texture
SIG Sauer | P320X Full RXP SIG Sauer’s P320 introduced the company’s first striker-fired in a modular grip frame. Now, the company improves upon its success by offering a model with a factory-installed SIG Romeo1Pro MRDS, so it’s ready to go right out of the box.
▶XRay3 night sights ▶Ambidextrous, extended slide-catch lever ▶Front and rear cocking serrations ▶Accessory rail
SIG Sauer | P365 XL RomeoZero A balance of subcompact concealability with full-size handling and shootability, the new SIG Sauer P365 XL RomeoZero features a more generous sight radius, enhanced handling characteristics and a MRDS-compatible slide.
▶XRay3 night sights ▶SIG Romeo Zero MRDS ▶Front and rear cocking serrations ▶Extended beavertail
Smith & Wesson | M&P9 Shield EZ Another pistol building on the wild success of an award-winning sibling is the M&P9 Shield EZ, which brings a more powerful chambering to the EZ platform that won accolades last year. S&W read the market right on the need for easier to use pistols.
▶Grip safety ▶Disassembles without pulling trigger ▶Armornite finish ▶Accessory rail
Smith & Wesson | Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 C.O.R.E. Finally! The M2.0 improvements Smith & Wesson brought to the M&P pistol in 2017 have made their way to the Performance Center line and optics-ready variant. The gun that gamers and red-dot fans alike have clamored for is finally available.
Springfield Armory | Ronin Operator Featuring a forged-steel slide and frame as well as a hammer-forged barrel, this 1911 pistol sports a two-tone finish as well as a salt-bluing treatment. A 9 mm option is also available.
Springfield Armory | Saint Victor .308 Packing .30-caliber power into a 10.3-inch-barreled package is the new Saint Victor .308 pistol. With features including a freefloat M-Lok handguard and an accessory rail this heavy hitter is a nice addition to your portable pistol toolbox.
Caliber:7.62 NATO Magazine Capacity:20 rounds Barrel Length:10.3 inches Overall Length:28.1 to 30.5 inches Weight:128.6 ounces MSRP:$1,363 (800) 680-6866 springfieldarmory.com
Springfield Armory | XD-M Elite 3.8 With a hammer-forged barrel at a mere 3.8 inches and a matching compact slide, the little 9 mm combines amazing capacity with compact dimensions perfectly suitable for concealed carry.
▶U-Dot tactical rack rear sight and fiber-optic front ▶Loaded-chamber indicator ▶Interchangeable backstraps ▶Removable mag well
STD Manufacturing | Nickel Plated 1911 Not every pistol has to be utilitarian polymer. Standard Manufacturing took a page out of the Wayback machine and is offering a nickel-plated 1911 for fans of the 1911, zoot suits and Model A Fords. I mean, we are in the roaring ‘20s again, right?
▶Lowered and flared ejection port ▶Extended magazine release ▶Match-grade trigger ▶4140 Carbon steel frame
Stoeger | STR-9 Optics Ready Giving credence to the incredible popularity of pistol-mounted red-dot sights, Stoeger released an optics-ready version of the affordable STR-9 for 2020. Coming in at less than $400 and offering more than just standard equipment, the STR-9 with mounting plates is a smart choice.
▶Four optics-mounting plates ▶Three backstraps ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶Magazine loader included
Taurus | 942 Based on Taurus’ popular 856 revolver, the 942 is a rimfire wheelgun perfect for training and plinking thanks to the abundance of .22 LR ammunition. The eight-round cylinder adds to its appeal for practicing the fundamentals.
Walther | CCP M2 380 Walther takes the already soft-shooting .380 ACP and makes it even more comfortable with its Softcoil gas technology. Not only is felt recoil reduced, but the pistol’s slide is easier to rack. Additionally, takedown requires no tools and the fixed barrel simplifies cleaning and maintenance.
▶Softcoil gas technology ▶Fixed barrel ▶Ergonomic grip frame ▶Easy-to-rack slide
Wilson Combat | ACP Compact Offering all of the precision, craftsmanship and quality consumers expect from the Wilson Combat brand in a lower price point, the ACP Compact offers features such as Eagle Claw grip and slide treatment along with other select customer-selected options.
▶G10 Eagle Claw grips with black medallions ▶Contoured magazine well ▶Battlesight with red fiber optic front sight ▶Eagle Claw frontstrap/mainspring housing treatment
Wilson Combat | Experior Commander Double Stack Available in full-, commander-length or compact sizes, the Wilson Combat Experior is for those who desire a more capacious 1911 to meet their concealed-carry needs. Chamberings include 9 mm and .45 ACP.
Yankee Hill Machine/Graham Brothers Rifleworks | MARC Bolt Action Pistol GBR1600-300 Built using a Remington 700 action, this compact yet hard-hitting handgun features a MARC Sport Chassis System with a Remage-style barrel interface topped with a 5/8x24 threads and YHM’s Slant Brake. A folding SB Tactical arm brace keeps things small for ease of transport.
Zev Technologies | O.Z9C Compact This compact version of the modular O.Z9 is built around a steel receiver, which is the serialized part. The new compact is ideal for concealed carry, and multiple variations are available—or you can select Zev parts and build one yourself.
▶Bronze match barrel ▶Slimmed PRO magazine well ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶PRO Flat Face Trigger