As firearms continue to sell at record pace, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand for existing models. Nonetheless, innovation continues. We are seeing introductions of MRDS-ready, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistols, including higher-capacity micro-9s. Also hitting the market with some frequency are large-format pistols in both rifle and pistol calibers. And, of course, super-premium 1911s continue to be unveiled at the aspirational end of the market.
With alarmed citizens looking to protect themselves, first-time buyers now seem to comprise a larger part of the firearm consumer base. As all guns may be new to them, some old standbys are moving well. So, what’s the market for sophisticated new designs? Long-range rifle competition and the simple fact that one can never have too many guns.
American Tactical |Bull-Dog Featuring a bullpup design that keeps the overall length trim, the Bull-Dog bristles with attractive options for home-defense. Fans of the AR-15-style rifle will appreciate the familiar charging handle, while sections of rail on top of the receiver allow for optics and lights toward the muzzle.
▶AR-style charging handle ▶10-round magazines are available separately ▶Three choke tubes included ▶Adjustable cheek rest
Century Arms| BP-12 Bullpup Shotgun This semi-automatic bullpup shotgun comes configured for home defense right of the box. Thanks to its detachable magazine, reloads are vastly simplified over standard-configuration shotguns. Its adjustable, flip-up iron sights are easy to use and can be paired with an optic of the user’s choosing thanks to the top rail.
▶Optics rail ▶Flip-up iron sights ▶Detachable-box magazine ▶Rubber recoil pad
EAA| Churchill 220 Optics Tactical Now offered in 20 gauge, the EAA Churchill 220 also includes an optics rail along with an MRDS, making it a welcome candidate for those who want a purpose-built semi-automatic for home defense.
▶Mini red-dot sight ▶Breeching choke ▶Pistol grip ▶Enhanced loading port
IWI US| TS12F The popular Tavor TS12 semi-automatic bullpup shotgun is now available in flat dark earth and olive drab for those who desire something other than a bland, black home-defense firearm. With its three, five-round, rotating magazine tubes, it packs a fight-stopping 15 rounds of 12-gauge shells on board, making it ideal for home defense.
Savage Arms| 320 Security Thumbhole Ghost-Ring Sights For those looking for a budget-conscious smooth-bore, the latest addition to Savage’s popular line of Stevens 320 Security shotguns pairs a thumbhole stock with other select defensive-oriented features. It is also available in 20 gauge.
▶Ambidextrous cheek riser ▶Textured pistol grip ▶Rotary bolt ▶Sling swivel stud on stock and magazine cap