As firearmscontinue 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.
ArmaLite | AR19 The company’s first pistol-caliber offering, the AR19 accepts 33-round Glock magazines, which makes it a good candidate for home defense, especially for those who rely on that Austrian pistol for their CCW needs.
Arsenal Inc. | SAM7K The Bulgarian-made SAM7K features forged and milled receivers along with a chrome-lined, hammer-forged barrel for enhanced durability and corrosion resistance Though it only ships with a five-round magazine, the SAM7K accepts more capacious mil-spec variants.
▶AK scope rail for optics ▶Ambidextrous safety ▶Hinged dustcover ▶Dual aperture rear peep sight
Century Arms | AP5 If this large-format handgun looks familiar, that’s definitely by design. Featuring the same roller-delayed blowback operation found on the venerable MP5, this Turkish-made, semi-automatic-only clone promises to be reliable, accurate and fun. It comes with a sling to make handling it easier for range work and home defense.
CMMG | Banshee Mk4 .22 LR with QD End Cap The new Mk4 Banshee is the shortest and lightest Banshee on the Mk4 platform in .22 LR thanks to a QD end cap that provides a wide range of compatibility with accessories.
▶Shortest Banshee available ▶QD end cap ▶Compatible with CMMG .22 LR conversion kits ▶KAK Slim Flash Can
Diamondback | DB15 300 Blackout With a host of features designed for home defense, the DB15 in .300 BLK offers a compact, easy-to-maneuver pistol. With sturdy arm brace, blast-deflecting muzzle device and M-Lok attachment points for accessories, it’s great out of the box or for you to customize to your liking.
▶Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 2 brace ▶Magpul MOE K2+grip ▶KAK Flash Can ▶M-Lok attachment points on fore-end
Kel-Tec | P50 Looking like something out of Blade Runner or Flash Gordon, Kel-Tec’s P50 packs some impressive engineering into its futuristic design. Using the FN PS90 magazine, an entire box of 5.7x28 mm ammunition can be loaded at a time.
▶Picatinny rail for optics ▶QD sling mounts ▶Ambidextrous safety ▶Lower-capacity magazines available
SAR USA | 109T A large-format pistol, the blowback-operated 109T incorporates an 8.6-inch barrel for maneuverability, and accepts most pistol buffer-tube braces. In addition to compactness, the 109T offers firepower and comes with three 30-round magazines.
▶Chrome-moly barrel ▶Picatinny rail system ▶Freefloat handguard ▶Non-reciprocating charging handle