New Large Format Semi-Auto Pistols for 2021

posted on May 5, 2021

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.

Armalite AR19

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.

 ArmaLite TAC Brake
 Shockwave Blade brace
 M-Lok-compatible freefloat handguard
 Wide trigger guard

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 33 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Length: 29 inches
Weight: 80 ounces
MSRP: $1,112
(623) 780-1050

Arsenal Inc.  SAM7K

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

Caliber: 7.62x39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Length: 18 inches
Weight: 90.4 ounces
MSRP: $1,799
(702) 643-2220

Century Arms  AP5

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.

 Picatinny optics rail
 Three-lug QD muzzle device
 Cold-hammer-forged barrel
 Adjustable rear drum sight

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.9 inches
Overall Length: 17.9 inches
Weight: 88 ounces
(561) 908-7993

CMMG  Banshee Mk4 .22 LR with QD End Cap

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

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 25 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.5 inches
Overall Length: 14.7 inches
Weight: 57 ounces
MSRP: $1,024.95
(660) 248-2293

CMMG  Banshee 300 Mk9

CMMG | Banshee 300 Mk9

The Mk9 gets an update that features the new radial-delayed, blowback-operated system, which offers less recoil in the highly popular 9 mm chambering.

 Radial-delayed blowback
 CMMG RipBrace
 Accepts Colt SMG-pattern magazines
 Upgrade kits available

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 32 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 18.9 inches
Weight: 74.9 ounces
MSRP: $1,499.95 
(660) 248-2293

Diamondback  DB15 300 Blackout

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

Caliber: .300 BLK
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 10 inches
Overall Length: 31.75 inches
Weight: 100.8 ounces
MSRP: $1,130
(321) 305-5995

Kel-Tec  P50

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

Caliber: 5.7x28 mm
Magazine Capacity: 50 rounds
Barrel Length: 9.6 inches
Overall Length: 15 inches
Weight: 51.2 ounces
MSRP: $995
(800) 515-9983


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

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.6 inches
Overall Length: 27.8 inches
Weight: 78.4 ounces
MSRP: $1,999
(833) 727-4867


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