New Semi Auto Handguns for 2021

posted on May 3, 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.

Browning  1911-22 Black Label Suppressor Ready Muzzle Brake Laser

Browning | 1911-22 Black Label Suppressor Ready Muzzle Brake Laser

If you’re a fan of the 1911 and are looking for a fun, easy-to-shoot and extremely well-built pistol for plinking, this is the gun for you. With the included muzzle brake and Crimson Trace laser, accuracy should be a cinch, while removing the brake allows mounting a suppressor for even more fun at the range.

Muzzle brake
Crimson Trace Railmaster laser included
Stippled Buckmark grips
Extended beavertail

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.88 inches
Overall Length: 8.13 inches
Weight:14 ounces
MSRP: $829.99
(800) 333-3288

Browning  1911-380 Black Label Pro American Flag

Browning | 1911-380 Black Label Pro American Flag

With its .380 ACP chambering, this 1911-style pistol is a solid option for concealed carry for those who prefer a light, easy-to-control handgun. The gorgeous wooden grips feature a subdued American flag to showcase your patriotism while providing excellent purchase.

Rosewood grips with American flag artwork
Commander-style hammer
Ambidextrous thumb safety
Three-dot Combat sights

Caliber: .380 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
MSRP: $829.99
(800) 333-3288

Browning  Buck Mark Plus Vision Black/Gold Suppressor Ready

Browning | Buck Mark Plus Vision Black/Gold Suppressor Ready

Beyond its striking appearance thanks to the gold barrel beneath an intricate shroud, this pistol is deceptively lightweight, yet still easy and incredibly fun to shoot. Made with pinpoint accuracy in mind, it features a host of upgrades over a standard .22 LR handgun, all designed to make it ideal for both plinking and rimfire competition.

TruGlo fiber-optic front sight
Adjustable Pro-Target rear sight
Removable muzzle brake
Gold Cerakote barrel

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 5.88 inches
Overall Length: 9.9 inches
Weight: 14 ounces
MSRP: $719.99
(800) 333-3288

CZ  P-10 S

CZ | P-10 S

If you have a need or merely a preference for something other than black, the P-10 S is now also available in OD Green and Flat Dark Earth. All other features of this popular, lightweight, carry handgun remain the same.

Three-dot, ledge-style tritium night sights
12+1 capacity
Recurved trigger guard
Beveled muzzle

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.5 inches
Overall Length: 6.6 inches
Weight: 24.4 ounces
MSRP: $619
(800) 955-4486

CZ  Tactical Sport 2

CZ | Tactical Sport 2

Thanks to its low slide profile and redesigned frame, the TS 2 offers a low bore axis that prevents excessive muzzle rise. The Tactical Sport 2 is deigned for fast, comfortable handling and handling, and easy customization.

Low-profile slide
Front cocking serrations
Fiber-optic front sight
Aluminum grips

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 5.23 inches
Overall Length: 8.86 inches
Weight: 48 ounces
MSRP: $1,699
(800) 955-4486

EAA  Girsan MC9 Standard TV

EAA | Girsan MC9 Standard TV

In addition to its ergonomically designed polymer frame and interchangeable backstrap inserts, the latest offering from Girsan features a milled side cut and includes the company’s patent-pending Fast Acquisition Red Dot optics (FAR-DOT).

Interchangeable backstraps
Built-in trigger safety
Accessory rail

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.2 inches
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Weight: 22.4 ounces
MSRP: $568
(321) 639-4842

FN America  FN 509 LS Edge

FN America | FN 509 LS Edge

Now in an optics-ready platform with four MRD slide adapter plates, the FN 509 LS Edge is a striker-fired pistol made for competition. It also doubles as a personal-defense handgun with a solid trigger and three spare mags for carry or training purposes.

Flat-face trigger
Optics ready
4 MRD plates
Two backstraps

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.2 inches
Weight: 31 ounces
MSRP: $1,499
(703) 288-3500

Glock  G43X MOS

Glock | G43X MOS

Glock has taken the G43X (and G48) of the company’s single-stack Slim Line and added a slide cut for a micro red-dot sight (MRDS) as well as an accessory rail. The MOS version allows for direct installation of a low-mounted sight (not included) as well as a laser and/or light module.

Front cocking serrations
MRDS-ready slide
Single-slot rail
Safe Action trigger

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.41 inches
Overall Length: 6.5 inches
Weight: 18.55 ounces
MSRP: $582
(770) 432-1202

Heckler & Koch  VP9L OR

Heckler & Koch | VP9L OR

Heckler & Kock’s all-time best-seller, the VP9, has been upgraded with the VP9L OR. An O-ring bushing on the 5-inch barrel tightens lockup, resulting in tighter groups. The slide is pre-cut for a red-dot sight and mounting plates are available for five of the most popular footprints of that type.

Pre-cut slide for MRDS
Lightening cuts
10-, 17- and 20-round magazines
Multi-slot accessory rail

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.23 inches
Weight: 27.16 ounces
MSRP: $1,059
(706) 568-1906

Kimber  Micro9 Rapide (Black Ice)

Kimber | Micro9 Rapide (Black Ice)

Kimber’s Micro9 line gets an attractive addition in the Rapide (Black Ice) variant. Featuring sculpted G10 grips, subtle two-tone finish and ambidextrous safety, the Micro9 Rapide is as easy to run as it is on the eyes.

DLC-coated barrel
G10 grips
Tru-Glo TFX tritium day/night sights
Kimpro II slide finish

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.15 inches
Overall Length: 6.4 inches
Weight: 15.6 ounces
MSRP: $883
(888) 243-4522

Lone Wolf  Timberwolf LTD

Lone Wolf | Timberwolf LTD

Built by a company that has spent two decades offering aftermarket parts and modifications for polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols, Lone Wolf has introduced its Timberwolf LTD, which stands for Lightweight Tactical Defense pistol. It is intended to offer enhanced comfort, lighter weight and reduced felt recoil when compared to similar pistols.

Low-mass slide
Comfortable grip angle
Radiused, undercut trigger guard
Low-profile mag well

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 7.16 inches
Weight: 19 ounces
MSRP: $699
(208) 448-0600

MasterPiece Arms  MPA DS9 Hybrid Black & Blue Pistol

MasterPiece Arms | MPA DS9 Hybrid Black & Blue Pistol

MasterPiece Arms absorbed the wide-body, double-stack 1911 from Freedom Gunworks, which resulted in the DS9 Hybrid, a competition-ready 9 mm with premium features and a highly accurate 5-inch bull barrel. MRDS not included.

Double-stack 1911
Competition ready
MPA416R bull barrel
Black-anodized grip

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.75 inches
Weight: 40 ounces
MSRP: $2,999
(706) 395-7050

Nighthawk Custom  VIP Agent 2

Nighthawk Custom | VIP Agent 2

Combining Old-World finishing techniques with modern machining has resulted in the Nighthawk Custom VIP Agent 2, a 1911 for the 21st century. The product of a partnership between Nighthawk Custom, Turnbull Restoration and Agency Arms is a truly unique and stunning firearm.

Turnbull color-case-hardened frame
High-polished, charcoal-blued small parts
18K solid-gold bead front sight
Mammoth-ivory grips

Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.59 inches
Weight: 39.6 ounces
MSRP: $8,499
(877) 268-4867

Republic Forge  Damasteel Patriot Commander

Republic Forge | Damasteel Patriot Commander

From the intricate pattern of its slide to the warm hues of its color-case-hardened frame, the Damasteel Patriot Commander proves that finely crafted 1911s can also be things of beauty.

Skeletonized trigger
Stag grips
Texas Star hammer
Hand-chambered barrel

Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Overall Length: 7.52 inches
Weight: 39 ounces
MSRP: $5,995
(505) 659-6289

Republic Forge  Handfit Ultimate Longslide

Republic Forge | Handfit Ultimate Longslide

As aesthetically pleasing as it is accurate, the Ultimate Longslide ships with both 9 mm and .38 Super barrels. The frame sports a color-case-hardened finish and fancy mammoth-ivory grips are included.

Red fiber-optic front sight
Adjustable Novak rear sight
Single-sided thumb safety
New Mexico Zia hammer

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 9 rounds
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 9.5 inches
Weight: 43 ounces
MSRP: $6,220
(505) 659-6289

Ruger  MAX-9

Ruger | MAX-9

A striker-fired design with redundant safety mechanisms, the MAX-9 boasts an optics-ready slide compatible with both JPoint- and Shield-pattern MRDS. Ruger’s first higher-capacity micro-9 ships with two 12-round magazines and a finger-grip-extension. 

Glass-filled nylon frame
Manual safety
Integral trigger safety
Tritium/fiber-optic front sight

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
Overall Length: 6 inches
Weight: 18.5 ounces
MSRP: $499
(336) 949-5200

SAR USA  SAR9 Optics-Ready Pistol

Optics-Ready Pistol

Based on the heavily tested and NATO-approved SAR9, the SAR9 Optics-Ready Pistol is simply that: A SAR9 with the slide pre-cut for mounting a mini red-dot sight (not included). That allows shooters to easily enjoy all of a red-dot benefits, including having the target and dot in the same focal plane.

Optic-ready mount
Interchangeable backstrap insert
Black-oxide slide
Recessed barrel crown

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 19 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.4 inches
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Weight: 27.8 ounces
MSRP: $736.82
(833) 727-4867

SIG Sauer  P320MAX pistol

SIG Sauer | P320MAX pistol

Designed with input from world-class shooter Max Michel, the new P320MAX comes with competitive-shooting-based upgrades that will help any-level shooter do better. With multiple 21-round magazines and a red-dot included, you’re ready for any challenge.

SIG Sauer Romeo 3 Max red-dot sight
12- and 14-pound recoil springs
Match-grade bull barrel
Four magazines included

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 21 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Weight: 43.5 ounces
MSRP: $1,599.99
(603) 610-3000

SIG Sauer  P320XCarry Legion pistol

SIG Sauer | P320XCarry Legion pistol

Bringing SIG’s Legion upgrades to a more carry-friendly pistol, the P320 X-Carry Legion wears SIG’s Legion gray PVD finish and includes a flared mag well that accepts the custom 17-round magazines with aluminum base pads. 

Tungsten-infused grip
XRay3 Day/Night suppressor-height sights
Threaded barrel
Skeletonized trigger

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.6 inches
Overall Length: 8.1 inches
Weight: 40.5 ounces
MSRP: $999.99
(603) 610-3000

Smith & Wesson  Shield Plus

Smith & Wesson | Shield Plus

It looks like a standard Smith & Wesson Shield, but not quite—this model carries up to 11. Rounds, that is. The familiar Shield pistol now has a larger-capacity variant that’s very nearly the same size as the original.

Bladed-safety trigger
18-degree grip angle
Armornite finish
Extended 13-round mag included

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Overall Length: 6.1 inches
Weight: 20.2 ounces
MSRP: $553
(800) 331-0852

Springfield Armory  Hellcat RDP

Springfield Armory | Hellcat RDP

The new Hellcat RDP (rapid defense package) features a self-indexing compensator and Hex Wasp red dot, a new proprietary offering from Springfield Armory.

Optics ready
Hex Wasp red dot
Self-indexing compensator
Gen 2 trigger

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 13 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.8 inches
Overall Length: 7 inches
Weight: 19.4 ounces
(800) 680-6866

Springfield Armory  Ronin 10 mm

Springfield Armory | Ronin 10 mm

The Ronin 10 mm features a classic two-tone design that is perfectly accented by red laminate grips, all of which comes in a powerful 1911-style platform with a skeletonized Gen 2 Speed trigger.

Forged carbon steel slide
Classic two-tone design
Tactical Rack rear sight, fiber optic front
Front-cocking serrations

Caliber: 10 mm
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.6 inches
Weight: 40 ounces
MSRP: $849
(800) 680-6866

Staccato  2011 Staccato P

Staccato | 2011 Staccato P

The Staccato P is now approved for duty by more than 280 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Combining accuracy, reliability and durability with its MRDS-ready features makes it a premium duty pistol. The P can be personalized with a DLC coating, threaded barrel, chromed slide and engraving, too. Optic not included.

Tactical Advantage mag well
Optional Tactical Dawson Universal Optic system
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) finish
Flush-fit, 11-degree crown barrel

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.4 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Weight: 36 ounces
MSRP: $2,699
(512) 819-0656

Staccato  2011 Staccato XL

Staccato | 2011 Staccato XL

Staccato has taken its more than 25 years of competition experience and distilled it into the Staccato XL. It is now available optics ready with lower-profile mounting plates and lower-height iron sights that will co-witness with an optical sight. Optic not included.

Slotted slide cuts
Optional Tactical Dawson Universal Optic system
Custom color options
Tactical Advantage mag well

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 5.4 inches
Overall Length: 8.9 inches
Weight: 39 ounces
MSRP: $3,999
(512) 819-0656

Stoeger  STR-9S Combat

Stoeger | STR-9S Combat

Extended magazines, threaded barrels, suppressor-height sights and an optics cut are features you might expect in a firearm that costs significantly more than Stoeger’s new STR-9S Combat. It even comes with three 20-round magazines, all at an MSRP less than a good number of other optics-ready handguns. Optic not included.

Optics-ready with four plates
Threaded barrel
Three backstraps
Suppressor-height sights

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.17 inches
Overall Length: 7.44 inches
Weight: 25.6 ounces
MSRP: $549
(800) 264-4962

Taurus  G3 TORO

Taurus | G3 TORO

Featuring Taurus’ TORO optics-ready slide with four different adapter plates to accommodate a wide range of red dots, the G3 is a full-size handgun that is ideal for concealed-carry purposes. The Gen 3 trigger system provides enhanced accuracy from a proven pistol platform. Optic not included.

▶ Gen 3 trigger system
▶ Optics-ready slide
▶ Teflon coating
▶ Visual loaded-chamber indicator

Caliber: 9 mm 
Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds
Barrel Length: 4 inches          
Overall Length: 7.28 inches
Weight: 24.8 ounces
MSRP: $408.79
(229) 515-8464

Taurus  G3C TORO

Taurus | G3C TORO

The G3C expands on a successful G3 line with a compact variant that features an optics-cut slide with four adapter plates. This newest model accommodates a wide variety of micro red dots, making it a great option for everyday carry (EDC) or personal-defense purposes. 

Optics-ready slide
Gen 3 trigger system
Visual loaded-chamber indicator
Teflon coating

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
Overall Length: 6.3 inches
Weight: 22 ounces
MSRP: $408.77
(229) 515-8464

Taurus  TX22 Competition

Taurus | TX22 Competition

Built for competition or plinking at the range, the TX22 features a Taurus Performance Trigger System (PTS) and ergonomic grip, as well as an optics-ready slide, for the best in high-performance accuracy. Optic not included.

Performance Trigger System (PTS)
Ergonomic grip
Optics-ready slide
Ambidextrous safety selector

Caliber:.22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 16 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.21 inches
Weight: 23.2 ounces
MSRP: $484.86
(229) 515-8464

Walther  PDP

Walther | PDP

Walther’s new top-of-the-line personal protection pistol doesn’t want for anything. In addition to a host of features, the pistol boasts an excellent trigger, fine accuracy and good ergonomics. It is not only deeply cut for a mini red-dot sight, but the grip is also contoured to provide leverage to make the dot easier to find.

Pre-cut slide for MRDS mounting
SuperTerrain cocking serrations
Interchangeable backstrap insert
Performance duty texture

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 18 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.5 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Weight: 25.4 ounces
MSRP: $649
(479) 242-8500

Zev Technologies  Z320 XCompact Octane Gunmod

Zev Technologies | Z320 XCompact Octane Gunmod

Zev’s touches to SIG Sauer’s P320 X-Series Compact include the former’s Octane slide, which sports aggressive serrations to with manipulations and ports and cuts reduce weight, allowing the pistol to shoot flatter and maintain sight picture more easily during follow-up shots. Further upgrades include a Zev barrel, sights and stippling on the grip module.

Z320 XCompact Octane slide
Z320 XCompact PRO barrel
XCompact Grip with Zev diamond-pattern laser stippling
P320 X Series flat-face trigger

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.6 inches
Overall Length: 7 inches
Weight: 21 ounces
MSRP: $1,299
(805) 486-5800

Zev Technologies  Z365 Octane Gunmod

Zev Technologies | Z365 Octane Gunmod

The SIG Sauer P365 took the concealed-carry market by storm when it was introduced, and now Zev is offering a fully enhanced version of the popular micro 9 mm. The Octane slide is cut for an optic, while the company’s improved iron sights are also included. Custom touches abound to make the pistol even better for concealed carry.

Z365 Octane slide
Z365 PRO barrel
Fiber-optic Combat sights
Zev diamond-pattern stippling on grip

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Overall Length: 5.75 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
MSRP: $1,199
(805) 486-5800


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