Our expert reveals his picks for the 10 coolest new models on display in Vegas, priced from $300 to $1,700, you’re sure to find one you’ll want to stick in your belt, put under your pillow, or hide under the card table.
From 1950 until 1981, when it was discontinued, the Colt Cobra was one of the most sought after snub-nose revolvers. This was partly because of its aluminum frame and extreme light weight, and partly because it was a Colt. Now, for 2017, Colt is reintroducing the Cobra, but in an all-steel version that is capable of handing +P ammunition. The new Cobra has a matte stainless finish, 2-inch barrel, and a fiber optic front sight. It should be ideal for personal protection, and it is all Colt. MSRP is $699.
The new CZ-P10 feels good in the hand—with none of the clunkiness you sometimes get with striker-fired pistols—and three interchangeable backstraps provides a good fit for almost anyone. Designed to minimize creep and stacking, the P-10’s trigger breaks at a clean 4- to 4.5 pounds. The gun has a fiber-reinforced polymer frame, a nitride finish, a generous trigger guard, and 3-dot sights. Available in 9mm or .40 S&W, with a 10-, 12-, or 15-round magazine (depending on the model), it retails for right around $500. Tuck it in your waistband and hit the town.
The model offers the same features as the standard FNS but has a 3.6-inch barrel and is designed to be snag-free for better concealment and a faster draw. The front sight also has a larger dot for faster target acquisition. The FNS Compact has a 12- or 17-round capacity depending on the magazine used. It weighs 23.4 ounces, and is 6.7 inches long. Bottom line: If you want a concealable semi-auto personal-protection sidearm, with high capacity, look no further. MSRP is $ 599.
Maybe the most talked-about firearm at the 2017 SHOT Show, the Hudson H9 is best described as a marriage between the two most popular fighting pistols of all time, the 1911 and the Glock. The H9 looks and feels like a 1911 but is a striker-fired handgun, rather than a single-action. Chambered for 9mm Luger, it has a 15+1 double-stacked magazine and a 1911-style trigger that breaks cleanly between 4.75 and 5 pounds. Unloaded weight is 42.6 ounces; suggested retail is $1,147.00. For anyone who has ever felt torn between the 1911 and the Glock, this is the great compromise.
Iver Johnson Pocket Ace
A new derringer chambered for 22LR, the Pocket Ace is a dandy little single-action pistol with four 2-inch barrels! Made entirely in the USA, it is built from stainless steel and has a rotating firing pin and integrated ambidextrous safety. Overall length is a mere 4 inches, and the gun weighs only 7 ounces unloaded. Retailing for just a shade over $300.00, it is a gamblers delight.
Nighthawk North Sky Hawk Revolver
Nighthawk Custom Firearms of 1911 fame is now importing Germany’s legendary Korth revolvers. The Sky Hawk is a Korth-made 9mm compact revolver intended for concealed carry and personal protection. Available with a 2- or 3-inch barrel, it weighs only 1.2 pounds, thanks to its aluminum frame. You have never pulled a revolver trigger as smooth as this one. All in all, it may be the most exquisite compact revolver you can buy. Suggested retail is $1,699.
This is Remington’s first-ever striker-fired pistol. The RP9 weighs 26.4 ounces, comes with three interchangeable backstaps for a perfect fit, and offers 18+1 capacity. It is an extremely smooth shooting 9mm pistol, and the trigger has a distinct tactile and audible reset. It may be a tad large for everyday carry, but because of its shooting ease, the RP9 is an ideal first centerfire handgun or duty pistol. With a suggested retail price of $489, it’s also affordable.
Taurus Viridian Equipped Curve
Taurus has enhanced their unique Curve semi-automatic handgun with an integral Viridian red laser and light that is bright, has a long battery life, features an instant-on mode integrated into the trigger shield, and even has a strobe mode. So equipped, the new Curve offers shooters a complete light-and-laser pistol system out of the box. It weighs a scant 13 ounces, is only 5.2 inches long, and has an MSRP of $419.
Sig Sauer P320 X Carry
Sig Sauer designed the P320 X-Carry to be the ultimate concealed-carry pistol. It has all the features of the X5 but in a compact package. With a 3.9-inch barrel and an overall weight of 25.8 ounces, the pistol is shipped with three 17-round magazines and comes with night sights. However, the rear sight can be removed to accept a Sig Sauer Romeo 1 Red Dot. The X Carry has a suggested retail price of $862; if you decide to add the Sig red-dot sight, it will add $350 to the package.
Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0
The M2.0 pistol is the latest innovation in the M&P polymer-pistol line. This new platform has been engineered to provide enhanced shooter interface and performance, featuring a reduced bore-to-grip axis to mitigate felt recoil and interchangeable palmswells to optimize grip fit. Available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto, with either a matte black or Flat-Dark-Earth finish, the M&P M2.0 is a great handgun for personal protection or sport shooting and retails for $599.