This roundup of new handguns was assembled shortly before Christmas, and you can bet my wish list grew by leaps and bounds as I worked on it. As is common most years, the new guns in this preview are typically refinements of existing models, which is a good thing because a lot of us look at Gun X and think “Boy, if they’d just add such and such, it would be perfect for me.”
Here’s a look at some of the best new handguns for 2013.
The gun also features CZ’s excellent DA/SA Omega trigger system. It comes with decockers installed, but you can convert it to a manual safety with the supplied parts. The P-09 is also supplied with three interchangeable backstraps.
Price: 9mm, $514; .40, $528
$824; Tactical version, $1,399
It’s ever so slightly larger than the P380, but we’re talking hundredths of an inch with an overall length of five inches, and it’s also tenths of an ounce heavier. Aside from the barrel, the cost savings come from a pinned polymer front sight instead of steel, and it ships with just one magazine instead of two.
Now comes the .22 TCM Mid-Size Standard, a Commander-length 1911. Unlike the Micro Mag, this is a dedicated .22 TCM and doesn’t come with a 9mm conversion kit. It has 8+1 capacity and weighs just shy of 4.5 pounds. The slide is Parkerized, and the grips are polymer. Sights are low-profile and snag-free.
Price: $993, $1,085 with Night Sights
The M&P C.O.R.E.s incorporate a Performance Center sear for a 4.5-pound pull and shorter reset; higher sights that you can use with an optic mounted; and a new muzzle crown.
One new one is an update of the classic Model 41 rimfire, a competition favorite. The Performance Center M41 comes with an integral Picatinny rail for mounting optics, making it ready for any competitive course of fire. Performance Center gunsmiths have also tuned the action. But for those who prefer to shoot irons, the M41 has a removable front sight and an adjustable rear sight.
Other than that, the pistol’s configuration remains unchanged: carbon steel frame, 5.5-inch barrel and 10-round magazine.
It has the same slide cuts as the full-size gun, but the G10 grips on the Round Butt are two-tone orange/black.
It’s compact at just over six inches overall and weighs in at 23 ounces. It features an interchangeable sight and a manual hammer-dropping safety. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds.
Price: Black, $400; Stainless, $430
Up front it’s got a MIL-STD 1913 rail, and there’s a threaded-barrel version for suppressor use.