What’s New? 2007 Handguns

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A quick look at new handguns coming to a gun shop near you in 2007

By Payton Miller , J. Scott Rupp

ArmaLite

ArmaLite AR-24

The well-known black-gun rifle maker is now in the pistol biz. The AR-24 is made in Turkey and is available in 9mm and .40 S&W on a compact frame. The AR-26 is available in .45 ACP. We will keep readers updated on this pistol as guns become available. www.armalite.com, 309/…

Browning


Browning Muck Mark Plus UDX

The venerable Buck Mark semiauto rimfire pistol now has a UDX line, so named for a new set of stocks called Ultragrip DX. Standard features include a five-inch barrel, adjustable Pro-Target rear sight and Truglo/Marbles fiber-optic front sight. The Plus UDX has brown walnut laminate grips with matte blue finish, and there’s a Plus Stainless Black UDX with stainless metal and black laminate grips. A rosewood-grip version with matte blue finish is also available through select dealers. Suggested retail ranges from $330 to $357. www.browning.com, 801…

Chaparral Arms

Chaparral Arms 1873 Peacemaker

This importer of Italian-made Cowboy Action replicas is offering an 1873 Peacemaker in .357, .44-40 and .45 Colt. Barrel lengths are 4 3/4, 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 inches. www.chaparralfirearms.com, 866/…

FNH-USA

America’s favorite handgun caliber is in a new platform. The FNP-45 is a traditional double-action .45 ACP auto with a polymer frame, interchangeable backstrap inserts, accessory rail and ambidextrous decocking levers and magazine release. It can be had with a matte black stainless steel or matte silver stainless slide. www.fnhusa.com, 703/288-
1292

Nighthawk Custom


Vickers Tactical 1911 .45 Auto

Built in conjunction with noted pistolero Larry Vickers, the new Vickers Tactical 1911 .45 auto from Nighthawk employs Caspian components such as the integral plunger tube and tactical magazine well and a trigger developed by Hamilton Yam. It features a black finish, tan Strider Simonich grips, STI hammer and Heinie low-mount night sights. Options include Crimson Trace LaserGrips, ambidextrous safeties, Bo-Mar adjustable sights and a Coyote Tan finish. Suggested retail is $2,875. www.nighthawkcustom.com, 877/…

Para-Ordnance


Para-Ordnance Tac-Forty LDA

Para-Ord’s new Tac-Forty is a Light Double Action semiauto with a match-grade 4 1/2-inch-barreled 15+1-shot duty pistol in .40 S&W. It features a stainless receiver and three-dot drift-adjustable combat sights. Suggested retail is $1,047. The company also now has a full-size .45 ACP version of its Warthog ($899) and a single-stack Nite-Tac LDA ($1,124)–as well as new Tactical Duty (stainless with cocobolo grips, $1,169) and PXT 1911 Stainless (three-dot combat sights, $1,064) single-action, single-stack pistols. www.paraord.com, 416/…

Ruger

There’s a new, scaled-down version of the Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 Magnum.

This 2 1/2-inch-barreled brute features a Hogue Monogrip, satin stainless finish and fully adjustable sights. Suggested retail is $860. www.ruger.com, 203/259-7843

Sigarms


Sigarms P220

There’s now a single-action version of the .45 ACP P220. It features an 8+1 round capacity, cold hammer-forged barrel and lightweight alloy frame. It can be had with Siglite Night Sights or regular high-contrast combat sights. It comes with either a Nitron or a two-tone finish. Suggested retail is $859 to $959.

In order to raise money for the families of fallen police officers, Sigarms has introduced the Concerns of Police Survivors commemorative pistol, a two-tone P229 in .40 S&W featuring Siglite Night Sights and custom wood grips. Each pistol has the words “Honoring the Fallen” engraved on the right side of the slide. Sigarms will donate $100 of each sale to COPS. www.sigarms.com, 603/772-2302

Smith & Wesson


Smith & Wesson M&P9c

Smith has come up with a compact take on its highly regarded M&P double-action-only auto. Designed primarily as a concealed carry pistol, the M&P9c is a 21.7-ounce 9mm with a 3 1/2-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.7 inches. It features a Zytel polymer frame reinforced with a ridged stainless steel chassis and a hardened black melonite stainless steel barrel. It’s got a Novak Lo-Mount compact rear sight, but tritium sights are available. www.smith-wesson.com, 800/331-0852

Springfield Armory


Springfield Armory Enhanced Micro Pistol

The Enhanced Micro Pistol is built from the ground up to run short-action cartridges such as 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 GAP. Springfield engineers downsized the frame and slide and redesigned 15 different parts to come up with a production 1911 that weighs just 23 ounces; with its three-inch barrel it measures a diminutive 6.6 inches overall. The first EMP (at least we suspect it’s only the first) is chambered in 9mm. Capacity is 9+1, and it comes with two magazines. www.springfield-armory.com

Taurus


Taurus PT 24/7 OSS DS Long Slide Pistol 45 ACP

The 24/7 OSS was designed to contract specs for the U.S. Special Operations Command. It is available in .45 ACP, .40 S&W and 9mm and features the company’s innovative Single Action/Double Action trigger system. It fires normally from a single-action mode, but if the primer fails to ignite, the gun reverts to double-action mode to provide an additional try at the primer. The gun features an ambidextrous decocking lever and safety. Suggested retail is $600. www.taurususa.com, (800) 327-3776

Uberti Cowboy

Action traditionalists will want to check out two new cartridge conversion revolvers. First is an 1871-1872 Open Top. It’s available in .38 Special and .45 Colt and features walnut stocks, a blued finish and barrel length options of 4 3/4, 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 inches. Then there is an 1871 Richards-Mason, also available in .38 Special and .45 Colt in the same barrel lengths with walnut stocks and a blued finish. Suggested retail on each is $450. www.uberti.com, 301/283-6300

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