<b>Beretta Model 92FS Compact L Pistol</b><br /> So new it’s not on the website, the Beretta 92FS Compact in 9mm has a shorter 4.0-inch barrel, plus the original’s 5.4-inch height has been reduced over an inch, cutting down cartridge capacity, but aiding in concealability. It’s available in a Burniton TM finish as well as Inox with a bead-blasted stainless slide and a matching anodized alloy frame. The open-top slide virtually eliminates jams and stove-piping, and it has a SA/DA action, ambi-safety/hammer drop, reversible mag release, fixed sights and black checkered plastic grips (berettausa.com).
<b>Boberg Arms XR9-S Pistol</b><br /> A unique design makes the XR9-S one of the smallest lock-breech 9mm pistols in existence. Boberg’s XR reverse-cartridge-feeding technology allows for the fitting of 3.35-inch barrel in a gun with an overall length of 5.1 inches, with the ejection port centered above the grip frame. This “bullpup” pistol carries the cartridges in the magazine nose-forward into the back of the magazine. They are then lifted directly into the chamber, so no feed-ramp is needed. An egonomic grip with a low bore axis makes this tiny DAO 7+1 shooter reliable and controllable (bobergarms.com).
<b>Caracal F .40</b><br /> Specifically for the U.S. market, Caracal has introduced for 2013 the Model F in .40 caliber. Another for-Americans-only improvement is the gun’s fixed, dovetail-mounted, three-dot combat sights. It has a 14+1 capacity, and the polymer frame has a rail, an ambi mag release and a DAO action. The Model F’s low-profile and bore axis, plus its bold checkered/textured grip, reduces recoil. Service size with a 4.09-inch barrel, 7.01-inch overall length, 5.31-inch height, and 1.1-inch width, it’s the perfect size/weight for duty or defense use (caracal-usa.com).
<b>CZ-USA PO-9 Pistol</b><br /> Another you’ve-seen-it-here-first handgun is the LE-optimized CZ PO-9. It represents a progression of the landmark internal rail CZ design, with extras added to enhance duty carry. From top to bottom, you can see the fixed combat sights on the matte steel slide with front and rear serrations, low-profile levers for decocking and takedown, skeletonized hammer spur for the SA/DA action and a lower accessory rail ahead of the hooked triggerguard. A push-button mag release and knurled/textured grip panels finish the package (cz-usa.com).
<b>DoubleTap Defense Tactical Pocket Pistol</b><br /> Reintroduced and improved, the DoubleTap micro over-under two-shooter in .45 ACP and 9mm is only .665-inch wide. The aluminum model weighs only 12 ounces empty. Integral grips have a housing that holds two extra rounds in a tiny speed-strip if desired, and optional barrel ports reduce muzzle flip and recoil. Truly a pocket gun with an overall length and height of 5.5 inches and 3.9 inches, respectively, it has an ambi thumb-latch elector DAO trigger that operates two internal hammers. An AR-type push-out hinge pin allows for quick caliber conversion (doubletapdefensellc.com).
<b>Eagle Imports Metroarms MAC 1911 Bobcut</b><br /> New Philippine-made .45’s are coming ashore the United States that offer many custom enhancements as standard features. The throated 4.25-inch-barreled Bobcut, with its concealment-enhancing chopped butt, comes in blue, hard chrome and a two-tone that I liked. It is Commander-sized—8+1—and some of its many features include a Novak-style adjustable rear sight with fiber-optic front sight, skeletonized hammer, combat trigger, enhanced beavertail grip safety, flared/lowered ejection port, extended safety and beveled mag well (metroarms.com).
<b>Sphinx SDP Subcompact 9mm</b><br /> Another mini-powerhouse, the new Sphinx SDP-S boasts a 15+1 magazine capacity, yet it has a 3.7-inch barrel, a 7.48-inch overall length, a height of 5.5 inches and a weight of just 27.5 ounces. It’s traditional SA/DA with an ambi decocking leaver and a mag catch, plus six safeties. The SDP-S features a full-length guide rail for increased accuracy and an integrated recoil buffer and heavily checkered grips to counter muzzle flip. The steel slide has a black TIAIN-coated finish and is fitted with fixed combat sights (sphinxarms.com).
by Personal Defense World / Jan 17, 2013