There are new full size handguns for 2014, such as Glock, Ruger and Smith & Wesson, which are used for the multi-purposes of self-defense, duty and competition shooting.
CZ P-07 DUTY
Continuing on the success of the CZ P-09 Duty introduced in 2013, the new P-07 Duty is a compact version of this dynamic semi-automatic pistol from the Czech Republic. Recent refinements to the P-09 have been incorporated into the P-07, and these improvements include interchangeable backstraps on the polymer grip frame and a nitrated slide for enhanced durability. The pistol has also been dehorned, with all sharp edges removed for comfortable concealment.
Like the updated PO-9, the PO-7 has a reversible safety and decocker that can be switched with a minimum of time and tools. Plus, there’s an integral Picatinny rail built into the dust cover for mounting lights or laser sights. A new trigger shape provides more shooting comfort during long range sessions, and there’s a snag-free hammer and forward cocking serrations on the contoured slide. Metal three-dot sights and a beefed-up magazine spring for more reliable cartridge feeding round out the list of updates that make the P-07 one of the best selections on the market for law enforcement or self-defense use. Specifications include an overall length of 7.3 inches with a 3.8-inch barrel and a weight of 1.7 pounds. Height is 5.3 inches and width is 1.46 inches. The polymer grip frame is stippled and capacity is 12+1 rounds of .40 ammo.
For more information on the CZ P-07, visit cz-usa.com or call 800-995-4486.
FNS-40 Long Slide
FNH USA has taken one of its popular models and given it the long-slide treatment. The FNS-40 can now be had with a 5-inch barrel, giving the pistol an overall length of 8.25-inch and an empty weight of 29.7 ounces. The FNS-40 Long Slide is the result of five years of development and over 400,000 rounds of intensive testing. It is striker-fired, and its longer barrel not only enhances cartridge performance, but allows for a greater sighting radius. Meanwhile, the DA action provides plenty of user safety.
A mating of polymer and steel, the FNS-40 Long Slide comes with interchangeable backstraps for better shooter fit. Plus, the front, back and sides of the grip frame are finely checkered to help control recoil and muzzle flip during rapid-fire shooting. The frames dust cover has an integral accessory rail and the front of the triggerguard is serrated. The magazine catch and slide release are ambidextrous and there are no external safeties. The stainless steel slide can be had in a matte black or silver finish, and it also has front and rear cocking serrations. The FNS-40 Long Slide is also fitted with an external extractor and loaded-chamber indicator. The fixed, three-dot sights are dovetailed into the top of the slide and can be drifted for windage. The barrel is conventionally rifled with a 1-in-16-inches right-hand twist. The magazine has a polished body, a low-friction follower and will hold 14 rounds of .40 S&W cartridges.
For more information on the FNS-40 Long Slide, visit fnhusa.com or call 703-288-3500.
GLOCK 41 Gen4
The newest addition to the Glock line of Safe-Action pistols is the Glock 41 Gen4 in .45 ACP. It is the combination of a G34 slide and a G21 Gen 4 polymer frame, and was designed to maximize sight radius and improve weight distribution. Even after all that is still weighs 2.3 ounces less than a G21 Gen4. The longer barrel and slide on the G41 Gen4 help increase ammunition performance, reduce recoil and muzzle flip, while the longer sight radius makes it more accurate for competition or duty use.
Glock believes this new pistol will be ideal for tactical use on and off the range. The G41 Gen 4 has all the usual features of the Glock Gen4 pistol series, which includes the modular backstrap design, the Gen4 rough-textured grip frame surface and dual recoil spring assembly. This large frame pistol weighs 27 ounces with an empty magazine and has an overall length of 8.9 inches with its 5.31-inch barrel. It has fixed sights, a durable matte finish and 13+1 cartridge capacity. I got the chance to do a short test shoot and its low bore-axis coupled with its weight and polymer frame tame full-power .45 ACP loads and enhance its accuracy potential.
For more information on the Glock 41, visit us.glock.com or call 770-432-1202.
New for 2014 is the Kahr CT40 pistol in the popular .40 S&W caliber. This is a continuation of Kahr’s popular economy-class handguns that differ from premium-grade models in that they have conventionally rifled barrels and improvements in the production process without any compromises in overall quality. Plus, they come in a simple cardboard box and include only one magazine. The CT40 has the best features of the full-frame TP series in a more affordable package that will appeal to budget-minded individuals and agencies.
Like many Kahr offerings, the CT40 is the marriage of a stainless steel slide/barrel and a single-piece polymer frame/grip. With a 4-inch barrel, overall length of 6.5 inches and slim width of just 0.94 inches, this pistol is perfectly suited for concealed carry. Weight with an empty magazine is 21.8 ounces and it has a 7+1 capacity. The CT40 has bar-dot combat sights and the rear sight is drift-adjustable for windage. The action is a trigger-cocking double-action-only (DAO) that features a locked-breech, Browning-type recoil lug design. A second model in the series, the CT45, chambers the .45 ACP cartridge and has the same 7+1 capacity with only slightly larger dimensions.
For more information on the Kahr CT40, visit kahr.com or call 505-795-3919.
REMINGTON R1 CARRY COMMANDER
The Remington R1 1911 .45 ACP pistol is now available in a standard Commander-type package. It is a blend of precision machining and exacting craftsmanship, offering superior out-of-the box performance. The modern manufacturing technology used by Remington ensures tight tolerances, which evidence the pride, precision and exacting standards that are a Remington trademark. This business-like but attractive single-action (SA) semi-automatic has a 4.25-inch stainless barrel with an overall length of 8.5 inches and a height of 5.5 inches, making it more compact and concealable than the standard 5-inch-barreled R1, yet it offers a 7+1 cartridge capacity.
With a carbon steel frame and slide, its weight is 38.5 ounces. The finish is a satin black oxide. The walnut grip panels are checkered with a diamond pattern and the dovetailed fixed sights are highly visible with a three-dot pattern. It has the short trigger of the 1911A1, but a flat mainspring housing like the original 1911. The hammer spur, safety, grip safety and slide release are all GI configuration. There’s also a flared and lowered ejection port, and each Remington R1 Carry Commander comes with two magazines.
For more information on the Remington R1 Carry Commander, visit remington.com or call 800-243-9700.
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 66
The Model 66 a stainless steel version of the Model 19 Combat Magnum, which was introduced in 1970 and became an immediate hit with law enforcement. Based on the K-Frame platform dating from 1899, this six-shot.357 Magnum combined power with portability, and in the words of famed Border Patrolman Bill Jordan, it was a “lawman’s dream.” In 2005, as revolvers became passé in the autoloader-dominated LE market, the Model 66 was discontinued.
Now, just 8 years later, the Model 66 is back! Weighing in at 36.6 ounces, this double-action/single-action (DA/SA) revolver has a 4.25-inch barrel, a 9.69-inch overall length and six-round capacity. Other features include a fully adjustable rear sight, a red ramp front sight and combat-style black synthetic grips.
For more information on the Smith & Wesson Model 66, visit smith-wesson.com or call 800-331-0852.
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 69
Smith & Wesson has done what until now was strictly a custom job by creating a five-shot, L-Frame, .44 Magnum, double-action (DA) revolver. This newest combat magnum at a glance looks like the Model 66 (K-Frame, six-shot, .357 Magnum), however the Model 69 is on a slightly bigger frame, though not as large as the N-Frame, which is what S&W normally uses for its .44 Magnum six-guns. So, in essence, you have a lighter, more compact revolver in a serious big-bore chambering that is suitable for self-defense and hunting.
The Model 69 has a 4.25-inch barrel with an ejector rod shroud and red ramp front sight. There is actually a shroud over the stainless steel barrel, and the forward lock is not in the front part of the shroud, but is instead located on the cylinder crane. Overall length of the Model 69 is 9.75 inches and it weighs 37.2 ounces empty. The black rear sight has a white outline notch and is fully adjustable. The topstrap and barrel rib are now fully serrated from one end to the other just like they were “back in the day,” and this improves both appearance and performance. The frame and cylinder are glass-bead-blasted stainless steel, and the revolver is fitted with synthetic, combat-style grips.
For more information on the Smith & Wesson Model 69, visit smith-wesson.com or call 800-331-0852.
SPRINGFIELD ARMORY RANGE OFFICER 1911 (9mm)
Springfield’s Range Officer 1911 in 9mm is a competition-ready, SA, semi-automatic pistol that has all the features of the original Range Officer in .45 ACP, but it fires a cartridge that produces less felt recoil and is more affordable to shoot. The 9mm Range Officer has a forged national match slide and frame, and it is precision fit just like the Springfield Trophy Match and TRP 1911 pistols. Add to this a 5-inch national match barrel and bushing made from stainless steel and you have a high-performance pistol that still has an economical price point.
For safety, the rear of the Range Officer’s barrel has a loaded-chambered-indicator slot to give you a visual confirmation. Other standard features include a guide rod recoil spring, a beavertail extended grip safety with memory bump, an extended lightweight trigger, a skeletonized, Commander-type hammer and a checkered, flat mainspring housing. The manual safety is single-sided and the slide release is GI grade. Dovetailed into the top of the slide is a fully adjustable target rear sight, and the serrated blade front sight is also dovetailed in place. The cocobolo grips are checkered in a diamond pattern, and between the diamonds is the Springfield Armory logo. Ammunition capacity is 9+1 rounds of 9mm, and you get two magazines with each Range Officer model. The Range Officer 9mm weighs in at 41 ounces, with an overall length of 8.5 inches and a height of 5.5 inches.
For more information on the Springfield Armory Officer 1911 9mm, visit springfield-armory.com or call 800-680-6866.
RUGER GP100 MATCH CHAMPION
Every year, new models or new versions of existing models prove that the revolver isn’t dead by a long shot. For 2014, Ruger’s time-tested GP100 .357 Magnum DA revolver has been given a competition facelift, and this new version has been dubbed the Match Champion.
Most will recognize its familiar stainless steel GP100 profile, but inside is a tuned action with shims in major contact points to reduce friction and provide a smooth DA/SA for faster and more accurate shooting. The barrel is slab-sided, has a target crown at the muzzle and features a half lug enclosing the ejector rod.
Barrel length has been increased to 4.2 inches to make it Canada compliant. A fiber-optic front sight is dovetailed into the full-length rib. For ease of re-holstering, the front edges of the cylinder have been radiused and a triple-locking system assures perfect cylinder/barrel alignment. The rear sight is a Novak LoMount Carry dovetailed into the topstrap, and to top it off this new GP-100 Match Champion is fitted with Hogue hardwood grips that are ergonomically designed to optimize shooting speed and comfort. The patented grip frame design also makes it easy to use any number of aftermarket custom grips. Insider information is that another version of this gun with an adjustable rear sight will be available in the near future.
For more information Ruger GP100 Match Champion, visit ruger.com
WALTHER PPQ M2 5-INCH
Capitalizing on the success and popularity of the last year’s PPQ, Walther has introduced model called the PPQ M2 5-Inch. This pistol has a longer barrel and slide for an improved sighting radius, and better performance and controllability in rapid-fire shooting. Those attributes make it the perfect pistol for competition, self-defense or even as a duty handgun. The PPQ M2 5-Inch comes in either 9mm (15+1) or .40 caliber (11+1), and is striker-fired with a Quick Defense Trigger that is pre-cocked with a constant trigger pull of 5.6 pounds.
Each PPQ M2 5-Inch comes with three replacement backstraps so the individual can fit the ergonomically designed polymer grip to his or her hand. The one-piece grip frame is aggressively stippled for a good, firm grip. The matte black steel slide has mock vent holes to decrease weight and improve balance. With an overall length of 8.1 inches and a 5-inch barrel, the PPQ M2 5-Inch weighs only 23 ounces in 9mm and 23.5 ounces in .40. Its design lends itself to right- or left-handed shooters since the magazine catch is reversible and easily accessed from either side. The extended slide release is also ambidextrous. There are no manual safeties, but three passive internal safeties assure against accidental discharges unless the pistols trigger is deliberately pulled. Metal three-dot (adjustable rear) sights complete the package.
For more information on the Walther PPQ M2 5-Inch, visit waltherarms.com or call 479-242-8500.