New Handguns at SHOT 2017

As they do every year, our writers poked all around the firearms industrys annual show in Las Vegas to find interesting new pistols and revolvers coming to your local gun shop.


At the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Gun Tests staffers ran across dozens of new products that caught our eye because of new features, claims of improved accuracy or function, and other aspects that made them stand out. Following are some of the handguns we saw, shot, and handled at the show.

— Todd Woodard

Browning Black Label 1911-22LR


The New Black Label 1911-22LR Gray full-size and compact models are available with or without a rail. The slides on both are machined aluminum, and the barrel has a gray anodized finish. The frames are composite, with a machined 7075 aluminum subframe and slide rails. Sights are fiber-optic. SRP: $699.99; $719.99 with the rail. A Black Label 1911-22LR Medallion full size and compact will also be offered with similar features for $670.

The Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro model, in full-size and compact versions, features a matte-black frame and a blackened stainless-steel slide with silver brush-polished flats. The grips are made of intricately checkered rosewood with a gold Buckmark. Barrel length on the full-size model is 4 inches; on the compact model, it’s 3 5⁄8 inches. SRP: $800; $880 with night sights. Black Label 1911-22LR Medallion full-size and compact versions will also be offered with similar features for $670.

Browning Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro

To keep up with the demand for suppressor-ready firearms, the new Buck Mark Field Target Suppressor Ready 22LR model will feature a heavy, round, 5 -inch suppressor-ready barrel in matte blued finish. It also will offer an integral scope base with a Pro-Target rear sight and front blade sight. Grips are Cocobolo-laminated target. SRP: $600.

The new Buck Mark Lite Flute UFX model will feature a 5-inch steel barrel with an alloy sleeve and fluting in a matte blued finish. Pro-Target rear sights and a Truglo/Marble Arms fiber-optic front sight are standard. Grips are Ultragrip FX ambidextrous. SRP: $560.


Cimarron George S. Patton Engraved Model P

For 2017, Cimarron is offering five new single-action revolvers. The George S. Patton Engraved Model P has a 5.5-inch barrel and is chambered for 45 Colt. It is nickel-plated and laser-engraved, and has poly-ivory grips with Patton’s GSP insignia and a lanyard ring. SRP: $748. The Texas Ranger Engraved Model P has a 4.75-inch barrel and is chambered for 45 Colt. It has a nickel-plated finish and is also laser-engraved. The poly-ivory grips have the Texas Ranger insignia on both sides. SRP: $772.

Cimarron’s Bad Boy is a single-action revolver chambered for the 44 Magnum. It comes with a 6- or 8-inch octagonal barrel, a flat-top pre-war frame, adjustable sights, blue finish, and two-piece walnut grips. Suggested retail: $570. The new Pistolero is a sleek, classically designed single-action for Old West firearms collectors or re-enactors and is chambered for the 45 Colt. It has a 4.75-inch barrel, with a blue finish and case-hardened frame. It is also available in nickel. SRP: $485, blue; $552, nickel.

Colt Delta Elite Rail Gun

The El Malo is a single-action Colt replica designed to be used by hunters, historic re-enactors, or Old West collectors. It’s chambered for the 45 Colt and is available with a 4.75-, 5.5-, or 7.5-inch octagonal barrel. It has the standard blue and case-hardened finish. SRP: $545.


Often considered to be the manufacturer that saved the 10mm round from obscurity in the 1980s, Colt has readied yet another offering in that powerful chambering with the new Delta Elite Rail Gun. Aimed toward the outdoorsman who requires a sidearm stout enough for midsized game in the proven 1911 platform, the Delta Elite now comes with an accessory rail. All of the enhanced features from the newly redesigned Delta Elite are present on the Rail Gun version, including the upswept beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, all stainless-steel construction, composite stocks with Delta medallions, and Novak white dot sights. The SKU is O2020RG, and the SRP is $1299.

Colt Combat Commander

Colt continues to update and upgrade its product line with the release of the newly updated Combat Commander. Designed for the 1911 enthusiast who wants something more compact for concealed carry, the Combat Commander now features the same upgraded ergonomics as the Colt Lightweight Commander and Colt Competition Pistol.

The new Combat Commander features an upswept beavertail grip safety and undercut trigger guard to allow users to get good purchase on the grip and Colt G10 grips. A Dual Spring Recoil System aids in shot recovery with a 4.25-inch barrel, which is 0.75 inch shorter than a standard Government Model. The redesigned Combat Commander features blued carbon steel construction, wide angled cocking serrations and Novak LoMount sights. It is available in 9mm (O4942XE) and 45 ACP (O4940XE), and has an SRP of $949.

Colt Cobra

The Colt Cobra marks Colt’s return to the world of double-action revolvers. Its small frame and 2-inch barrel make it suitable for concealed carry. The Cobra features all-matte-stainless steel construction as well as a rubber-wrapped grip that’s been moved rearward to help manage recoil. The Cobra is chambered in 38 Special and is +P capable. Other features include a fiber-optic front sight, LL2 (Linear Leaf) Mainspring design, and a 6-round capacity. OAL: 7.2 inches. Unloaded weight: 25 ounces. The model number is COBRA-SM2FO and has an suggested retail price of $699.


CZ-USA 805 Bren S1 Pistol

The 805 Bren S1 Pistol with its 11-inch barrel has proven a popular SBR candidate for customers wanting to convert it into an NFA firearm. Those who don’t wish to register with the ATF can equip it with CZ’s adapter kit, which allows easy installation of aftermarket arm braces. Chambered in 223 Remington/5.56 NATO, and now 300 Blackout, the pistol uses the STANAG magazine from the AR-15/M16. Picatinny rails top and bottom mean it easily accepts optics and lights, and an effective two-port muzzle brake helps keep the pistol solidly on target and reduces recoil and muzzle flip. SRP: $1,799 to $1,899.

Falling somewhere between the Scorpion Pistols and Carbine, the EVO 3 S1 Pistol is perfectly set up for those who desire a two-stamp gun. The extended forearm will hide most suppressors and offers M-LOK attachment points. With a 7.7-inch barrel and a 5-inch flash can, the barrel is extended to just past the forend. A factory folding stock is an aftermarket option for this unique 9mm. SRP: $949.

CZ-USA P-09 Suppressor Ready

The latest addition to the CZ line of handguns is the P-10 C. This pistol is decidedly CZ, from the way it feels to the way it shoots. With the CZ grip angle, the P-10 avoids that brick-in-the-hand feeling that has plagued many in the striker-fired genre, allowing it to point naturally. Interchangeable backstraps allow it to fit a wide variety of hands. Designed to minimize creep and stacking, the P-10’s trigger breaks at a clean 4 to 4.5 pounds and rebounds with a short, positive reset. It has a fiber-reinforced polymer frame, a nitride finish, a generous trigger guard, and metal three-dot sights. Capacity is either 15+1 or 17+1, depending on the mag used. The CZ P10-C is available in 9mm Luger or 40 S&W, and a suppressor-ready variant is available in 9mm. SRP: $499 to $541.

CZ-USA Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol

Loaded with features, but without all the flash of the Urban Grey series, the 9mm standard black P-09 Suppressor-Ready now comes with high night sights and extended magazine bases, in addition to the obligatory extended, threaded barrel. SRP: $629. A new addition to the P-09 is the Kadet Kit. It is a scaled-up version of the P-07 kit to fit on the longer P-09 frame. Topped with the new Shadow 2 serrated target sight and a rear height-adjustable-only sight, the P-09 Kadet Kit ships with two magazines. SRP: $249.

Due to demand, CZ has brought back the SP-01 Phantom. This is essentially a polymer-framed SP-01 Tactical, with interchangeable backstraps and mag compatibility with the standard 75 platform. The SP-01 Phantom has long been a favorite in the CZ community and has the distinction of being the current sidearm of the Czech Army.

CZ-USA SP-01 Phantom

Starting from scratch, CZ engineers took the best features of the original Shadow and improved upon them. The higher beavertail and an undercut trigger guard bring the shooter’s hand closer to the axis of the bore. Increased weight at the dust cover/rail helps keep the muzzle down during recoil. The Shadow 2’s swappable mag release has an adjustable, extended button with three settings to allow shooters to set it in the most comfortable position. The new trigger components provide a smooth DA and crisp and clean SA pull while drastically reducing trigger reset. Available only in 9mm. SRP: $1299 to $1399.

Dan Wesson

Customers have been asking for a blued-steel version of the Dan Wesson Valor. The new gun has the same features and attention to detail as its other stainless pistols, but it comes in a more traditional material and finish. Wearing a set of red-and-black double-diamond G10 grips with polished flats and bead-blasted rounds, the Valor Blue, in either 9mm or 45, is a classic beauty. SRP: $1766.

Dan Wesson Valor Blue

The A2 stands as a testament to the most-copied pistol design in history. Drawing its lineage from the 1911 A1, the A2 and A2 Commander in 45 Auto are Dan Wesson’s vision of what the third generation of the military 1911 could have looked like. A lowered and flared ejection port, modern combat sights, a tactical beavertail, and an extended thumb safety, as well as a hint of undercutting to the trigger guard, make this one combat-ready pistol. The A2 will be produced in limited numbers. SRP: $1363.

When police departments approached Dan Wesson to build a more reliable, durable 1911 to replace what they’d been carrying, the company developed a model just for them. The frame sports a Picatinny rail, 25-LPI checkering, an undercut trigger guard, and a recessed slide stop. This pistol is equipped with an ambidextrous thumb safety, an extended magazine release, and a detachable two-piece mag well. It’s finished off with a set of G10 grips and either a matte stainless or black Duty finish. Available in either 9mm or 45 Auto. SRP: $1701 to $2012.

A fully stainless take on the Commander-length slide with an Officer-sized frame, the Pointman Carry is easily concealed and also incredibly comfortable to shoot. With features closely mirroring the full-size Pointman Nine, its reduced grip length makes it disappear under even thin cover garments, and its 9mm chambering makes recoil nearly non-existent. SRP: $1597.

Equipped with a Trijicon RMR and with an extended, threaded barrel, the Fury is a double-stack beast begging to be unleashed on paper and steel. Chambered in 9mm or 10mm, capacities are 18+1 and 14+1, respectively. It also has a crisp, super-short-reset Elite Series trigger job. SRP: $4899.

FNS Compact


The FNS Compact offers the same features as the standard FNS models, but it 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, weighs 23.4 ounces, and is 6.7 inches long. SRP: $599.

Iver Johnson Pocket Ace

Iver Johnson Arms

The Pocket Ace is a new derringer from Iver Johnson. It is chambered for 22LR and is a four-barrel single-action pistol. Made in the U.S., it is built from stainless steel and has a rotating firing pin, an integrated ambidextrous safety, and a 2-inch barrel. Overall length: 4 inches, and it has an unloaded weight of 7 ounces.


Kimber Super Jagare

For 2017, Kimber Mfg., Inc., unveiled the Kimber Super Jgare, a 10mm 1911-style hunting handgun. This powerful 1911 features a 6-inch ported stainless steel barrel housed in a ported stainless steel slide, wearing a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating. A Leupold DeltaPoint Pro rear-mounted red-dot sight ensures rapid target acquisition, while green and black G10 grips with black checkered inlay and a serrated front strap provide a positive grip. Additional features include an ambidextrous thumb safety, Round Heel Frame, two-hole trigger and high undercut under the trigger guard. The Kimber Super Jgare weighs in at 42 ounces and has an eight-round magazine capacity. SRP, $2688.

Kimber also announced the expansion of its gem-tone handgun collection with the creation of the Kimber Rose Gold Ultra II. The new Kimber Rose Gold Ultra II is a striking 1911-style personal defense handgun with a precious-metal-like shimmer. Available in both 45 ACP and 9mm, the Kimber Rose Gold Ultra II boasts a highly polished stainless steel slide with rose gold PVD coating and cut scroll engraving and border. Rose gold PVD-coated small parts and thin ball-milled G10 grips accent the matte black Round Heel Frame, while Tactical Wedge 3-dot tritium night sights ensure rapid sight acquisition in low light environments. Additional features include an ambidextrous thumb safety and ball-milled grooves on the front strap. Weight: 25 ounces. Barrel length, 3 inches. All edges are rounded and blended, preventing snags on clothing or holsters. Suggested retail price is $1652.

Kimber Rose Gold Ultra II

Kimber updated and expanded its current offerings within the Kimber K6s revolver product line. The current K6s product line now includes the K6s Stainless, K6s Stainless (NS), K6s Stainless (LG), and K6s DCR (Deluxe Carry Revolver). Introduced in January 2016, the Kimber K6s is a light small-frame six-round 357 Magnum revolver. Each K6s revolver weighs 23 ounces and offers a compact ergonomic frame, 2-inch barrel, and 1.39-inch-diameter cylinder, all machined from stainless steel. Additional features include an internal hammer, smooth match-grade trigger, and edges that are rounded and blended to prevent snags on clothing or holsters.

The K6s Stainless and K6s Stainless (NS) feature a low-glare brushed stainless frame finish, black rubber grips and white 3-dot sights or 3-dot tritium night sights, respectively. The K6s Stainless (LG) wears ergonomic black wood and rubber Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrips. The K6s DCR wears a Smooth Satin frame finish, checkered Millennium Rosewood Grips, and provides a red fiber-optic front sight and black rear sight. Suggested retail prices are: $878 for the K6s Stainless, $919 for the K6s Stainless (NS), $1177 for the K6s Stainless (LG), and $1088 for the K6s DCR and $2039 for the K6s First Edition.

Kimber also announced updates to several 1911-style handguns, including the Kimber CDP, Covert, Eclipse, Warrior, TLE II and Stainless II 1911-style handgun families. The Kimber CDP (Custom Defense Package) 1911 family now features a charcoal gray KimPro II frame, silver KimPro II slide and small parts, flat top slide and thin slide serrations. Ultra CDP models feature a flush-cut barrel and Round Heel Frame. Five models are available, chambered 45 ACP and 9mm.

Kimber Covert pistols now have a gray KimPro II finish on the frame and slide for additional resistance to the elements, matte black small parts, digital camouflage Crimson Trace Lasergrips and a flush-cut barrel (on Ultra models). Three models are available, chambered in 45 ACP.

Kimber Rose K6S First Edition

The look of the Kimber Eclipse handgun family now features all-steel construction, a gray KimPro II frame, brush-polished slide, matte black small parts, 30 lines-per-inch front strap checkering, tritium night sights and black and gray G10 “Cyclone” grips. Three models are available, chambered in 45 ACP, 10mm and 38 Super.

The Kimber Warrior pistols now feature a lanyard slot mainspring housing, Kimber Tactical Rail, 24 lines-per-inch front strap checkering, G10 grips and a KimPro II finish. Five models are available, chambered in 45 ACP.

Three new models have been added to the Kimber TLE (Tactical Law Enforcement) II family, each featuring extended magazine wells and new G10 grips. There are 14 TLE II models are available, chambered in 45 ACP, 10mm, or 9mm.

Kimber Stainless II models also received an upgrade for 2017. All Stainless II models now feature a fiber-optic front sight. Four models are available in 45 ACP and 9mm.

Suggested retail prices start at $1173 for CDP models, $1427 for Covert models, $1252 for Eclipse models, $1392 for Warrior models, $1007 for TLE II models, and $891 for Stainless II models.

For 2017, Kimber expanded its Micro 9 product line to include five new variants. The Micro 9 is a micro-compact carry pistol chambered in 9mm Luger.

Korth Super Sport

The new Micro 9 models include the Micro 9 CDP (SRP: $924), Micro 9 CDP (LG) (SRP $1142), Micro 9 Stainless Raptor (SRP $889), Micro 9 Bel Air (SRP $864), and Micro 9 Sapphire (SRP $1061).

Nighthawk Custom

Nighthawk has teamed with a German revolver manufacturer to offer a line of wheel guns that deliver the quality and precision that customers have come to expect from Nighthawk. Since the 1950s, Korth has been the premier revolver manufacturer in Europe. These nicely machined wheel guns are built just north of Frankfurt. Their triggers are so smooth and stack-free, they’ll make your knees weak. Initially, Nighthawk will be offering three of these revolvers, which have been configured to Nighthawk specifications. The Sky Hawk is a compact six-shot revolver chambered for 9mm Luger, but neither half- nor full-moon clips are required. Every part is machined from billet steel or aluminum, and it’s available with a 2- or 3-inch barrel. A gold bead front sight, Hogue grips, hard-coated frame, a TSA-approved travel case, a cleaning rod, a grip-removal tool, lubricating oil, a lanyard, and a proprietary speed loader are standard. SRP: $1699.

Korth Sky Hawk

The Mongoose is a six-shot duty-size fighting revolver, available with either a 3-, 4-, 5 -, or 6-inch barrel. Like the Sky Hawk, all parts are fully machined, and the handgun is available with either a black or silver finish. With its ergonomically designed and easy-to-access cylinder release, and its skeletonized, high-speed hammer, this 38 Special/.357 Magnum revolver will amaze you with the precision you can deliver on target. A pre-fitted additional cylinder for the 9mm Luger can be ordered. SRP: $3499.

Had old-time police PPC shooters seen a 38 Special/357 Magnum revolver like this, they’d have thought they’d died and gone to doughnut heaven. But the Super Sport is not just a pistol for old cops; this thing is ready to compete head-to-head with any handgun made. It comes with Picatinny rails and a four-way adjustable front sight that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. A pre-fitted additional cylinder for the 9mm Luger can be ordered. SRP: $4800.

Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 11526

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced the debut of the M&P M2.0 pistol, said to be an entirely new platform in nearly every aspect of the pistol, including the trigger, grip, frame, and finish in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 Auto versions of the full-size design.

Highlights of the M&P M2.0 pistol include an extended stainless-steel chassis and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery. The M&P M2.0 pistol further improves performance with a fine-tuned, crisper trigger, lighter pull, and a tactile and audible reset. The pistol includes an aggressively-textured grip and four interchangeable palmswell inserts in S, M, ML, and L sizes. Rifling twists are 1 in 10 inches for 9mm and 40 S&W and 1 in 15 inches for 45 Auto. Other features include tactical white 3-dot steel sights, an ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and optional ambidextrous thumb safety. A pistol sear deactivation lever allows for safe take-down without having to pull the trigger. The finish is Armornite, a hardened nitride formulation on the barrel and slide. There’s also a Cerakote FDE finish over Armornite on Flat Dark Earth M2.0 slides. The M&P M2.0 pistol base model is priced at $599 SRP and includes two magazines, a limited lifetime warranty, and a lifetime service policy.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Shield 11629

Elsewhere, The Performance Center announced a number of new pistols, revolvers, and slide kits for 2017. The new Performance Center M&P45 Shield pistol (#11629) has factory ported barrels and slides. The factory porting helps keep muzzle flip down which assists the shooter to get the pistol back on target faster. The Performance Center M&P45 Shield pistol can be purchased with either adjustable HI-VIZ fiber-optic sights or Tritium Night Sights (#11727.)

Available in multiple configurations, the full-size pistols can be purchased in the standard 4.25-inch barrel or the 5-inch long slide. Both barrel lengths can be available in two of the most popular pistol calibers, 9mm and 40 S&W. A Performance Center sear and an adjustable trigger stop are included.

Smith & Wesson Model 637 38 Sp. +P 170349

For the first time in 2017, customers can “hot rod” their M&P pistol with the new Performance Center C.O.R.E. slide Kits. Each slide kit comes with a ported barrel and slide. The slide is cut to accept five different optic mounting plates and white-dot front sight and drift-adjustable rear sights. Also included are three C.O.R.E.-style palmswells, allowing the user to customize the grip and feel of the M&P’s natural 18-degree grip angle. Slide kits are available for a number of different pistol configurations.

In 2017 the Performance Center 38 S&W Special +P compact revolvers come in two new versions. Both variations come with a 1.88-inch barrel, Performance Center-tuned action and an internal hammer to reduce snagging while drawing. One version (#10186) comes with a custom textured wood grip and a matte silver finish, while the other version (#170348) has a cylinder that is cut for moon clips and a synthetic grip with a stylish wood insert. The bright-finish on the cylinder flutes contrasts with the black synthetic grips. The thumb piece and side-plate screws complete the appearance.

The Model 637 38 S&W Special +P (#170349) revolver comes standard with a Performance Center-tuned action and an external hammer for easy cocking. The matte finish blends well with the textured wood grips.

Smith & Wesson Model 986 9mm 10227

Big-bore fans will like the newest additions in the Performance Center Handgun Hunting category. The new 460VXR revolver (#11626) now has an option with a 7.5-inch barrel with muzzle brake, holds five rounds of the 460 S&W Magnum, has a Performance Center-tuned action, chrome trigger, and custom teardrop hammer. It has an integral scope base and a HI-VIZ green fiber-optic front sight. A gun rug and carry sling are included.

The newest S&W500 revolver (#11623) comes with a 3.5-inch barrel and a Performance Center-tuned action. Features include an unfluted cylinder, chromed trigger, overtravel stop, custom teardrop hammer, HI VIZ fiber-optic front sight, and a Performance Center embossed gun rug.

The 2017 Model 586 L-Comp revolver (#170170) comes with an integrated compensator and is chambered in 357 Magnum and 38 S&W Special +P, plenty of pop for a concealed-carry revolver with a 3-inch ported barrel. Other goodies include a Tritium front night, Performance Center trigger and trigger stop, a teardrop hammer, and a tuned action.

Consumers looking for a carry gun will be interested in the compact 9mm Model 986 revolver (#10227.) The 2017 version features a seven-round CNC-machined titanium cylinder with a Performance Center-tuned action. The 2.5-inch barrel has a recessed precision crown, making the revolver easy to conceal. Add a chromed custom teardrop hammer, trigger and trigger stop and this looks like a great wheelgun option.


Remington RP9

The big pistol news from Big Green is the new RP high-capacity, striker-fired polymer pistol. Available in 9mm or 45 Auto, with a respective capacity of 18+1 or 15+1, this is a seriously sized duty pistol with a very slim grip profile. At 26.4 ounces total weight, the balanced slide helps control muzzle rise and makes the 9mm version possibly the smoothest-shooting duty-size pistol on the market. The RP is also affordable. SRP: $489.

The R1 10mm Hunter Long Slide is a handgun built with the hunter in mind. From the accurate, 6-inch, match-grade barrel to the match-quality, fully adjustable sights, Picatinny rail, and VZ Operator II G10 grips, this pistol will get the job done at distance. SRP: $1310.

The Remington 1911 R1 Limited is a handcrafted version of the most trusted pistol platform in history, with all the features today’s top competitors demand. Accuracy and speed are key in competition, and with the Limited’s match-grade trigger and barrel, wide serrations, and ambidextrous thumb safety levers, it is race-ready right out of the box. Available in 9mm or 40 S&W, the Limited has fully adjustable match sights, G10 grips, and a PVD finish. SRP: $1250.

Remington R51

As the name implies, the Remington R1 Tactical is a fighting pistol. It comes with a Trijicon rear sight, a beveled oversize ejection port, a PVD finish, a Trijicon front sight, an ambidextrous safety, checkered mainspring housing, a stainless match barrel, a rail, VZ G10 grips, and two 8-round mags. SRP: $1250.

Re-engineered and reintroduced, the Remington R51 has the same appeal for personal protection and concealed carry as it did two years ago. Its low-bore axis helps tame +P 9mm recoil, and its snag-free profile makes it ideal for covert carry. The single-action design allows for one of the best triggers in its class, and at $448, it will not break the bank. An R51 with a Crimson Trace Laser Guard is available for $648.


Ruger LCP II

Ruger’s LCP II features a short, crisp, single-action trigger with an inner trigger safety, improved sights, a larger grip surface, an easy-to-rack slide, and an improved slide-stop mechanism with last-round hold-open. The LCP II comes with a pocket holster and holds 6+1 rounds of 380 ammunition. SRP: $349.

The striker-fired American Compact features a trigger with a short take-up and positive reset. It has a modular grip system, can be fieldstripped easily, and has an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release. SRP: $579.

The new Mark IV is a revised version of the ever-popular Mark III. The Mark IV is available in Target and Hunter versions, and its most notable feature is how easy it is to take apart. It has a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy fieldstripping.

Taurus USA

For 2017, Taurus USA introduced its first firearm that is designed, engineered, and manufactured in the United States. The Taurus Spectrum is the first semi-automatic pistol equipped with soft-touch panels integrated into the grip and slide. The panels are made by PolyOne Corporation, a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions. Taurus says the enhanced grip design contours enable the hand to naturally conform to the firearm, providing a more secure grip. The 380 ACP-chambered Spectrum has an extended magazine option that holds seven rounds and features a finger groove to maintain comfort when firing.

Taurus Spectrum

Taurus addressed the challenges of slide racking by replacing traditional slide serrations with indentations on the slide. Additionally, the soft touch material used on the grip is also incorporated into the slide design to enhance traction. The Taurus Spectrum has a 7- to 9-pound true double-action only (DAO) trigger system with a non-energized striker, which means there is no pre-cock or pre-load applied, ensuring no contact between the sear and striker.

It requires only one turn on the takedown pin to disassemble the gun, separating the slide assembly from the frame. The trigger does not have to be pulled to disassemble the gun. A reversible magazine release suits both right- or left-handed shooters.

The Taurus Spectrum is available in eight standard colors, which a black, gray or white frame option, either black or gray overmold color option, and with either a black or stainless slide color option. SRP: $289

Three house colors are available in the following configurations: black frame, FDE overmold, black slide; white frame, cyan blue overmold, stainless slide; and gray frame, mint overmold, black slide. SRP: $305


The 1858 New Army Buffalo Bill Commemorative 44-caliber limited-edition Black Powder has an 8-inch barrel, blue finish, and simulated ivory grips. It is a replica of the 1858 Remington carried by Buffalo Bill. It also has ornate hand-chased floral engraving on all external components, and a gold inlay on either side of the barrel carries the Western hero’s name and significant dates. SRP: $1,049.

Compiled by Gun Tests staff. Some of the descriptions above are from SHOT Daily, a trade magazine published at the show for the dealers and distributors who attend. Used with permission.


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