May 2018

New Handguns and Ammo for 2018

Aguila jumps into the self-defense hollowpoint market, Dan Wesson celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative 1911, and Nighthawk Custom goes big with its Echelon model.

New Handguns and Ammo for 2018

Aguila self-defense loads now come in five calibers.

Gun Tests reporters and editors on the scene at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas scoured the show for new pistol and handgun accessory entries for our readers to consider this year. Amazingly, a handgun made of steel with a design more than 100 years old — the fabled 1911 — still drives the market. A third of the new guns that follow are based on this legendary platform, followed closely by pocket pistols, and it’s clear the revolver is not the antiquated firearm many assume. In fact, when it comes to handguns, 2018 is a good mix of old, new, plastic, and steel, with a wheelgun or two thrown in for good measure, along with loads for defensive handgun use to feed these new beasts. Here’s a rundown on a few new handgun and ammunition choices for 2018 that our staff thought were notable and which we’ll be looking to include in future issues. 

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