Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their second-day reports on new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details of Browning’s A1 Desert Tan and Compact Desert Tan 1911-22LRs; CZ-USA’s P-09, a full-size polymer 9mm pistol offering 19+1 capacity; and Glock’s Gen4 Tactical .45 ACP and the new Glock 42 .380 ACP.
The A1 Desert Tan and Compact Desert Tan 1911-22LR models feature a new composite frame in the popular color. The 1911-22LRs are scaled down to 85% of John M. Browning’s original .45 ACP Model to make them ideal for plinking, hunting and target shooting. These new lightweight models are even lighter than the aluminum frame 1911-22LR models: The Desert Tan A1 weighs 14 ounces and has a 4.5-inch barrel, while the Compact Desert Tan version weighs 13.5 ounces, with a 3 5/8-inch barrel. Both feature machined aluminum slides in a matte black finish. SRP: $579.
The CZ P-09 is CZ’s full-size polymer 9mm semi-auto pistol offering 19+1 capacity with a flush-fitting magazine in a standard service-size pistol. Featuring the versatile Omega DA/SA trigger system, the gun is shipped with decocker levers installed, but can be converted to a manual safety-system pistol with the included parts and instructions. The CZ P-09 also includes interchangeable backstraps (small, medium and large) that allow the shooter to customize the pistol’s grip to his or her hand size for the optimal trigger-finger positioning. An integral Picatinny 1913 rail on the dust cover allows the use of lights or add-on lasers.
The P-09 Suppressor-Ready (SRP: $577) is available in 9mm. It has low sights and an extended muzzle that is threaded with ½-28 threads to accept a variety of aftermarket suppressors. The P-09 Flat Dark Earth (SRP: $596) features a flat dark earth frame coupled with Tritium three-dot night sights.
The CZ P-07 is the updated version of the compact CZ 75 P-07 Duty. The debut of the full-size P-09 last year brought refined lines and interchangeable backstraps to the CZ Omega polymer pistol line, and this year the P-07 follows suit. Available in 9mm (SRP: $510) and .40 S&W (SRP: $524), the CZ P-07 offers the same ability to shift from a decocker to a manual safety in mere minutes and simple tools. It features a new nitrate slide finish and a snag-free hammer. The entire pistol has been dehorned to remove any sharp edges to make it comfortable for all-day carry. Interchangeable backstraps (small, medium and large) allow shooters to fit the gun to their hand for the proper trigger reach. The newly-designed trigger shape improves shooter control and comfort. A 1913 dust cover rail, metal three-dot sights, front and rear cocking serrations, and beefed-up magazine spring complete the upgrades.
The new CZ 75 B Omega (SRP: $544) features a simpler and more robust version of the CZ-75 trigger system. The interlocking design of the new trigger system allows for easier detail stripping without the need for tools. The trigger parts themselves are made from more durable materials for enhanced service life.
Under the Dan Wesson banner, 2014 will see a new high-end 9mm competition pistol and a compact carry model. Serious action-pistol competitors get a new high-capacity double-stack-magazine 9mm 1911 that offers 21+1 rounds on tap with the DW Elite Series Chaos (SRP: $3,829). Hand-built on a double-stack frame, the Chaos features a black matte finish, fiber-optic sights with a fully adjustable rear sight, front and rear cocking serrations, a 1913 Picatinny rail and match-tuned trigger.
The DW Guardian (SRP: $1,558) is a Commander-size 1911 with an anodized-aluminum bobtail frame and mainspring housing, black Duty finish, tritium night sights and Commander-length steel slide. While this was already available in 9mm and .45 ACP, 2014 sees the introduction of a chambering in .38 Super.
Two new models join the Glock product line this year: a new Gen4 Tactical .45 ACP and ultra-compact .380 ACP. The new Glock 41 Gen4 .45 ACP is a practical/tactical pistol designed to maximize the sight radius and barrel length while maintaining light weight and balance. It is built with a G34 slide on a G21 Gen4 frame. At 24 ounces empty weight, it is 1.5 ounces lighter than the G21 Gen4.
The G41 Gen4 features a 5.31-inch barrel. The sight radius is 7.56 inches with polymer sights. The width is 1.28 inches. The standard trigger is the 5.62-pound module, and the double-stack magazine holds 13 rounds. It features all of the standard Gen4 features, including the Modular Back Strap design, rough-textured frame surface and dual-recoil-spring assembly. Overall length is 8.90 inches. Height is 5.47 inches with the magazine inserted.
That is for a full-size pistol, but for those who want something smaller, the new Glock 42 .380 ACP should do. It is the smallest pistol Glock has ever made. This ultra-compact .380 pistol weighs in at 12.35 ounces empty. Overall length is 5.94 inches; barrel length is 3.25 inches. It features the standard 5.62-pound trigger module, polymer sights, and six-round magazine capacity.
Whether it is a .22 LR or Glock’s newest mini or something from Dan Wesson, what are you most looking forward to in a new handgun this year? Call out one of these models or something else that excites you in the comment section.
Editor’s Note: Our staff articles are supplemented with reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. To view a 2014 digital version of SHOT Daily, click here.