SHOT Show 2016 Special Edition Day 1: Kahr, Republic, Magnum Research

Kahr has two new handguns for 2016. Part of the Value Series Plus product line, the .380 ACP CW380TU features a 2.5-inch conventional rifled barrel, a trigger-cocking DAO action, a locked breech, and a Browning-type recoil lug. Overall length is 4.96 inches, and height is just 3.9 inches. This pistol weighs 10.2 ounces without the magazine. It has a drift-adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight and a pinned-in polymer front sight. New for 2016 is the finish. It has a black polymer frame stainless slide with a Cerekote tungsten finish (dark graphite gray) on the slide, slide stop lever, and trigger. SRP: $419.

Also part of the Value Series Plus product line, the .380 ACP CT3833TU features a 3-inch conventional rifled barrel, a trigger-cocking DAO action, a locked breech, a Browning-type recoil lug, and a passive striker block. Overall length is 5.52 inches, height is 4.4 inches. Pistol weight without magazine is 11.44 ounces. New for 2016 is the Cerakote tungsten finish (dark graphite gray) on the slide, slide stop lever, and trigger on a black polymer frame with stainless slide. SRP: $419.

Magnum Research

U.S.–based Magnum Research is introducing a new version of the iconic Desert Eagle, with the addition of its new Cerakote tungsten finish to the .44 Magnum and .50 AE Desert Eagle products. Cerakote is a multi-step process, which results in a high-temperature ceramic coating that holds up well under normal use. The tungsten model is complemented with attractive black appointments, which gives the pistol even more appeal. The new Cerakote Tungsten Desert Eagle is offered in either the .50AE or .44 Magnum. SRP: $1,696. (

Republic Forge

Republic Forge manufactures world-class Model 1911 pistols, and it has announced the addition of blued and color-cased finishes to its all-­American 1911 lineup. Unprecedented in the custom 1911 market, firearms enthusiasts can navigate to Republic Forge’s website and build their very own Republic Forge pistol. Featuring user-friendly navigation and an unparalleled collection of customizable options, the “Build Your Own” application will transform the firearms purchasing experience. Now customers have a new case-hardened finish as an option. (

Guest post by Richard Mann, courtesy of SHOT Daily. 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. Click here to see full issues. Product pricing and availability are at of time of publication and subject to change without notice.

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Comments (8)

  1. $2K may be very pricey for many, I note that many who would make that claim have no problem buying the latest smart phone, television, video game player, etc. It’s all in the priorities we make in our lives. We have become, in many ways, a nation of ‘instant gratification” and must have toys right now, rather than save a little from each paycheck.

    Of course, I am jealous of anyone who lives in a state where they can buy firearms freely. Kalifornia is bound and determined to make it impossible for individuals to buy them and to put gun shops out of business. If they can’t do it with restrictions and bans, they will do so by turning law abiding gun owners into criminals to justify taking away their 2d Amendment rights and confiscate whatever they have.

    1. @ DaveW.

      There are ~3,143 FFL Dealer’s in California. And the Desert Eagle .44Mag XiX with 6-inch barrel and 8-round magazine is MSRP of ~$1,943.00 USD…

  2. Would love to have one in .44 magnum. But they are just too costly. Would love to see S&W or Glock come out with a 44 Mag semi auto, six inch barrel too cool??? Fire power is needed here, hope the prices drop as 2000 bucks is beyond most of us “poor” folks. Especially when you can purchase a new Gen 4 or the equivalent for about 600 dollars which is still a lot.

  3. Well if the latest submissions to the state legislature (California) go through, no new semi-autos will be approved until after the revolution.

    1. @Secundius:

      I think it’s entertaining that you tell DaveW what’s up in California. I believe you. He probably can buy a Desert Eagle, which I happen to own and love with my 50AE and 44 Magnum barrels. And trust me, I’m getting so BORED with people IMMEDIATELY turning an interesting gun article into whining about Obama or California or the strange East Coast states.

      HOWEVER………HOWEVER………It’s so annoying living in Cali because you can’t carry anything, and if you have it in your car, it has to be in the trunk, and the ammo cannot be loaded.

      I’m an Arizona guy who has lived in Los Angeles and Orange County 3 out of the past 15 years, and trust me it’s a different feeling. In Arizona you feel like you have control and power to defend yourself, and in California you just have to not get so “gung ho” about guns, and just enjoy the beach and the weather…..LOL!!………But I still miss SoCal BIGTIME!!

    2. @ ss1.

      As long as you’re a Permanent Resident in California, You Can Gun Carry in you Car. As long as it’s Trunk or Lock-Boxed and Unloaded…

    3. Not only unloaded, the ammunition has to be in a separate container as I recall. ~Dave Dolbee

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