Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added their final set of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about The View, a new compact DA concealed-carry small-framed revolver from Taurus named for its distinctive translucent polycarbonate right side plate, and 5-inch versions of the Walther PPQ M2 pistol.
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Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added a third day of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about Kahr Arms’ CT4543 and full-frame CT40 and CT45 and Magnum Research’s 3-inch ultra-compact 1911, the Undercover DE1911U. Also, Para USA has new 9mm 1911-patterned handguns out, and Remington surprises the firearms industry again with the introduction of the new R51 compact 9mm semi-auto.
Now as the market is saturated with affordable and even cheap, small defensive handguns, Kahr Arms has introduced two new full-sized pistols that it hopes will grab a portion of the market share. The “aggressively-priced” CT 40 and CT 45 are double-action only, striker-fired polymer pistols that operate from a locked breech with a Browning-style recoil lug. The barrel on both is 4 inches long with a 1-16 right hand twist and the single-stack magazine holds 7 rounds. Each gun is shipped with only one magazine. The CT 40 is chambered for .40 S&W and the CT .45 for .45 ACP.
The lead smelting plant, Doe Run, in Herculaneum, Missouri, will cease operations in the next couple of weeks. The loss of another domestic facility will certainly cause an additional strain the price of secondary lead—and lead-based ammunition. It is hard at this point to say how much of a strain, but hold on to your wallets. However, there is some good news coming out of all of this.
Since 1990, droves of both law enforcement and civilians have carried the GLOCK 22 for duty and personal protection. It remains one of the most common pistols purchased and shares many similarities to its smaller 9mm brothers, the GLOCKs 17 and 19.
The 805 Bren, a rifle that the Czech Republic brought into service last year, sports a forward mounted vertical grip and quick detachable sights on a full-length rail.
I had a friend ask me about the best 1911 in accuracy and performance in .40 S&W. My initial reaction was, “Why .40? Just get the .45 ACP.” Do 1911s in alternative calibers have merit?
Owners of Browning’s discontinued HP40 Hi-Power chambered in 40 S&W have an unusual but highly competent pistol in their hands.