10 New Guns to See at the Great American Outdoor Show

By:  Adam Heggenstaller

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While SHOT Show may be the first place dealers, industry insiders and vetted media types get their hands on the year’s new guns, “regular” hunters and shooters who are not part of those groups miss out. Fortunately the Great American Outdoor Show, which follows on the heels of SHOT, gives consumers their chance to see new firearms (and optics, ammo and other gear) from dozens of the same manufacturers who made big introductions just weeks before.

With more than 1,100 exhibitors filling 650,000 square feet of floor space at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg during Feb. 3-11, it can be difficult to know where to start. So let us help you plan your visit. Here are 10 new guns on display at Great American that you’ll want to check out. We’ve even put them in order by booth location, starting near the entrance to the Shooting Sports Hall in the Cameron Street lobby and working across the aisles from right to left.

1. Midland Backpack—Booth 281 (Navy Arms)
Here’s something you don’t see every day: A single-shot shotgun that folds in half for easy transport, weighs less than 5 pounds and retails for less than $150. The Midland Backpack is available in 12-gauge, 20-gauge and .410-bore with an 18.5-, 24- or 26-inch barrel. Its synthetic buttstock accepts spacers for length-of-pull adjustments, as well as holds a survival kit (sold separately). Barrels are interchangeable, and Midland expects to offer rimfire and centerfire rifle versions soon.

2. Shaw Custom Rifles Mk. X—Booth 217
Shaw builds rifles based on the customer’s choice of barrel, chambering and stock, and this year the company offers a new action as an option as well. The Mk. X centerfire action features a hybrid push-feed/controlled-round-feed bolt, detachable box magazine, integral recoil lug and scope bases, and a honed Savage AccuTrigger. Customers get their pick of right-hand or left-hand actions in blued chrome-moly or stainless steel, two barrel contours in several lengths and more than 80 chamberings. A Timney trigger is also available as an upgrade. Shaw currently offers the Mk. X with a grade 5 walnut stock, but more options are planned for the future.

3. Hi-Point 1095TS Carbine—Booth 301
The 10mm Auto cartridge is a favorite among hunters who use a semi-automatic pistol for deer and hogs, and it provides even more velocity and performance when fired from a carbine. The semi-auto 1095TS carbine has a 17.5-inch barrel, weighs 7 pounds and feeds from a 10-round detachable box magazine. It features fully adjustable rear peep and post front sights, Weaver accessory rails and a polymer stock. Like all Hi-Point carbines, the 1095TS represents a value; it retails for less than $390.

4. Marlin Model 1895 Trapper—Booth 363 (Remington Outdoor Company)
Long-range precision shooting may be all the rage, but we’re willing to bet more deer are killed each year at 60 yards in the brush than at 600 yards in the wide open. For the thick stuff, Marlin gives us the Trapper. This new variation of the classic Marlin 1895 has a fast-handling 16.5-inch barrel chambered in .45-70, a big-loop lever and a Skinner peep sight. The extended magazine tube holds five rounds, yet the rifle’s overall length is just 35 inches.

5. DPMS GII Compact Hunter—Booth 363 (Remington Outdoor Company)
Looking for one AR to hunt predators and deer, but don’t trust the .223 Rem. for big game? Check out the GII Compact Hunter, which is now chambered in .243 Win. The GII is a scaled-down version of the typical large-receiver (think .308 Win.) AR. Its minimal dimensions, 16-inch barrel and carbon-fiber fore-end cut weight to just 7 pounds. Other factors that contribute to comfort in the field include a B5 Systems SOPMOD buttstock and a Hogue OverMolded rubber grip.

6. Taurus Raging Hunter—Booth 473
Despite its “Raging” name, we think the new six-shot .44 Mag. revolver from Taurus will make a lot of hunters happy. Its 8 3/8-inch barrel is surrounded by an aluminum shroud that helps reduce weight and provides a Picatinny rail for mounting optics. Ports in the barrel, along with a grip that has a cushioned insert, help reduce recoil and muzzle flip. The Raging Hunter has a fully adjustable rear sight and a fixed front sight.

7. Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model S&W500—Booth 481
OK, so the Smith & Wesson X-frame revolver in .500 S&W Mag. isn’t new. However, this version—which has a tuned Performance Center action, an unfluted cylinder and a 3.5-inch barrel with a Hi Viz fiber-optic front sight—is, and do you really need an excuse to heft one of the world’s most powerful revolvers? This may be the ultimate big-bear defense gun.

8. SIG Sauer ASP20—Booth 589
Just last spring Pennsylvania approved .177- and .22-caliber air rifles for hunting small game and furbearers, making SIG Sauer’s introduction of the ASP20 particularly well timed. Noteworthy features of the break-barrel, gas-piston ASP20 include a two-stage, user-adjustable MatchLite trigger; GlideLite cocking mechanism that requires just 33 pounds of force to cock; wedge-type breech-locking system that eliminates barrel droop; and integral sound dampener. The .177-caliber ASP20 produces a muzzle velocity of 1021 fps with an 8.64-grain pellet for 20 ft.-lbs. of energy, while the .22-caliber rifle drives a 14.65-grain pellet to 841 fps at the muzzle for 23 ft.-lbs. of energy. Both versions are available with a full-size wood or synthetic stock.

9. Mossberg Patriot Synthetic Cerakote—Booth 663
At less than $450, the new Patriot Synthetic Cerakote could be the best value in all-weather rifles we’ve seen. Mossberg treats its flagship Patriot barreled action with Cerakote—a corrosion- and wear-resistant ceramic coating—and then secures it in a durable polymer stock. Other features include a four-round detachable box magazine, user-adjustable LBA trigger and 22-inch fluted barrel. Mossberg offers the rifle in .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .270 Win. and .30-06 Sprg.

10. Henry Big Boy Color Case Hardened Rifles and Carbines—Booth 647
Really nice lever guns are timeless, which is why Henry adds six color-case-hardened rifles and carbines to its Big Boy family this year. Chamberings include .38 Spl./.357 Mag., .44 Spl./.44 Mag. and .45 Colt. Rifles have a 20-inch octagonal barrel, 10-round capacity and standard-loop lever, while carbines have a 16.5-inch octagonal barrel, seven-round capacity and large-loop lever. All wear American walnut stocks that beautifully complement the striking case colors on the steel receivers and fore-end caps.

 

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Smith & Wesson Introduces M&P380 Shield EZ Pistol

By: American Rifleman Staff

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In the past when a pistol manufacturer touted a new gun entry as having easy slide manipulation—even with a .380-cal.—we have taken the assertion with a grain of salt until we’ve had some hands-on experience. In the case of the just-announced Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ, we can attest that indeed, the pistol lives up to its claims.

American Rifleman editors had some early range time last fall with the new .380 ACP addition to the very popular M&P Series, and have been eagerly awaiting its announcement. We’ll be putting the pistol through our regular test and evaluation protocol in the coming weeks, but here’s what we can tell you in terms of features:

The pistol, which offers an 8+1 round capacity, ships with two 8-round magazines that include a load-assist button, as well as a Picatinny-style rail for accessories. Barrel length is 3.675”, and the pistol is outfitted with white-dot front and adjustable white-dot rear sights. Along with tapped rear slide serrations, a one-piece single-action trigger and audible trigger reset, it also features an 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim, as well as enhanced, textured grips. A tactile loaded-chamber indicator, a reversible magazine release, and available ambidextrous thumb safety round out its many ergonomically friendly features. The pistol will be available nationwide at the end of Feb. 2018 at an MSRP of $399.

“When we set out to design the M&P380 Shield EZ pistol, our goal was to deliver an all-around, easy to use personal protection pistol—from loading and carrying, to shooting and cleaning,” said Jan Mladek, General Manager of M&P and S&W Brands.  “… We focused on key areas that customers told us were important—the ease of racking the slide and loading the magazine,” he said, “allowing consumers of all statures and strengths the opportunity to own, comfortably practice with, and effectively utilize this exciting new pistol“ for both first-time shooters and experienced handgunners alike.

Check back in the coming weeks for a complete evaluation of the new M&P380 EZ. For more, visit smith-wesson.com.

Browning Ends Hi-Power Handgun Production

By: Guy J. Sagi

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In February 2018, Browning announced its Hi-Power pistols are no longer in production. “Current dealer inventories will be the last available from Browning for the foreseeable future,” the website explains. Supply is scarce, however, because availability to dealers ended sometime in 2017. New Mark IIIs or Standards are easiest to find because they were the last models to come out of the factory.

John Moses Browning’s 1911 handgun design and its subsequent 100 years of popularity cast a long and unearned shadow over his subsequent Hi-Power work. When Browning was commissioned by Belgium’s FN to create a new military sidearm, the design required an all new approach because he’d sold the 1911 patents to Colt. In 1925, he’d completed the work, and a year later he was dead—making this his last gun design. U.S. patent inspectors approved it in 1927, but FN relied on the expertise of Dieudonné Saive to improve on the locked-breech recoil version. He’s credited with completing the project, rightfully so, and the final product included his staggered-cartridge magazine that provided double the capacity of contemporary handguns—a lucky 13.

The single action wasn’t without faults, though. In 1928, patents for the Colt Model 1911 expired and some of its features were integrated into the Hi-Power, including the barrel bushing. It was officially adopted by the Belgian military in 1935.

The pistol was battle-tough and fielded by the Allies during World War II. It also came into the hands of Axis forces after the FN factory was taken over by Germany. Canada, in turn, started to produce the pistols to keep supply lines filled during the conflict. It was fielded by the British airborne, the SAS and even the OSS, the forerunner of the modern-day CIA. Some of the firearm’s variants are still being used in the global war on terrorism.

Subsequent modifications to some variants included ambidextrous safety, spurred hammer and double-action versions. A 9 mm chambering is most common, but it was also made in .40 S&W.

There’s no shortage of modern aftermarket parts or modifications, either. Shooting Illustrated’sRichard Mann walked readers through the changes he made to his Hi-Power and why he finally added one to his collection in 2015.

Some sources claim more than a million have been made. The odds are good the figure is greatly higher than that, considering the number of genuine versions that’ve come out of the FN factory and clones from different countries.

At press time, there was no word if the Belgium manufacturer is still producing the classic handgun. We do know, however, U.S. enthusiasts are going to have a harder time than ever finding one.

Smith & Wesson Expands M&P Pistol and Rifle Lines

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Smith & Wesson will showcase its latest M&P pistol and rifle introductions at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Firearm introductions include the new M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols with threaded barrels, as well as the new M&P15-22 SPORT in Blue Platinum Finish.  The company will also feature its latest expansions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield M2.0, M&P Shield M2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace Red and Green Laser, and the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol. 

To further build out the capabilities of the M&P platform, the M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols are now available with a threaded barrel for use with suppressors. In addition to the threaded barrel, these pistols also include suppressor-height white dot sights, a barrel thread protector, and the popular M&P M2.0 feature set. MSRP for both pistols is $599.


The M&P15-22 Sport rifle, chambered in .22 LR, is available in a Robin’s Egg Blue Platinum finish for 2018. The rifle features a 10″ M&P slim handguard that incorporates the popular Magpul M-LOK system, as well as removable Magpul MBUS front and rear folding sights. MSRP: $499

In addition to these new releases for 2018 at SHOT Show, the company will also display its latest introductions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield M2.0 and M&P M2.0 compact pistols.


The M&P Shield M2.0 pistol family builds upon the popular M&P M2.0 platform. The new pistol features an aggressive grip texture and smoother, lighter trigger pull. It is also available with an integrated Crimson Trace red or green laser in 9 mm and .40 S&W, providing consumers with a concealed carry solution that features two laser colors, two modes, and ambidextrous laser activation. MSRP: $479


Bridging the gap between concealment and shootability, in a versatile carry-size pistol configuration, is the M&P M2.0 Compact. It features a 4” barrel for easy concealment, and either a 15 round capacity in 9 mm or 13 round capacity in .40 S&W. MSRP: $569

For more information visit smith-wesson.com

New for 2018: Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP

By: SI Staff

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Springfield Armory added a number of improvements to its popular single-stack XD-S in .45 ACP, producing a comfortable, compact carry option for fans of this big-bore round. A number of upgrades made both inside and out of the new Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP have revolutionized this personal-defense pistol, making it easier and more comfortable for daily carry and shooting.

On the frame, users will notice that the gun sits deeper in the hand. This higher grip, combined with improved grip texturing, makes it much more shootable than earlier iterations, ensuring that owners can put shots on target confidently and capably. The thin 0.975-inch grip enables the gun to be more easily concealable on the body.

Also located in the frame is an improved trigger design, featuring a more tactile short-reset point and enhancing the consistency of the trigger pull, so shooters can be confident in their trigger control. The pistol is also equipped with the tell-tale grip safety used in the XD design, while an internal striker block prevents the gun from firing if dropped.

The slide on the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP is thinner than older models and can be had with a pair of night sights produced by Ameriglo. The system provides users with enhanced aiming capabilities in low-light scenarios, thanks to a Pro-Glo tritium lamp embedded into the front sight post. The lamp is surrounded by a luminescent yellow circle, allowing for an easy focus on the front sight. At the rear, consumers will find a tactical-ledge U-notch design for use in racking the slide off a flat surface, if needed.

Other features on the slide include a loaded-chamber indicator and the company’s Posi-Wedge slide serrations, giving users more gripping area for positive slide racking and manipulation. Inside the slide is a Melonite-finished 3.3-inch barrel made from hammer-forged steel and featuring a 1:16-inch twist rate for enhanced accuracy. Recoil is managed through a dual recoil-spring setup captured by a full-length guide rod.

Magazine capacity on the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 is five rounds with the flush-fit floorplate. An extended six-round magazine is also included. With the flush-fit magazine installed, the unloaded weight of the pistol is 21.5 ounces. Three models of the XD-S Mod.2 are available, including options with night sights, fiber-optic sights and an integrated Viridian laser. The suggested retail price on the new gun starts at $568.

SIG Sauer Announces P365 Pistol

By: SI Staff

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SIG Sauer has introduced the new high-capacity micro-compact P365 9 mm subcompact concealed-carry pistol. The P365’s patent-pending, narrow-neck, modified double-stack magazine holds 10 rounds in both the flush-fit and extended versions, plus one in the chamber, for a full capacity of 11 rounds—nearly a 50-percent capacity increase over pistols in its class. An optional 12-round extended magazine equips this micro-compact pistol with full-size 13-round capacity. The P365 measures 1” wide, 5.8“ long, and 4.3” tall with a barrel length of 3.1”.  It weighs just 17.8 ozs. with an empty magazine.

A high grip-to-bore axis is designed to reduce perceived recoil, while a fully textured polymer grip with a slim-line rail  will accommodate SIG light or laser accessories. The stainless-steel slide comes standard with front and rear serrations for easier slide manipulation, as well as SIGLITE night sights for faster sight acquisition under all lighting conditions.

Ron Cohen, CEO and President of SIG Sauer said the P365 is built around SIG’s new, proprietary magazine for maximum concealability, capacity and shootability. “The pistol is made for professionals and civilians alike who want a smaller, high-performance pistol that does it all,” he said. “This is the ultimate, everyday concealed carry pistol.”

Disassembly is made safe and easy with a three-point takedown that does not require the trigger to be pulled.  A generous trigger guard undercut also allows for a higher hand position and better retention. The narrowing magazine design allows the upper part of the grip to be perfectly contoured to fit the shooter’s thumb when fired.

In continued partnership with Blackpoint Tactical, one of the nation’s premier holster manufacturers, SIG Sauer is offering a series of concealment holsters specifically designed for the P365. Immediately available for order are the Blackpoint APX (right) and IWB holster (left) variants.

As a complete systems provider, SIG Sauer will be launching several new products specifically designed to complement the P365, including ammunition optimized for everyday carry, a high-performance weapon light, a laser sight, a P365 compatible suppressor and a P365 air pistol.

MSRP: $599.00
12-Round Extended Magazine: $55.00
10-Round Flush Mag / 10-Round Base-Extension: $49.00
365 APX Holster: $79.95

For more, visit SigSauer.com.

First look at the Glock G19X

By: SI Staff

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Following the completion of the Modular Handgun System trials in 2017, Glock brought its G19X submission to the consumer market, giving Glock lovers an opportunity to get their hands on the gun designed for military use.

“The G19X was developed for the military and is a practical everyday pistol that will do what you need it to do, when you need it to; every time, in every condition,” Glock VP Josh Dorsey said.  “Using Glock’s combat proven experience with consideration to efficiency, dependability and durability, and through rigorous testing, the G19X stands out above the competition and has the ability to function in harsh climates and all conditions with increased accuracy and ultimate reliability.

The Glock G19X is a combination of the frame and slide from two of the company’s most popular pistols, bringing together the full-size frame from the G17 and mating it with the compact slide of the G19. In addition, the new gun is also the first-ever offering from the company that comes with a coated, colored slide straight from the factory. The coyote-tan color comes from the specially formulated nPVD treatment designed to stand up to corrosive environments, giving owners protection from the elements while standing up to harsh cleaning chemicals.

In addition to the novel colored frame and slide, the Glock G19X also incorporates some of the developments seen on the company’s new Gen5 pistol series. The frame lacks the finger grooves found on earlier models, and the company’s Marksman Barrel sits inside the slide, providing owners with enhanced polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown for better accuracy. The pistol also features an ambidextrous slide stop and a lanyard loop located on the bottom of the frame.

Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of the military while maintaining our standard of perfection,” Dorsey said.  “With proven testing results and fewer parts than our competitors’ pistols, the G19X has maximum efficiency, reliability and is easy to maintain.”

The Glock G19X ships with two 17-round magazines and comes with a coyote-tan hard-sided case to match the finish found on the pistol. The gun will be available at select Glock dealers starting Jan. 22, 2018.

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First Look At The New Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide

By: SI Staff

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Kimber began rolling out its new-for-2018 products late in 2017, and one of the company’s new introductions is the new Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide pistol, available in both .45 ACP and 10 mm.

The new Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide pistol is constructed with a frame, slide and barrel all machined from stainless steel. In keeping with the classic long-slide 1911 design, the barrel length on the pistol measures 6 inches long and uses a left-hand twist measuring 1:16 inches. Like all Kimber pistols, the barrel and slide are hand-fitted to the frame in order to ensure accuracy and precision. The slide and frame both feature a satin-silver finish, and the ramped barrel is topped off with a match-grade barrel bushing also machined from stainless steel.

The pistol measures 5.25 inches high, 9.7 inches long, and the slide is 1.28 inches wide. The gun uses a standard-length guide rod and features a recoil spring that measures 18.5 pounds. With an empty magazine, the Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide pistol weighs in at 42 ounces. In .45 ACP, magazine capacity is a standard seven rounds, while the 10 mm model provides users with an extra cartridge at an overall capacity of eight rounds.

The pistol comes equipped with a number of noticeable features. The frame features a round heel and 24 LPI checkering on the front strap and back strap of the gun. The slide is equipped with angled serrations at the rear, while the front of the slide remains bare. The gun also comes with a bobbed hammer, as well as a standard right-hand thumb safety and magazine release. The trigger comes with a factory setting that measures between 4-5 pounds.

The Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide pistol is equipped with target sights designed for quick target acquisition. The rear sight features a serrated face to reduce glare and is fully adjustable. The front sight features a red fiber-optic wire that encourages users to quickly pick up and focus on the sight. Finally, the gun ships with Rosewood grips engraved with the Kimber logo.

The Kimber Stainless 1911 Long Slide pistol retails at an MSRP of $1,055 for the 10 mm model, while the .45 ACP model retails at a suggested price of $1,075.

Review: Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Compact 1911

By: Jay Grazio

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The Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Compact 1911, shown above, launched in late 2017 as a new batch of 1911 pistols inspired by the success of Springfield’s Range Officer 1911 lineup.

There’s an old joke about the appellation “Yankee.” To a citizen of the world, a “Yankee” is an American; to your average American, a “Yankee” is someone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line. To someone above the Mason-Dixon line, a “Yankee” is someone who lives in New England. And to someone who lives in New England, a “Yankee” is someone who still uses an outhouse. It’s very much like that with 1911s. To purists, a true 1911 should be Government-Model length (5-inch barrel) and chambered in .45 ACP (possibly, albeit begrudgingly, .38 Super).

Springfield Armory’s Range Officer series, introduced in 2010, is available in a dizzying array of configurations. The Range Officer itself combines upgraded features borne of the competitive-shooting world, while the Elite line brings fighting touches to the Range Officer family. The Range Office Elite Compact, new this year, goes a step farther and blends competition and combat touches in a package well-suited for concealed carry. Ambidextrous controls, purchase-enhancing stocks and instinctive sights make for a fighting pistol that is easy to control and conceal.

The Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Compact features a design that combines a shortened grip with a mid-length slide (it’s a 4-inch barrel, placing it between the Commander and Officer’s Model sizes). As the part most-difficult to conceal, the shorter grip means less printing, while still offering a full, three-finger grip—similar to a Glock G19 for size. Your pinkie isn’t going to hang out in space under the grip, nor is it scrambling for the edge of the magazine, which comes in handy under less-than-ideal shooting conditions. The 4-inch barrel and commensurate longer slide translate into greater sight radius, while the red fiber-optic front sight is easy to acquire quickly.

While the 9 mm model might be an affront to the purists, it’s more controllable and offers greater capacity than the .45 ACP model. It’s also worth noting, as our resident 1911 guru reminded me, that the original Commander was launched in the 1950s in 9 mm as a possible candidate for U.S. military use. Don’t worry, though—if you’re a true 1911 purist, there’s also a Range Officer Elite Compact model chambered in .45 ACP.

(l.) Ambidextrous controls, textured G10 scales and other purpose-built features help define the Elite Compact as a fine concealed-carry option. (ctr.) Crisp and clean, the Gen 2 trigger proved heavier than expected, but shot quite well. (r.) Extending the beavertail to prevent hammer bite is one of many thoughtful touches.


One of the first things I noticed when I picked up the Springfield Range Officer Elite Compact was how natural it felt in my hand. That’s always been a huge selling point of the 1911: you pick it up, and as almost of its own volition the pistol is pointing right where you want it. The G10 scales on the Elite ensure it stays firmly in hand, even under rapid-fire situations. I did have to re-acquaint myself with the thumb safety; certainly no fault of the Elite of course, but something to be cognizant of should you pick one up after an extended absence from shooting 1911-style pistols.

I found that the shorter grip and grip safety required a precise grasp of the pistol—always a good thing, of course—to activate the safety mechanisms. When you’re used to a pistol with no external safeties, having two mechanical variants in play means you need even more attention than usual. It’s also a great reason to, as Sheriff Jim Wilson recommends, stick with one operating system for your defensive handgun needs. An imprecise grip that doesn’t engage the grip safety is annoying on the range; used in a defensive situation it could be a costly mistake, indeed. Again, this is by no means whatsoever a knock on the Elite Compact, just a reminder to practice diligently, especially when working with a less-familiar system.

(l. & ctr.) Two white dots adorn the “tactical rack” equipped rear sight, while a red fiber-optic pipe sits up front. Both feature glare-reducing serrations. (r.) Adding a tapered barrel eliminates the need for a traditional barrel bushing.

Once adjusted to the operating system, though, there was little to report in the way of problems. The Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Compact digested 115-grain FMJ, 124-grain defensive ammo and 147-grain subsonic 9 mm with equal aplomb. The only problem noted in all testing was a failure to lock back on an empty magazine a handful of times—the Elite Compact fed, fired and ejected everything tested. Accuracy was exceptional, as noted in the results, when controlled-fire testing was conducted, and the red fiber-optic front sight provided an immediate sight picture excellent for rapid-fire testing.

I’ve always been a big fan of the 1911, but have crossed over to the dark side (polymer, striker-fired guns) for my daily carry. With its light weight, excellent ergonomics and proven reliability, the Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Compact is the kind of 1911-style pistol that could bring me back into the fold. For fans of the 1911, certainly, this is one solid option for a daily concealed-carry pistol.

Kimber Announces New Micro Lineup and Red-Dot-Sight 1911

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Like most firearm manufacturers, Kimber is getting a jump on announcing its new pistol lineup for 2018, which includes a family of red-dot-integrated 1911s, and an expansion of its Micro 9 and Micro 380 pistols.

For starters, the five available variants of the Kimber Aegis Elite 1911-style pistol come chambered in either 9 mm or .45 ACP, in both Custom (5″) and Pro (4″) sizes. Ready out-of-the-box, it comes complete with a milled and installed Vortex Optics Venom Red Dot 6-MOA sight, which can be co-witnessed with the standard white 3-dot sights. A satin silver round heel frame; Kimber’s new AEX serrations on the black slide; a match-grade barrel, 24-LPI front strap serrations; green, black and gray G10 grips; and a premium aluminum trigger round out the features. 

Non-red-dot-mounted models are available in Custom, Pro and Ultra (3″) sizes, where green and red fiber optic sights replace the mounted red dot sight.

MSRPs on the Aegis Elite range from $1,021 to $1,415, depending on model.

The Kimber Micro and Micro 9 (.380/9 mm) new product lineup include eight new variants of the desirable small-scale 1911s, with all-metal construction and all made in the U.S.

You can see the eight new Micro models at KimberAmerica.com, but here’s a preview of two of the Micro 9s and a Micro 380. The Micro 9 Desert Night (DN) (below left) features a black slide, desert tan frame, TRUGLO TFX Pro Day/Night Sights and a Kimber-branded Hogue wraparound grip. MSRP: $755

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The Micro 9 Two-Tone (DN) (above right), features a black slide and small parts, stainless frame, TRUGLO TFX Pro Day/Night Sights and a Kimber-branded Hogue wraparound grip. MSRP: $755

The Micro Eclipse chambered in .380 ACP features a gray slide with brush polished flats, gray frame, black small parts, gray and black Cyclone G10 grips, and 3-dot tritium night sights. (MSRP: $679)