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.

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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)

First Look: Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686

By: SI Staff

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At the end of 2017, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center announced the addition of new Model 686 revolvers to its collection, offering wheelgun aficionados with options that are made specifically for competition.

“The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center.

The new Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686 revolvers are built on a stainless-steel frame and also use barrels and cylinders machined from stainless steel and finished in a matte silver. Several noticeable features jump out on the new revolvers, including a featureless, unfluted cylinder, a vented ribbed barrel and a specially designed teardrop hammer that features a chrome finish.

The company offers two 686 models in its Performance Center revolver lineup. The first Model 686 features a six-round cylinder and a 4-inch barrel, while the second model, the Model 686 Plus, incorporates a seven-round cylinder and a 5-inch barrel. Both revolvers are chambered in .357 Mag. The Model 686 Plus also features a milled-out cylinder designed to accept moon clips.

“When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting,” Miele said. “these new revolvers have attractive features for both new and seasoned competitive shooters.”

Some of the attractive features included on the new guns include the company’s Performance Center speed release, which allows for a quick forward push on the release to eject the cylinder from the frame. The guns also use a highly visible orange front sight that’s interchangeable with other options on the market. Of course, each gun features a specially tuned action from Performance Center gunsmiths.

The suggested retail price on the two new Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers is $966.

Smith & Wesson Adds Compact Model to M&P M2.0 Series

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Move over Glock 19. Move over Glock 23. Less than a year after the release of its M&P M2.0 pistol, Smith & Wesson Corp. has grown the family by adding the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series. Available in 9 mm and .40 S&W, the series builds upon the popular platform in a versatile, carry-size configuration, and is designed for both personal and professional use.

President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation James Debney said, “When we introduced the M&P M2.0 pistol family back in January, we announced our plans to expand the next-generation M2.0 product platform beyond the full-size design.” He said the M&P M2.0 pistols represent a growing family of products developed through feedback from Smith & Wesson’s professional and civilian customers to deliver the performance and features they desire.

The compact pistol series features a 15- or 13-round capacity (depending on caliber), and a 4” barrel, blending a feature set that offers both shootability and concealment. “The M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series bridges the gap for those who want a single firearm for professional use, personal protection, carry, or practice at the range,” said Debney. “We believe the new M&P M2.0 Compact series will be sought after by consumers whose purchase option in this category has, until now, been limited primarily to the Glock 19 or 23.”

M&P M2.0 Compact pistol features include:

  • Low barrel bore axis
  • Four interchangeable dimensional palmswell grips: S, M, ML,
  • New aggressive M2.0 textured grip for enhanced control
  • New front cocking serrations
  • New M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull
  • Tactile and audible trigger reset
  • Accurate 1:10″ twist barrel in both 9 mm and .40 S&W
  • Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing
  • Tactical white 3-dot steel sights
  • Ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and optional ambidextrous thumb safety
  • Simple M&P pistol take-down lever
  • M&P pistol sear deactivation lever
  • Armornite-hardened nitride durable corrosion resistant finish on barrel and slideThe M&P M2.0 Compact pistol is available both with and without an ambidextrous thumb safety, and priced at an MSRP of $569. The pistol ships with two magazines, including two magazine extender sleeves for use with full-size magazines, as well as a limited lifetime warranty and lifetime service policy.

For more information about the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series, including spec sheets and images, please click here. For more information on Smith & Wesson products, please visit smith-wesson.com

Umarex to Produce Glock Replicas

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Germany-based Umarex, known for producing replica firearms of some of the industry’s most popular models, will soon add Glock to its lineup. Umarex is the first replica-pistol manufacturer to receive the worldwide license from the Austrian gun maker.

“For years now, the trust between our two companies has been growing and we are looking forward to further developing this relationship with Glock,“ said Eyck Pflaumer, managing partner of Umarex. “From November 2017 onward, gun fans will find the first replicas of these famous pistols in outdoor retail locations almost everywhere in the world.” U.S. distribution is expected to begin first quarter 2018.

Umarex will build Glock pistols in the categories “Airguns” (4.5 mm / .177) and “Airsoft” (6 mm). Particularly attractive for collectors, the license allows the replicas to carry the original markings and be marketed in authentic packaging.

The Glock replicas will be distributed worldwide through sporting goods dealers, except in France and French territories. Umarex USA and the Elite Force Airsoft group of Umarex USA will distribute the world-leading Glock pistol replicas exclusively throughout North America.

For more, visit umarexusa.com.

Glock Announces Gen5 G17 and G19

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Glock, Inc., has announced the 5th generation of its G19 and G17 pistols, which feature more than 20 design changes that distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.

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“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said Glock, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, Glock has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.

Among the design changes are five key features. The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the Glock manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

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The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

For more information visit us.glock.com/Gen5

New Glock Model! The Glock 17 & 19 Gen5

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The new features on the Gen5:

1. nDLC finish for barrel and slide – GLOCK‘s nDLC provides tougher, more durable protection than previously used finish. The nDLC finish is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process. The nDLC finish increases protection against corrosion and scratching and improves the ability of the pistol to function in degreased or adverse conditions. The nDLC finish will be exclusive to Gen5 pistols at this time.
2. GLOCK Marksman Barrel – The GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) features new barrel rifling which delivers improved accuracy.
3. Removal of the finger grooves on the grip – Removing the finger grooves improves the ergonomics of the grip. The absence of finger grooves improves the ability of the pistol to deliver a consistently comfortable grip to a wider range of consumers, regardless of their finger size and whether or not gloves are worn.
4. Ambidextrous Slide Stop Lever – The ambidextrous slide stop lever makes it easier for gun owners to quickly, safely and comfortably manipulate the slide whether they are left-handed or right-handed.
5. Flared mag-well – The larger opening of the flared mag-well makes it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations where fractions of seconds matter.
6. GLOCK Gen5 Magazine – The new GLOCK Gen5 magazine comes with an orange follower and a floor plate which is extended at the front for faster magazine change.

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First Look at Walther Arms P22QD Pistol

By: SI Staff

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Walther Arms added a number of updates to its popular P22 rimfire pistol, relaunching the gun under the P22QD line.

The new Walther P22QD features many of the same elements found in the company’s original P22 pistol. The frame offers the same ergonomic fit as the original gun, and much of the profile is unchanged, ensuring that shooters have access to the same look and feel as the company’s previous offering, as well as the reliability that comes with the system.

However, Walther made a select few changes to improve the versatility and safety of the pistol. The company added a decocking safety. The new setup ensures that users cannot cock the pistol with the safety engaged. If owners load the gun and then engage the safety, the external hammer will safely move into a forward position, decocking the P22QD and allowing users to operate the pistol with a double-action trigger pull on the first shot. All Walther P22 pistols operate using a DA/SA action.

Each Walther P22 pistol comes equipped with three-dot combat sights made from polymer. The rear sight is adjustable for windage, and the sights feature a low-profile design that won’t catch on clothing or holster during a draw. The pistol also features a Picatinny accessory rail that allows users to attach an optional light or laser.

The double-action/single-action system used on the pistol provides users with an 11-pound trigger pull on double-action shots, while single-action follow-up shots can be performed using the gun’s 4-pound single-action pull. The pistol includes an ambidextrous, paddle-style magazine release, as well as a loaded-chamber indicator and an external slide stop that locks the magazine back on an empty chamber.

The Walther P22QD, like other P22 pistols, can be used with an aftermarket adapter that allows users to equip a suppressor onto the company’s M8x.075 target barrel with 1/2-28 TPI threads. The suggested retail price on a Walther P22 pistol starts at $319.

First Look: Ed Brown LS10 1911 Pistol

By: SI Staff

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Fans of the 10 mm cartridge have had to look far and wide for a long-slide 1911-style gun chambered in the powerful cartridge. Now, with the introduction of the Ed Brown LS10 long-slide 10 mm 1911, shooters looking for an accurate pistol in the powerhouse chambering can cease their search.
The Ed Brown LS10 is designed from the ground up for long-range target shooting and hunting with a long-slide handgun that incorporates a 6-inch barrel, perfect for taking advantage of the enhanced performance characteristics of the 10 mm round. In addition to the increased velocity offered by the lengthened barrel, the longer slide also provides shooters with an increased sight radius, ensuring more accurate shooting.
To take advantage of this tack-driving accuracy, the pistol can be had with an adjustable rear sight. For those looking to take advantage of more modern micro red-dot sights, Ed Brown will also sell a model that features a milled slide that comes filled with a Trijicon RMR reflex optic, ensuring that shooters can get on target quickly and easily with a 3.25-MOA red dot.
When equipped with an RMR, the Ed Brown LS10 will also feature back-up iron sights from Trijicon. These tall irons are designed for nighttime and low-light use and have enough clearance to allow shooters to use the optics through the window of the RMR optic.
The LS10 1911 measures 9.75 inches in overall length, with a height of 6.25 inches. The total weight of the gun, including an empty magazine, is 43 ounces. The slide and frame are constructed from stainless steel, and the gun is finished in Ed Brown’s black Gen4 finish. The total magazine capacity of the pistol is nine rounds.
The pistol also features 25 lines-per-inch checkering on the front strap and mainspring housing of the frame, ensuring that shooters have a firm gripping surface on the pistol that withstands the recoil of the powerful 10 mm round. The slide features traditional forward-facing cocking serrations located on the rear of the slide. The pistol also includes a French border, serrated slide top and a flush-fit barrel.