Although the world seems to be going crazy for the smallest handguns possible, there are still plenty of shooters who prefer to keep a full-sized pistol by their side. Full-size pistols offer the benefits of an extended sight radius, reduced recoil, and higher velocities over their compact counterparts. The NSSF SHOT show and Industry Day at the Range have always been the best places to check out new gear and with the return to an in-person location I started running to get my hands on so many more deals. important as possible. Here are six that caught my attention:
Armory Rock Island 9mm Tac Ultra
While it’s fair to say that Rock Island Armory is best known for their single-stack 1911s, they also offer some impressive double-stack variants. As the name suggests, the 9mm Tac Ultra comes from the Ultra series, which means it’s well equipped with the options we all love. These options include an ambidextrous safety, an extended beaver tail, and a skeletonized trigger and hammer. Features like G-10 grips and a magazine well funnel make it exceptionally quick to handle while the all-steel construction absorbs most of a 9mm’s recoil, making it a flat-firing pistol. .
Let’s talk Turkey; they make beautiful weapons. Teas wowed us with affordable guns that don’t sacrifice the slightest quality. His new 1911D10 is a 1911 government profile chambered in the infamous 10mm Auto which is enjoying a major resurgence. This new gun is constructed from solid stainless steel and is hardened before machining, a more expensive process but results in a much more consistent firearm. Features such as an undercut trigger guard, G 10 grips, and cross hatching on the fore and aft straps effectively tame the recoil of the 10mm, to the point that onlookers had to ask if I was shooting a 9mm.
Canik SFX Rival
The introduction of the METE line of Canik, another Turkish manufacturer, presented one of the best values on the market for a quality pistol. For 2022, the METE has a facelift that puts it at the feet of competitive and tactical shooters. Features such as overcut slide serrations and extended magazine release are designed to improve functionality, while the external (and detachable) magazine allows for lightning-fast reloads. Just like other METE guns, the Rival SFX is optics ready and can accept a wide variety of electro-optics through the use of the included mounting plates.
Magnum Research 20th Anniversary BFR
I doubt anyone in our readership would consider a Govt .45-70 10-inch. “full size” revolver, and that’s precisely why we’re including this Magnum Search Limited Edition BFR Wheel Gun in our roundup. The Anniversary Edition features an octagonal body and luxurious scrollwork that covers nearly every inch of its exterior. Tyler Gunworks gets credit for designing this masterpiece by going through the arduous task of redesigning features like the ejector rod and base pin to fit the atypical barrel. This BFR also features a set of hand-fitted grips and that smooth 2.5-pound trigger we love in this single-action rig.
EAA Regard MC Sport Gen 3
This 92FS clone is ideal for anyone who wants to add a red dot to the familiar hammerhead rig without breaking the bank. New EAA Corp. Regard MC Sport features a lightweight aluminum frame mated to a solid steel frame and slide. Upgrades include a frame mounted safety and of course the pre-installed Perry Far Sight optic. This optic fits a Shield RMS footprint and provides shooters with a fiber optic rear sight that aids in point acquisition during the presentation. Other distinguishing features are the window cut handles, slide and magazine which all line up to give you an idea of how many rounds you have on deck with nothing more than a glance. Standard 92F magazines fit the Regard and two 17 rounders are included.
Light Transport Rock River Arms
The 1911 is known for a plethora of positive attributes, none of which include capacity or weight. Often referred to as “heavy duty”, many people are hesitant to hang one on their belt, especially since it would mean having only 8 or 9 rounds to deal with a threat. Arm of the Rock River seeks to address these issues with the introduction of the Lightweight Carry, an aluminum framed 1911 with a total capacity of 10 9mm rounds. With its 4.25 inch barrel, the Lightweight Carry conceals itself easily in a variety of positions, although its highly polished slide makes it quite tempting to show off.