New Semi Auto Handguns for 2021 | An Official Journal Of The NRA – Shooting Illustrated

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As firearms continue to sell at record pace, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand for existing models. Nonetheless, innovation continues. We are seeing introductions of MRDS-ready, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistols, including higher-capacity micro-9s. Also hitting the market with some frequency are large-format pistols in both rifle and pistol calibers. And, of course, super-premium 1911s continue to be unveiled at the aspirational end of the market.

With alarmed citizens looking to protect themselves, first-time buyers now seem to comprise a larger part of the firearm consumer base. As all guns may be new to them, some old standbys are moving well. So, what’s the market for sophisticated new designs? Long-range rifle competition and the simple fact that one can never have too many guns.



Browning  1911-22 Black Label Suppressor Ready Muzzle Brake Laser



Browning | 1911-22 Black Label Suppressor Ready Muzzle Brake Laser


If you’re a fan of the 1911 and are looking for a fun, easy-to-shoot and extremely well-built pistol for plinking, this is the gun for you. With the included muzzle brake and Crimson Trace laser, accuracy should be a cinch, while removing the brake allows mounting a suppressor for even more fun at the range.

Muzzle brake

Crimson Trace Railmaster laser included

Stippled Buckmark grips

Extended beavertail

Caliber: .22 LR

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.88 inches

Overall Length: 8.13 inches

Weight: 14 ounces

MSRP: $829.99

(800) 333-3288 browning.com


Browning  1911-380 Black Label Pro American Flag



Browning | 1911-380 Black Label Pro American Flag


With its .380 ACP chambering, this 1911-style pistol is a solid option for concealed carry for those who prefer a light, easy-to-control handgun. The gorgeous wooden grips feature a subdued American flag to showcase your patriotism while providing excellent purchase.

Rosewood grips with American flag artwork

Commander-style hammer

Ambidextrous thumb safety

Three-dot Combat sights

Caliber: .380 ACP

Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.25 inches

Overall Length: 7.5 inches

Weight: 18 ounces

MSRP: $829.99

(800) 333-3288 browning.com


Browning  Buck Mark Plus Vision Black/Gold Suppressor Ready



Browning | Buck Mark Plus Vision Black/Gold Suppressor Ready


Beyond its striking appearance thanks to the gold barrel beneath an intricate shroud, this pistol is deceptively lightweight, yet still easy and incredibly fun to shoot. Made with pinpoint accuracy in mind, it features a host of upgrades over a standard .22 LR handgun, all designed to make it ideal for both plinking and rimfire competition.

TruGlo fiber-optic front sight

Adjustable Pro-Target rear sight

Removable muzzle brake

Gold Cerakote barrel

Caliber: .22 LR

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds

Barrel Length: 5.88 inches

Overall Length: 9.9 inches

Weight: 14 ounces

MSRP: $719.99

(800) 333-3288 browning.com


CZ  P-10 S



CZ | P-10 S


If you have a need or merely a preference for something other than black, the P-10 S is now also available in OD Green and Flat Dark Earth. All other features of this popular, lightweight, carry handgun remain the same.

Three-dot, ledge-style tritium night sights

12+1 capacity

Recurved trigger guard

Beveled muzzle

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.5 inches

Overall Length: 6.6 inches

Weight: 24.4 ounces

MSRP: $619

(800) 955-4486 cz-usa.com


CZ  Tactical Sport 2



CZ | Tactical Sport 2


Thanks to its low slide profile and redesigned frame, the TS 2 offers a low bore axis that prevents excessive muzzle rise. The Tactical Sport 2 is deigned for fast, comfortable handling and handling, and easy customization.

Low-profile slide

Front cocking serrations

Fiber-optic front sight

Aluminum grips

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds

Barrel Length: 5.23 inches

Overall Length: 8.86 inches

Weight: 48 ounces

MSRP: $1,699

(800) 955-4486 cz-usa.com


EAA  Girsan MC9 Standard TV



EAA | Girsan MC9 Standard TV


In addition to its ergonomically designed polymer frame and interchangeable backstrap inserts, the latest offering from Girsan features a milled side cut and includes the company’s patent-pending Fast Acquisition Red Dot optics (FAR-DOT).

Interchangeable backstraps

Built-in trigger safety

Accessory rail

4-MOA MRDS

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.2 inches

Overall Length: 7.5 inches

Weight: 22.4 ounces

MSRP: $568

(321) 639-4842 eaacorp.com


FN America  FN 509 LS Edge



FN America | FN 509 LS Edge


Now in an optics-ready platform with four MRD slide adapter plates, the FN 509 LS Edge is a striker-fired pistol made for competition. It also doubles as a personal-defense handgun with a solid trigger and three spare mags for carry or training purposes.

Flat-face trigger

Optics ready

4 MRD plates

Two backstraps

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.2 inches

Weight: 31 ounces

MSRP: $1,499

(703) 288-3500 fnamerica.com


Glock  G43X MOS



Glock | G43X MOS


Glock has taken the G43X (and G48) of the company’s single-stack Slim Line and added a slide cut for a micro red-dot sight (MRDS) as well as an accessory rail. The MOS version allows for direct installation of a low-mounted sight (not included) as well as a laser and/or light module.

Front cocking serrations

MRDS-ready slide

Single-slot rail

Safe Action trigger

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.41 inches

Overall Length: 6.5 inches

Weight: 18.55 ounces

MSRP: $582

(770) 432-1202 us.glock.com


Heckler & Koch  VP9L OR



Heckler & Koch | VP9L OR


Heckler & Kock’s all-time best-seller, the VP9, has been upgraded with the VP9L OR. An O-ring bushing on the 5-inch barrel tightens lockup, resulting in tighter groups. The slide is pre-cut for a red-dot sight and mounting plates are available for five of the most popular footprints of that type.

Pre-cut slide for MRDS

Lightening cuts

10-, 17- and 20-round magazines

Multi-slot accessory rail

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.23 inches

Weight: 27.16 ounces

MSRP: $1,059

(706) 568-1906 hk-usa.com


Kimber  Micro9 Rapide (Black Ice)



Kimber | Micro9 Rapide (Black Ice)


Kimber’s Micro9 line gets an attractive addition in the Rapide (Black Ice) variant. Featuring sculpted G10 grips, subtle two-tone finish and ambidextrous safety, the Micro9 Rapide is as easy to run as it is on the eyes.

DLC-coated barrel

G10 grips

Tru-Glo TFX tritium day/night sights

Kimpro II slide finish

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.15 inches

Overall Length: 6.4 inches

Weight: 15.6 ounces

MSRP: $883

(888) 243-4522 kimberamerica.com


Lone Wolf  Timberwolf LTD



Lone Wolf | Timberwolf LTD


Built by a company that has spent two decades offering aftermarket parts and modifications for polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols, Lone Wolf has introduced its Timberwolf LTD, which stands for Lightweight Tactical Defense pistol. It is intended to offer enhanced comfort, lighter weight and reduced felt recoil when compared to similar pistols.

Low-mass slide

Comfortable grip angle

Radiused, undercut trigger guard

Low-profile mag well

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds

Barrel Length: 4 inches

Overall Length: 7.16 inches

Weight: 19 ounces

MSRP: $699

(208) 448-0600 lonewolfdist.com


MasterPiece Arms  MPA DS9 Hybrid Black & Blue Pistol



MasterPiece Arms | MPA DS9 Hybrid Black & Blue Pistol


MasterPiece Arms absorbed the wide-body, double-stack 1911 from Freedom Gunworks, which resulted in the DS9 Hybrid, a competition-ready 9 mm with premium features and a highly accurate 5-inch bull barrel. MRDS not included.

Double-stack 1911

Competition ready

MPA416R bull barrel

Black-anodized grip

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.75 inches

Weight: 40 ounces

MSRP: $2,999

(706) 395-7050 masterpiecearms.com


Nighthawk Custom  VIP Agent 2



Nighthawk Custom | VIP Agent 2


Combining Old-World finishing techniques with modern machining has resulted in the Nighthawk Custom VIP Agent 2, a 1911 for the 21st century. The product of a partnership between Nighthawk Custom, Turnbull Restoration and Agency Arms is a truly unique and stunning firearm.

Turnbull color-case-hardened frame

High-polished, charcoal-blued small parts

18K solid-gold bead front sight

Mammoth-ivory grips

Caliber: .45 ACP

Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.59 inches

Weight: 39.6 ounces

MSRP: $8,499

(877) 268-4867 nighthawkcustom.com


Republic Forge  Damasteel Patriot Commander



Republic Forge | Damasteel Patriot Commander


From the intricate pattern of its slide to the warm hues of its color-case-hardened frame, the Damasteel Patriot Commander proves that finely crafted 1911s can also be things of beauty.

Skeletonized trigger

Stag grips

Texas Star hammer

Hand-chambered barrel

Caliber: .45 ACP

Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.25 inches

Overall Length: 7.52 inches

Weight: 39 ounces

MSRP: $5,995

(505) 659-6289 republicforge.com


Republic Forge  Handfit Ultimate Longslide



Republic Forge | Handfit Ultimate Longslide


As aesthetically pleasing as it is accurate, the Ultimate Longslide ships with both 9 mm and .38 Super barrels. The frame sports a color-case-hardened finish and fancy mammoth-ivory grips are included.

Red fiber-optic front sight

Adjustable Novak rear sight

Single-sided thumb safety

New Mexico Zia hammer

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 9 rounds

Barrel Length: 6 inches

Overall Length: 9.5 inches

Weight: 43 ounces

MSRP: $6,220

(505) 659-6289 republicforge.com


Ruger  MAX-9



Ruger | MAX-9


A striker-fired design with redundant safety mechanisms, the MAX-9 boasts an optics-ready slide compatible with both JPoint- and Shield-pattern MRDS. Ruger’s first higher-capacity micro-9 ships with two 12-round magazines and a finger-grip-extension. 

Glass-filled nylon frame

Manual safety

Integral trigger safety

Tritium/fiber-optic front sight

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.2 inches

Overall Length: 6 inches

Weight: 18.5 ounces

MSRP: $499

(336) 949-5200 ruger.com


SAR USA  SAR9 Optics-Ready Pistol



SAR USA | SAR9
Optics-Ready Pistol


Based on the heavily tested and NATO-approved SAR9, the SAR9 Optics-Ready Pistol is simply that: A SAR9 with the slide pre-cut for mounting a mini red-dot sight (not included). That allows shooters to easily enjoy all of a red-dot benefits, including having the target and dot in the same focal plane.

Optic-ready mount

Interchangeable backstrap insert

Black-oxide slide

Recessed barrel crown

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 19 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.4 inches

Overall Length: 7.5 inches

Weight: 27.8 ounces

MSRP: $736.82

(833) 727-4867 sarusa.com


SIG Sauer  P320MAX pistol



SIG Sauer | P320MAX pistol


Designed with input from world-class shooter Max Michel, the new P320MAX comes with competitive-shooting-based upgrades that will help any-level shooter do better. With multiple 21-round magazines and a red-dot included, you’re ready for any challenge.

SIG Sauer Romeo 3 Max red-dot sight

12- and 14-pound recoil springs

Match-grade bull barrel

Four magazines included

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 21 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.5 inches

Weight: 43.5 ounces

MSRP: $1,599.99

(603) 610-3000 sigsauer.com


SIG Sauer  P320XCarry Legion pistol



SIG Sauer | P320XCarry Legion pistol


Bringing SIG’s Legion upgrades to a more carry-friendly pistol, the P320 X-Carry Legion wears SIG’s Legion gray PVD finish and includes a flared mag well that accepts the custom 17-round magazines with aluminum base pads. 

Tungsten-infused grip

XRay3 Day/Night suppressor-height sights

Threaded barrel

Skeletonized trigger

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.6 inches

Overall Length: 8.1 inches

Weight: 40.5 ounces

MSRP: $999.99

(603) 610-3000 sigsauer.com


Smith & Wesson  Shield Plus



Smith & Wesson | Shield Plus


It looks like a standard Smith & Wesson Shield, but not quite—this model carries up to 11. Rounds, that is. The familiar Shield pistol now has a larger-capacity variant that’s very nearly the same size as the original.

Bladed-safety trigger

18-degree grip angle

Armornite finish

Extended 13-round mag included

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.1 inches

Overall Length: 6.1 inches

Weight: 20.2 ounces

MSRP: $553

(800) 331-0852 smith-wesson.com


Springfield Armory  Hellcat RDP



Springfield Armory | Hellcat RDP


The new Hellcat RDP (rapid defense package) features a self-indexing compensator and Hex Wasp red dot, a new proprietary offering from Springfield Armory.

Optics ready

Hex Wasp red dot

Self-indexing compensator

Gen 2 trigger

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 13 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.8 inches

Overall Length: 7 inches

Weight: 19.4 ounces

MSRP: $899

(800) 680-6866 springfield-armory.com


Springfield Armory  Ronin 10 mm



Springfield Armory | Ronin 10 mm


The Ronin 10 mm features a classic two-tone design that is perfectly accented by red laminate grips, all of which comes in a powerful 1911-style platform with a skeletonized Gen 2 Speed trigger.

Forged carbon steel slide

Classic two-tone design

Tactical Rack rear sight, fiber optic front

Front-cocking serrations

Caliber: 10 mm

Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.6 inches

Weight: 40 ounces

MSRP: $849

(800) 680-6866 springfield-armory.com


Staccato  2011 Staccato P



Staccato | 2011 Staccato P


The Staccato P is now approved for duty by more than 280 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Combining accuracy, reliability and durability with its MRDS-ready features makes it a premium duty pistol. The P can be personalized with a DLC coating, threaded barrel, chromed slide and engraving, too. Optic not included.

Tactical Advantage mag well

Optional Tactical Dawson Universal Optic system

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) finish

Flush-fit, 11-degree crown barrel

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.4 inches

Overall Length: 8 inches

Weight: 36 ounces

MSRP: $2,699

(512) 819-0656 staccato2011.com


Staccato  2011 Staccato XL



Staccato | 2011 Staccato XL


Staccato has taken its more than 25 years of competition experience and distilled it into the Staccato XL. It is now available optics ready with lower-profile mounting plates and lower-height iron sights that will co-witness with an optical sight. Optic not included.

Slotted slide cuts

Optional Tactical Dawson Universal Optic system

Custom color options

Tactical Advantage mag well

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 5.4 inches

Overall Length: 8.9 inches

Weight: 39 ounces

MSRP: $3,999

(512) 819-0656 staccato2011.com


Stoeger  STR-9S Combat



Stoeger | STR-9S Combat


Extended magazines, threaded barrels, suppressor-height sights and an optics cut are features you might expect in a firearm that costs significantly more than Stoeger’s new STR-9S Combat. It even comes with three 20-round magazines, all at an MSRP less than a good number of other optics-ready handguns. Optic not included.

Optics-ready with four plates

Threaded barrel

Three backstraps

Suppressor-height sights

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.17 inches

Overall Length: 7.44 inches

Weight: 25.6 ounces

MSRP: $549

(800) 264-4962 stoegerindustries.com


Taurus  G3 TORO



Taurus | G3 TORO


Featuring Taurus’ TORO optics-ready slide with four different adapter plates to accommodate a wide range of red dots, the G3 is a full-size handgun that is ideal for concealed-carry purposes. The Gen 3 trigger system provides enhanced accuracy from a proven pistol platform. Optic not included.

▶ Gen 3 trigger system

▶ Optics-ready slide

▶ Teflon coating

▶ Visual loaded-chamber indicator

Caliber: 9 mm 

Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds

Barrel Length: 4 inches          

Overall Length: 7.28 inches

Weight: 24.8 ounces

MSRP: $408.79

(229) 515-8464 taurususa.com


Taurus  G3C TORO



Taurus | G3C TORO


The G3C expands on a successful G3 line with a compact variant that features an optics-cut slide with four adapter plates. This newest model accommodates a wide variety of micro red dots, making it a great option for everyday carry (EDC) or personal-defense purposes. 

Optics-ready slide

Gen 3 trigger system

Visual loaded-chamber indicator

Teflon coating

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.2 inches

Overall Length: 6.3 inches

Weight: 22 ounces

MSRP: $408.77

(229) 515-8464 taurususa.com


Taurus  TX22 Competition



Taurus | TX22 Competition


Built for competition or plinking at the range, the TX22 features a Taurus Performance Trigger System (PTS) and ergonomic grip, as well as an optics-ready slide, for the best in high-performance accuracy. Optic not included.

Performance Trigger System (PTS)

Ergonomic grip

Optics-ready slide

Ambidextrous safety selector

Caliber: .22 LR

Magazine Capacity: 16 rounds

Barrel Length: 5 inches

Overall Length: 8.21 inches

Weight: 23.2 ounces

MSRP: $484.86

(229) 515-8464 taurusUSA.com


Walther  PDP



Walther | PDP


Walther’s new top-of-the-line personal protection pistol doesn’t want for anything. In addition to a host of features, the pistol boasts an excellent trigger, fine accuracy and good ergonomics. It is not only deeply cut for a mini red-dot sight, but the grip is also contoured to provide leverage to make the dot easier to find.

Pre-cut slide for MRDS mounting

SuperTerrain cocking serrations

Interchangeable backstrap insert

Performance duty texture

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 18 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.5 inches

Overall Length: 8 inches

Weight: 25.4 ounces

MSRP: $649

(479) 242-8500 waltherarms.com


Zev Technologies  Z320 XCompact Octane Gunmod



Zev Technologies | Z320 XCompact Octane Gunmod


Zev’s touches to SIG Sauer’s P320 X-Series Compact include the former’s Octane slide, which sports aggressive serrations to with manipulations and ports and cuts reduce weight, allowing the pistol to shoot flatter and maintain sight picture more easily during follow-up shots. Further upgrades include a Zev barrel, sights and stippling on the grip module.

Z320 XCompact Octane slide

Z320 XCompact PRO barrel

XCompact Grip with Zev diamond-pattern laser stippling

P320 X Series flat-face trigger

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.6 inches

Overall Length: 7 inches

Weight: 21 ounces

MSRP: $1,299

(805) 486-5800 zevtechnologies.com


Zev Technologies  Z365 Octane Gunmod



Zev Technologies | Z365 Octane Gunmod


The SIG Sauer P365 took the concealed-carry market by storm when it was introduced, and now Zev is offering a fully enhanced version of the popular micro 9 mm. The Octane slide is cut for an optic, while the company’s improved iron sights are also included. Custom touches abound to make the pistol even better for concealed carry.

Z365 Octane slide

Z365 PRO barrel

Fiber-optic Combat sights

Zev diamond-pattern stippling on grip

Caliber: 9 mm

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds

Barrel Length: 3.1 inches

Overall Length: 5.75 inches

Weight: 18 ounces

MSRP: $1,199

(805) 486-5800 zevtechnologies.com


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