5 new pistols to watch for at 2015 SHOT Show

IWI, Ruger, and Dan Wesson are among the list of companies that plan to unveil new firearms at the show this year


By PoliceOne Staff

As the 2015 SHOT Show gears up, vendors from around the world are dropping hints about what to keep an eye out for on the tradeshow floor. IWI, Ruger, and Dan Wesson are just some of the companies who plan to unveil new handguns at the show. 

1. Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander

Ruger plans to unveil a new SR1911 pistol that uses an aluminum frame at SHOT Show 2015 in Las Vegas, called the Lightweight Commander.

This .45 caliber pistol is lighter than the existing Commander-sized gun from Ruger, and uses an anodized aluminum frame instead of a stainless one. Using aluminum results in a reduction of more than 7 ounces in weight: 29.3 oz from the original 36.4 oz.

The new SR1911 is a Series 70 design, and features a polished titanium feed ramp, stainless steel barrel, extended mag release button, extended thumb safety, hardwood stocks, and three-dot sights with a Novak LoMount Carry rear.

MSRP is $899.

2. UZI PRO & UZI PRO SB pistols

The UZI® PRO Pistol and UZI® PRO Pistol SB are the latest handguns from Israeli Weapon Industries, and they plan to make their return to the U.S. by debuting at SHOT Show 2015 in Las Vegas.

The UZI® PRO is a 9mm Luger Parabellum version that sports an advanced polymer pistol grip that reduces weight and incorporates an integrated magazine release button for fast and easy magazine changes. The cocking handle is located on the receiver side allowing for a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover. A short Picatinny rail is also incorporated into the polymer body, mounted below the barrel, to allow for additional accessory placement.

The UZI® PRO Pistol will also be offered with a side-folding Stabilizing Brace, the UZI® PRO SB, produced exclusively for IWI US by SB Tactical LLC.

MSRP is approximately $1,109 – $1,309, depending on the model.

3. .45 and 10mm Dan Wesson Silverback pistols  

Dan Wesson will release a new pistol called the Silverback at the show. The 1911-style pistols will be chambered in both .45 ACP and 10mm.

These single-action pistols have thumb and grip safeties, 5-inch barrels, and both calibers weigh 39 oz. unloaded.

The Silverback is two-toned, featuring polished black finish, trigger, and safety,  and a stainless silver slide and skeletonized hammer.

Other features include fully adjustable tritium target sights, G10 stocks, and ‘full thickness’ grips.

MSRP is approximately $1,883 for the .45 ACP and $2,064 for the 10mm.

4. Smith & Wesson M&P Ported pistols

In September, Smith & Wesson Corp. announced the addition of four new competition-ready models to the M&P® pistol line with the availability of the M&P Performance Center Ported series.

Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W and available in both a 4.25-and 5-inch barrel configuration, the M&P Performance Center Ported pistols feature a factory ported barrel and slide and a user-adjustable trigger stop so that the user can personalize their competition rigs.

Precision cut ports aid in reducing muzzle flip and improve the ability to remain on target after firing.

Features include an integral mounting platform on top of the slide for the adding optics, plus removable mounting brackets that allow shooters to install the corresponding mounting screws for the precise fit and height required for their sight.

The M&P Performance Center Ported pistols have an MSRP of $812 and ship complete with two magazines.

5. Ruger LCP Custom pistol

Ruger is introducing a new addition to the LCP line with the LCP Custom, featuring larger sights and a more colorful, aluminum skeletonized trigger.

The new front sight is photo luminescent, which absorbs light, making it preferable for low-light situations.

These small .380 ACP pistols are flat and light, though the upgraded sites do add 0.2 inches to the gun’s overall height.

MSRP is $419 and includes a magazine. 

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