SHOT Show 2019: New Guns And Gear Announcements
SHOT Show is the firearm industry’s biggest annual gathering. More than 80,000 people will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for a week from January 21 to 25. Almost every gun maker in the country will be there, and many from overseas. If you follow gun news, SHOT Show is the main event.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing everything new. This is going to be the main page for what we find. Check back often to see what we add. When new guns are announced, we will update this article.
And while we’re sorting through some SHOT Show business, we want your help. If there’s anything you want us to check out, let us know in the comments below. Hit us up on Facebook. We’ll have boots on the ground at the show and we’ll try to see everything we can.
SHOT Show 2019
SHOT Show is two weeks out, and there’s a lot of competition for the air-space before the show starts. Here are some of the biggest news makers of the last couple of weeks, and a good preview of what’s to come.
GLOCK 43X and 48
There’s a new GLOCK. Two, actually. This is about as surprising as Alabama competing for the national championship. The two new GLOCKs are both single stacks. Both are derivations on the 43. The 43X is similar to the 19X, a combination of a long grip on a short slide.
The 48 is actually the same longer single stack frame, but with a slightly longer barrel, too.
This has perplexed many GLOCK fans, including me, who thought the 43X might have a double-stack mag similar to the Sig P365. The X phenom at GLOCK has drawn a lot of criticism. We see it differently, at least with the 19X.
The new mags shipping with the 43X and 48 hold 10 rounds, and have bright orange followers. More on those to come.
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Want a genuine surprise? Mossberg’s dropping a pistol. This shouldn’t be a surprise. They began by making pistols. And they’ve been expanding their dominance.
What is a surprise is that Mossberg chose to enter the pistol market in what is a very crowded field. Single stack sub-compacts are a dime-a-dozen. No matter. Maybe there’s a Brownie coming soon.
Mossberg 590 M Shockwave
We’ve been working with this one for a couple of months. It isn’t a shotgun. It is a firearm. A 12 gauge firearm.
The gun will be getting a lot of attention at the show, though, even if it was a mid-season launch. What’s not to love about a 12 gauge with insane capacity?
And there are other grip options available, too.
Standard Manufacturing’s S333 Volleyfire
The last few SHOT Shows have featured interesting items from Standard Manufacturing. They’ve been redefining the way we think of the fighting shotgun. Now they’re bringing an odd revolver to the big dance. What makes it strange? Take a look.
Double barreled revolvers in .22 WMR. Why not? Eight shots from four trigger pulls.
Sig MPX Copperhead
Looking for something a bit more practical than a double-barreled revolver? Sig is introducing a new pistol to their lineup. The MPX Copperhead is a seriously compact PDW. Can it get any smaller?
The barrel on this tiny gun is just 3.5″ long. It runs on MPX 9mm mags.
Rifle Dynamics RRD556 NATO AK
If, after you’ve bought your new GLOCK and your new Sig, you still have a couple of grand laying about, why not pick up a new Rifle Dynamics AK. This one is now standard in their lineup and is chambered for 5.56.
For those of you who love AKs, Rifle Dynamics makes some of the best. These are not your typical stamped-steel knockabouts.
Walther PPQ Q5 Match Steel Frame
Maybe you want something a bit more sporty. Walther has the answer. Their latest update to the PPQ lineup is a steel framed beast. I’ve handled a lot of guns in my time, and this one is one of the most comfortable 9mms I’ve ever shot. It is fast, and easy to control.
Henry Long Ranger in 6.5 Creedmoor
One of the few companies that won’t be at the show is Henry. The name that’s synonymous with lever-actions is still making news, though. Their latest is a Long Ranger in 6.5 Creedmoor.
The 6.5 Creedmoor is gaining popularity for its long range consistency. The Long Ranger line has a lever, but the guns feed from mags. This allows for the barrels to be free floated, and the accuracy is stunning.
The KSG was a siezmic shift for the shotgun world. Now they have a thinner version, the KS7. Kel-Tec has also redeigned the sight rail, too.
This version is crazy short, and holds 7 rounds in a single tube. I assume those aren’t 3″ shells, but still. This is going to be popular with fans of the KSG, and those who didn’t like the fat bottom of the doubled tube on the originals.
If you want something smaller, lighter, and with 26 more rounds, you might like the CP33. This is a quad-stack .22 LR. The gun is built for competition, and the 33 round mag ensures that you won’t run dry too quickly.
The Maxim PDX
There’s a newcomer to the SBR category. Maxim, a company known for their PDW stocks, is making new PDW. This one will come in 5.56 and in 7.62×39.
It is certainly compact. But the paperwork! Will they make bring a pistol brace, too?
We’ll have more as SHOT Show gets closer. We’ll be putting videos up on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned. In the meantime, what do you want to see? What do you want to see more of?
What do you suppose they’ll have for us at SHOT Show 2020?
David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. David is a former backcountry guide in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Boundary Waters Canoe Area who was a college professor for 20 years. He ultimately left behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry and was (among other editorial positions) the Managing Editor for a nascent Mag Life blog. In that Higginbotham helped establish The Maglife’s tone and secure its early success. Though he went on to an even more practical firearms industry profession still, he continues to contribute articles and op-eds as time and life allow.