The Best New Handguns In 2022

If there’s a term that can describe the industry’s focus in the past year, it’s “supply chain issues.” These range from the availability and cost of raw materials and parts to building sufficient firearms to maintain inventory at the retail level. That’s one reason retailers saw so few new products released in 2021. It’s difficult to stop or reduce production of core products to begin production of a new firearm when demand is so high for existing products. But in 2022, retailers will begin to see more new models hit the market. Many of these will be line extensions, but there are a few surprises that should whet the appetite of your customers. Here are some of the highlights.

American Tactical

When introduced in 2020, the American Tactical FXH-45 Moxie boasted a patented polymer frame with two metal inserts for added stability and durability. It also featured a 4140 steel slide with a Parkerized finish. The frame was built to have an ergonomic feel with built-in finger grooves. For 2022, this model will be joined by the new, slightly smaller FXH Moxie 1911 Commander in .45 ACP. The polymer frame has black polymer grips, and the slide is phosphate finished. Comes with one eight-round magazine and front and rear sights. Barrel length is 4.25 inches and weight is 1.2 pounds without the magazine. Available in black or FDE. SRP: $459.95. Booth #72405

Bond Arms

A leader in the derringer space, Bond Arms has found success with an economical interpretation of an existing design. The Roughneck series of derringers are similar in appearance to the well-known Bond Arms Backup models, but are more affordable. For 2022, the Roughneck will be available in a recoil-friendly .380 ACP. The very concealable gun has a barrel length of only 2.5 inches. SRP: $269. Booth #72617

Cabot Guns

A boutique 1911 manufacturer known for memorable handguns, Cabot Guns is adding the new Apocalypse model to its list of exclusive hardware. This 1911 is built as a dedicated self-defense gun. A Damascus finish on the deeply etched steel slide ensures that each Apocalypse pistol has a unique appearance. Buyers can select a Government or Commander size and opt for 9mm or .45 ACP chambering, a standard or threaded barrel, and standard- or suppressor-height sights. Cabot has engineered a low-set optics mount that allows for a solid optics mount that accommodates a lower-third co-witness with the standard sights. There is a 12- to 18-month waiting period for this made-to-order firearm. Every Cabot Gun carries a sub-1.5-inch group at 25 yards accuracy guarantee. SRP: starts at $7,495. Booth #41807


Competition-specialized pistol line extensions are on trend, and CZ-USA is no exception with the P-10 F, the latest addition to the popular P-10 striker-fired handgun series. The P-10 F is made for fast, flat shooting, with a long slide that has numerous lightening cuts. Apex Tactical components are featured heavily throughout the P-10 F, and CZ adopted its extended magazine catch, extended slide stop, and back-slide cover to the new model. The trigger is sourced from HB Industries. Gold-tone accents are found on the barrel, trigger and magazine base. SRP: $999. Booth #12654

Heckler & Koch

A new Heckler & Koch MP5 .22LR pistol clone is chambered in .22 LR. It has a blowback-style action fed by a 10- or 25-round magazine. The barrel is 8.5 inches long. In essence, it’s a fully functional submachine pistol, like the MP5/SP5 with a buttcap. SRP: $479. Booth #12227


The Mossberg MC2sc, a subcompact version of the MC2, follows the popular trend of robust capacity (11+1 or 14+1) for concealment-friendly, polymer-frame, striker-fired guns. The slide is stainless steel with a black DLC finish, and the barrel is 3.4 inches long. The three-dot sight system is snag-free but ready for co-witness with compatible optics. Optional equipment includes Truglo tritium sights and a crossbolt safety. Ten-round magazine packages are also offered. SRP: $556. Booth #12832

Rock River Arms

Though the Rock River Arms STK 100 striker-fired 9mm uses the same 17-round mag as a Glock 17, it’s the only aluminum-frame striker pistol on the market. Like many other recent releases, this one has a long slide over a 4.5-inch barrel and is marketed as a competition gun. It has a black anodized finish, and the low bore axis, fairly straight grip angle, integral beavertail and large lightening cuts of the STK 100 make for a flat-shooting platform. SRP: $599. Booth #75102


The American subsidiary of longtime Turkish weapons manufacturer Sarsilmaz, SAR USA, is releasing the SAR9 Compact. As the name implies, this is a compact version of the company’s popular full-size SAR9 pistol, chambered in 9mm Luger. The striker-fired, polymer-frame gun ships with 15-round magazines (10-round mags are offered for restrictive jurisdictions). Three choices of interchangeable backstrap/side panels are included. Components include a hammer-forged barrel with recessed crown and a black oxide slide. There is also a stainless-steel slide option. The SAR9 design has a low bore axis for recoil minimization. SRP: $452, black; $484, stainless. Booth #12838. Gun Show

SCCY Firearms

The SCCY Firearms DVG-1 is a striker-fired pistol chambered in 9mm Luger. It utilizes the Roebuck Quadlock Barrel System and has 10+1 capacity, all in a sub-compact footprint made for everyday carry. Additional features include forward slide serrations for ease of manipulation, a flat 5.5-pound trigger with minimal pre/post travel, a common sight cut, and an enhanced grip texture. SRP: $299.99; $399.99, with red-dot sight. Booth #70813

Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory has one of the season’s biggest surprises. The SA-35 is a new, more modern interpretation of John Browning’s acclaimed Hi Power design. This version retains the iconic wood-and-steel appearance of the original, but capacity is now more robust, at 15 rounds of 9mm. It boasts a factory-tuned trigger, a reconfigured hammer that’s less likely to “bite,” modern sights, an extended slide safety, and beveled magazine well. The gun also has checkered walnut grips for a classic appearance. SRP: $699.

Also new are optics-ready variants of the subcompact XD-S Mod.2. With “OSP” added to the name, the new models are chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP. A pre-milled slide accommodates a Crimson Trace micro red-dot sight. Both have the grip safety and ambidextrous magazine release featured on other guns in the XD Mod.2 line. The .45 ACP model has a 3.3-inch barrel; the 9mm has a 4-inch barrel. Two magazines are included: one flush-fit and one extended. Capacity is 7+1, 9+1 for the 9mm. In .45 ACP, the mags hold five or six rounds. SRP: $425-550, depending on chambering and optic option. Booth #70443

Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson is adding a 10mm model to its M&P M2.0 line. Features include a new flat-face trigger design as well as an optics cut slide with the C.O.R.E. system that enables users to mount a variety of popular optics. The 10mm will be available with or without an ambidextrous manual thumb safety, four interchangeable palm-swell grip inserts, and enhanced grip texture to help manage recoil.
Smith & Wesson will also offer a shorter 4-inch configuration to allow for quicker clearance of a holster and a slightly longer 4.6-inch configuration to provide for a longer sight radius. The handgun has a 15+1 capacity and ships with two magazines. SRP: $654-$665. Gun Show

Also new for 2022, the CSX Metal Micro 9mm features 12+1 capacity. A hammer-fired design with a 3.1-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.1 inches, the CSX also has a flat-faced trigger with an integrated safety that provides a smooth, crisp single-action trigger squeeze. The new Shield Plus 30 Super Carry and the Shield EZ 30 Super Carry take advantage of Federal’s new 30 Super Carry ammo. With the new 30 Super Carry round, both platforms gain an additional two rounds of capacity while maintaining the same performance of the 9mm. Booth #12427

Taurus USA

Taurus‘ most popular personal-defense revolver, the 856, will now be chambered for the .327 Federal. The .327 Federal Magnum is one of the “dark horse” cartridges in the personal defense world. Based on a lengthened .32 H&R Magnum cartridge case, the .327 Federal Magnum exceeds the performance of its parent cartridge with velocity pushing toward the .357 Magnum range without the heavy perceived recoil pulse.

The new Taurus 327 is a double-action/single-action, two-inch-barrel firearm that is multi-cartridge compatible, able to accept .32 H&R Magnum and .32 S&W Long cartridges. The matte-black carbon-steel or stainless-steel barrel, cylinder and frame are backed by a recoil-absorbing, comfortable rubber grip that provides excellent retention in a compact handgun platform. The Taurus 327’s front, serrated ramp sight and no-snag rear sight channel provide quick and clear target acquisition supported by consistent accuracy. SRP: $371.05, black; $388.32, stainless. Booth #13038


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