Best New Handguns of 2020

This year, retailers can expect to see more handguns specifically crafted for the concealed carry market

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America has solidly become a concealed-carry nation. And, as with past years, the new handgun offerings from major manufacturers continue to support that lifestyle because consumers want dependable, reliable handguns they can carry every day. For 2020, retailers can expect to see more handguns specifically crafted for this market.

CMMG

CMMG is finally introducing the highly anticipated 10mm Banshee with its patent-pending Radial Delayed Blowback operating system and Last-Round Bolt Hold Open feature. This operating system incorporates a mechanical delay that forces the bolt to rotate. This momentarily slows the bolt carrier group, which allows chamber pressures to fall before cycling. The 10mm Banshee will be offered with an 8-inch barrel and weighs in at 5 pounds 9 ounces. Overall length is 24.3 inches. One 30-round factory SGM Tactical 10mm magazine ships with the firearm. There will be three versions of the pistol and three versions of the SBR. SRP: $1,299.95 to $1,649.95. (cmmginc.com)

Colt King Cobra Target Double-Action
Colt
The King Cobra Target Double-Action adapts the powerful .357 Magnum King Cobra Revolver to the competitive range.
Colt

Colt’s Manufacturing Co.

The King Cobra Target has been engineered to adapt the powerful .357 Magnum King Cobra revolver to the competitive range. Featuring a 4¼-inch barrel, an adjustable rear sight, an elevated fiber-optic front sight, and a custom wood medallion grip, the King Cobra Target is the third model in Colt’s reimagined King Cobra series. It should be perfect for competing in local compact pistol matches. This new double-action addition to the Cobra line weighs 36 ounces. SRP: $999.

Colt King Cobra Carry
Colt
The King Cobra Carry has a heavy-duty frame, stainless construction, and overmolded grips.
Colt

The King Cobra Carry has been reincarnated as the six-shot .357 Magnum big brother of the Colt Cobra Double Action revolver. This double- action-only (DAO) revolver, with its bobbed hammer and 2-inch barrel, should make an excellent everyday-carry gun for those who want to pack as much punch as possible on their hip. The King Cobra Carry weighs 26 ounces and sports a heavy-duty frame and brushed stainless-steel construction, and comes standard with Hogue overmolded grips. SRP: $899. (colt.com)

CZ-USA handguns
CZ-USA
Limited Edition CZ 75 (left). The crisp trigger on the CZ Shadow 2 (right) will interest target shooters.
CZ-USA

CZ-USA

It’s hard to believe the iconic CZ 75 pistol is 45 years old. To celebrate, CZ will be offering 1,000 limited-edition engraved anniversary pistols. They will have a high-gloss blued finish and deep engraving on the slide and frame. A set of wooden grips embellished with matching engravings paired with glossy silver controls create contrast while a set of tritium night sights top it all off. SRP: $1,720.

For target shooters who seek out the best triggers possible, a new variant of the CZ Shadow 2 has a single-action-only trigger. While not legal for USPSA Production Division, the lighter, crisper, SA trigger gives the target-shooting enthusiast the ability to punch paper with precision. Finished in black and with a set of blue aluminum grips, it’s a striking pistol that’s a joy to shoot. SRP: $1,349. (cz-usa.com)

Dan Wesson DWX
Dan Wesson
The DWX accommodates double-stack magazines to boost capacity. It is available in both standard- and compact-size versions.
Dan Wesson

Dan Wesson

Designed initially for competition, the DWX has evolved into much more, with both full-size and compact variants. Its locked breech-barrel system is simple, ditching the standard 1911 link system in favor of the CZ-style takedown via the slide stop. Double-stack magazines boost capacity, and sights are easily customized. With the grip angle and contours that have made the CZ 75 a stand-out in the realm of pistol ergonomics, the DWX is a natural fit for most hands. The full-size DWX uses standard CZ 75 grips, while the compact DWX uses those from a 75 Compact. With so many ways to tune and customize, the DWX is sure to shine in USPSA Limited Division. Full-size DWX pistols use a magazine based on the P-09/P-10 F; compact variants use that of a 75 Compact. SRP: $1,799.

Kicking off what Dan Wesson plans to be a regular series of limited editions, the Heirloom is a piece of art. Instead of standard finishes, the frame sports gorgeous color-case hardening. An ornately engraved slide sits atop the frame, with ample scrollwork and minimal text in the typical Dan Wesson fashion. The frontstrap and backstrap are checkered (25 LPI) for the ideal amount of grip, and a set of smooth French walnut grips provide a beautiful contrast. A classy set of sights are perched on the round-top slide, with a serrated U-notch in the rear and a brass bead out front. SRP: $2,380

The Valor is the long-time flagship of the Dan Wesson line. This pistol now features a Stan Chen SI magwell, tapered grips, and a tactical ambidextrous safety. Dan Wesson’s new-style slide stop is recessed, allowing for the use of laser grip panels. Sitting atop the slide are a serrated U-notch rear sight and a front tritium sight with a large orange ring. The stainless-steel slide and frame can be had in a bead-blasted or black duty-coat finish. SRP: $1,864 to $2,181.

The V-Bob is Valor’s little brother. It is a Commander-size variant with a bobbed mainspring housing, which makes it an ideal concealed-carry piece. It has a set of tapered grips and a tactical ambidextrous safety. SRP: $1,851 to $2,103.

The Dan Wesson Specialist has received a facelift for 2020. It features Dan Wesson’s new-style light-rail frame as well as forward cocking serrations. In addition, the inset slide serrations reduce glare between the sights. The result of law-enforcement agencies asking Dan Wesson to build more reliable and durable 1911s for duty use, the Specialist includes all of their requests in one package. The features that make it an ideal pistol for law enforcement also make it perfect for personal defense. Available in 9mm, 10mm, and .45 Auto. SRP: $1,732 to $2,115.

Building on one of Dan Wesson’s longest-lived models, the Heritage II is a Government-sized pistol with classic good looks. It has polished flats and cocobolo grips that make it stand out, and the 25 LPI frontstrap and backstrap checkering plant it in the hand without being too aggressive. A front fiber-optic sight glows brightly in daylight, and its 5-inch match barrel makes it a joy to shoot. SRP: $1,586. (danwessonfirearms.com)

FN 509 Compact MRD
FN
The FN 509 Compact MRD is a striker-fired 9mm that packs a full-size punch in a compact, optics-ready package.
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FN

With FN’s patented Low-Profile Optics Mounting System combined with the unparalleled modularity of the FN 509 platform, the FN 509 Compact MRD packs a full-size punch in a compact, optics-ready package. This striker-fired 9mm pistol has a 3.7-inch barrel. It also has, as a standard feature, a 12+1 capacity, with the capability to accept all higher-capacity FN 509 magazines. The optics-mounting system accepts nearly all commercially available miniature red-dot optics and features blackout iron sights that co-witness. The improved controls aid in manipulation, the improved texturing on the two included backstraps provides better recoil management, and a new flatter-faced trigger allows for a more controllable trigger press and cleaner break. With an overall length of only 6.8 inches and an unloaded weight of 25.5 ounces, this is a fantastic compact fighting pistol. (fnamerica.com)

Mossberg MC15C
Mossberg
The MC15C is now available in a bead-blasted, stainless-steel, two-tone version. Chambered for the 9mm, it has standard and cross-bolt safety frame versions.
Mossberg

Mossberg

Mossberg is now offering the MC1SC pistol in a stainless two-tone version. Chambered for the 9mm, it will be available in standard and cross-bolt safety-frame versions. The MC1SC Stainless Two-Tone features a bead-blasted stainless-steel slide over a matte-black polymer frame. The slide features aggressive multi-angle serrations that provide positive slide manipulation and is topped with dovetail-mounted, low-profile, white three-dot sights. The durable frame is glass-reinforced, which provides high-impact and chemical resistance, and the 3.4-inch barrel features a black DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) finish. SRP: $421. Flat dark earth versions of the MC1SC line will come in the same variations as the standard black version, with the exception of the laser-equipped option. SRP: $421. (mossberg.com)

Nighthawk Fire Hawk
Nighthawk
The Fire Hawk's bull-nosed compensator allows for a cleaner draw and holstering.
Nighthawk

Nighthawk Custom

There are three new 1911s from Nighthawk Custom: the Thunder Ranch Edition, the Counselor, and the Fire Hawk. The Thunder Ranch pistol is a unique collaboration between two legendary companies. Nighthawk Custom is well known for building excellent 1911 pistols using its “One Gun, One Gunsmith” approach, and Thunder Ranch, led by Clint Smith, has been a popular firearms-training facility for more than 25 years. Smith selected Nighthawk to build his ideal pistol, which features newly designed front and rear cocking serrations, a lanyard-loop mainspring housing, a GI-style nub thumb safety, custom engraving, and a gold-bead front sight. The gun is finished with a unique smoked nitride finish and green linen/micarta scales.

The Counselor is a 9mm, 3.5-inch-barreled 1911 Officer model. It is based on a shortened, lightweight aluminum frame, complete with an aluminum mainspring housing and grip safety. Nighthawk added its new bobbed concealment beavertail and hammer, and the gun has an 8+1 capacity. It also sports a new slide design. Most importantly, though, the Counselor features a patent-pending flush-fit magwell. This combination of a small, light (27.9 ounces) gun with a magwell is ideal for concealed carry.

By combining a recoil-taming single-port compensator, a bull barrel, and a full-length guide rod that adds weight to the front of the pistol to reduce muzzle rise, a Commander-length spring and reverse plug, Nighthawk Custom has maintained the standard stroke of a 5-inch 1911 for reliability. The Fire Hawk has a lightened slide that reduces reciprocating mass and delivers flat-shooting performance without increased size. The bull-nosed compensator allows for a cleaner draw and holstering while still maintaining an edgy, aggressive look. The Fire Hawk is available in 9mm, .45 Auto, and 10mm. (nighthawkcustom.com)

Remington 700 Chassis Pistol
Remington
The Remington 700 Chassis Pistol, built on the famed Model 700 Action, is now chambered for .300 Blackout. It also has an M-LOK-adaptable-free-float tube.
Remington

Remington

The Remington 700 Chassis Pistol essentially lives in a class all by its lonesome; the truth is, it has no competition. Those looking for a dedicated hunting handgun or for a handgun they can use for long-range shooting should look no further. For 2020, Remington has increased the options available for the 700 CP. For starters, it’s offering a version chambered for the .300 Blackout that comes with an arm brace. Like all 700 CP pistols, it features the famous Remington 700 action, an M-Lok-adaptable free-float tube, and a 10.5-inch threaded barrel. SRP: $1,169. The same 700 CP is also available with a threaded 12.5-inch barrel chambered for the .308 Winchester or 6.5 Creedmoor at the same price. (remington.com)

SAR USA

The SAR 9x19mm striker-fired pistol features a 4.5-inch hammer-forged barrel with recessed crown for increased accuracy, three-dot sights with an optics-ready mount, interchangeable backstraps and sideplates, and a black-oxide slide. It comes standard with 17- and 19-round magazines. The lightweight, polymer-framed, striker-fired 9mm SAR 9X is designed to point naturally. In addition, the low barrel axis helps lessen muzzle climb, allowing the user to quickly get set for a follow-up shot.

Offered in single-/double-action, the SAR 2000 line of 9x19mm pistols has been used by the military and law enforcement agencies around the world. The SAR 2000 features a 4.5-inch hammer-forged barrel with a recessed crown for increased accuracy. Other features include an ergonomic trigger guard, a Picatinny rail, a dovetail rear sight, and a changeable front sight. Users have a choice of two 10-round or two 17-round magazines. (sarusa.com)

Sig Sauer P365 SAS
Sig Sauer
The P365 SAS is a polymer, striker-fired 9mm pistol with a nitron finish.
Sig Sauer

SIG Sauer

SIG Sauer is rolling out a new innovation to the award-winning, everyday-carry, high-capacity P365 pistol. The P365 SAS (SIG Anti-Snag) removes snag points by integrating the flush-mounted FT Bullseye fiber-tritium night sight directly into the slide. Other features of this polymer, striker-fired, 9mm Nitron-finish pistol include flat controls, a ported slide and barrel for less muzzle flip, and a double-stack, 10-round standard-capacity magazine. It ships with one 10-round magazine and one 10-round extended magazine. Twelve-round and 15-round magazines are available.

The M400 Tread pistol is a premium entry-level rifle-cartridge pistol that’s fully compatible with existing Tread-branded accessories. It is an optics-ready aluminum-framed pistol chambered for 5.56 NATO that features an 11.5-inch nitride-coated, cold-hammer-forged barrel with a free-floating M-Lok handguard, a polished single-stage trigger, ambidextrous controls, a KAK Industry Shockwave Blade 2.0 brace, and a carbine-length gas system. It weighs 6 pounds and has an overall length of 27 inches.

Continuing to redefine the expectations for everyday carry, the new P365 XL combines the capacity, control, and shootability of a full-size pistol with the concealability of a micro-compact. The 9mm striker-fired pistol features the P365 grip module, an integrated carry magwell, an extended beavertail, and a flat trigger with a 90-degree break. The 3.7-inch barrel helps increase accuracy. The optics-ready slide is compatible with the new SIG Sauer Electro-Optics ROMEOZero and RMSc Optics. It comes equipped with X-RAY3 day/night sights.

The P320 Xfive features the exclusive TXG grip module developed by SIG engineers using a patent-pending process that infuses tungsten into the polymer material to provide the weight of steel with the flex of polymer. In addition, this is the first striker-fired pistol to be introduced to the Legion Series of pistols. The Xfive is a 9mm pistol with a 5-inch match-grade bull barrel and a lightened, skeletonized trigger. The recoil assembly has been upgraded to include a one-piece stainless-steel guide rod and a 14-pound 1911-style spring, plus an extra 12-pound spring. This allows the user to easily adjust the recoil spring for a customized shooting experience. The pistol is optics-ready and weighs 43.5 ounces.

With a history that dates back to 1949, the P210 was the combat handgun for the Swiss military and is regarded as one of the most reliable and accurate firearms in the world. The new American-made P210 Standard features modern improvements at a price point that will allow more consumers to enjoy this timeless pistol. The P210 is a 9mm hammer-fired pistol with a precision-machined stainless-steel slide and frame. It features iron sights, upgraded ergonomic controls (including a relocated manual thumb safety for easier accessibility), a target-grade trigger, custom walnut grips, a side magazine release, and improved beavertail. It comes standard with two 8-round magazines. (sigsauer.com)

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Subcompact
Smith & Wesson
The M&P M2.0 Subcompact is ideal for concealed carry.
Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson

The latest addition to the M2.0 family, the M&P M2.0 Subcompact features a smaller, subcompact frame that’s ideal for concealed carry for law enforcement or civilian use. With a 12+1 capacity in 9mm, the M&P M2.0 Subcompact series includes the full array of M&P M2.0 enhancements. Available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto. SRP: $569. (smith-wesson.com)

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