Heckler & Koch is right at home producing polymer-framed pistols, after all, the German manufacturer is credited with introducing the first one in 1970 with the VP70—although most erroneously credit Glock, which entered the market 12 years later. And if you think H&K isn’t catering enough to the U.S. consumer, the fact that the gun maker is building a factory in the U.S.—Columbus, Ga., to be exact—is one sure indication that they are serious about making pistols for the American defensive handgun market. A great example can be found in its new VP9SK, the 9 mm sub-compact version of the VP9 pistol that was introduced in 2014 and took home American Rifleman‘s Golden Bullseye for Handgun of the Year. Ideal for concealed carry, the pistol is packed with ergonomic features that make it adaptable to most any shooter, male or female. In fact, in a recent American Rifleman survey of nearly three dozen women, the HK VP9SK placed in the top five favorites of 24 pistols fired. Learn much more about out NRA Gun of the Week in this video hosted by Joe Kurtenbach.
The Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader from Caldwell Shooting Supplies replaces the process of thumbing rounds into a magazine with a simple squeeze. Two rotating lugs and a rear tensioning screw facilitate a snug fit for magazines big or small, single- or double-stack, designed for cartridges from 9 mm Luger to .45 ACP—and most .380s. After dropping a fresh round in to the loading port, a squeeze of the lever will lift it into the magazine’s feed lips, and then fully seat the round by pressing it to the rear.
Hornady has expanded its Critical Defense ammunition line by bringing in new rifle calibers to the personal-defense oriented product lineup. The new chamberings include two options in .223 Rem., one loaded with a 55-gr. bullet and the other loaded with a 73-gr. bullet. The other addition in .308 Win. provides users with a 155-gr. bullet.
The combat legend of the Thompson submachine gun did not end in 1945. Large numbers of “tommy guns” remained in U.S. arsenals, and the Thompson retained its classification as “Limited Standard” or “Substitute Standard” well into the 1950s, long after the M3A1 “Grease Gun” was named as the standard U.S. submachine gun. Thompsons were back in action with American troops during the Korean War, 1950-1953. More action was still to come.
Taurus has announced the 692 Multi-Caliber revolver, capable of changing calibers from .38 Spl. +P/.357 Mag. to 9 mm Luger with a simple swap of the cylinder. Available in two barrel lengths—3” for everyday carry and 6.5” for home defense—both have a seven-round capacity.
Smith & Wesson will showcase its latest M&P pistol and rifle introductions at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Firearm introductions include the new M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols with threaded barrels, as well as the new M&P15-22 SPORT in Blue Platinum Finish. The company will also feature its latest expansions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield M2.0, M&P Shield M2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace Red and Green Laser, and the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol.