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Hi Point Changes Up Their Pistol Line. Finally.

Aside from being big, bulky, heavy, and ugly (all true), one of the main beefs that people have with the budget-friendly firearm brand HiPoint is the low capacity (also true). Their line of pistols and pistol caliber carbines have always featured a limited capacity single stack magazine despite the wide grips. That changes now.

For two decades, the Model C9 – a blowback operated polymer-framed 9mm  pistol with Zamak slide – has been the company’s flagship handgun. Throughout that time, the Hi-Point product line has seen precious few changes aside from the addition of new calibers and cosmetic features. This includes the stock flush-fit 8-round magazine capacity that C9 owners have always been limited by.

At SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, the Ohio-based company introduced their latest pistol offering – a higher capacity 9mm with a few new features that will be appreciated by those who don’t immediately turn up their nose at the inexpensive firearms. Hi-Point is quick to point out that the new handgun is not just a tweaked version of their existing pistols but, rather, is an entirely new firearm with a more contemporary design that they say will stick with the company’s affordable pricing structure.

Currently in what they are calling a “stealth prototype” phase, the company had 3D printed rapid prototypes on display in their booth to demonstrate the size and features of the new pistol, which boasts a higher capacity magazine, threaded barrel, improved slide and grip geometry.   Continue reading

Henry Repeating Arms Chosen as First Cody Firearms Museum Collector’s Series Offering

L to R: David Miles, Baron Engraving; Ashley Hlebinsky, Cody Firearms Museum; Bryan Tucker, Davidson’s

The Cody Firearms Museum boasts the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world, and their new Collector’s Series gives the public the opportunity to own collectible firearms inspired by prized pieces in their collection. The first offering of the series is a unique rifle built on the award-winning Golden Boy platform manufactured by Henry Repeating Arms, engraved by Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT, and distributed by Davidson’s of Prescott, AZ.

The engraving is based on a Samuel Hoggson factory engraved 1860’s era Henry rifle that is currently held in the Cody Firearms Museum. Both sides of the receiver cover are embellished with a large grape leaf motif on the front panel and a leafy scroll pattern on the main panel. The top tang of the receiver is engraved with the words, “Cody Firearms Museum Collectors Series.” The Golden Boy platform utilizes American Walnut furniture and a blued steel octagonal barrel in homage to the original Henry rifle that came before it. The 1,000 rifles in the initial offering will be serialized 2019CFM0001 – 2019CFM1000.

Henry Repeating Arms, Baron Engraving and Davidson’s, the exclusive distributor of this series, have joined together to help raise money for the exhibit with each company contributing a portion of the proceeds from this project to support the revitalization of the Cody Firearms Museum. The combined efforts of the three donors will raise more than $100,000 for the Cody Firearms Museum in 2019. In addition, Henry donated a New Original Henry rifle that will be hand engraved by Baron which is expected to raise up to $50,000 more at auction. Davidson’s has also committed to an annual $50,000 donation for the next 5 years.

Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms says, “The Cody Firearms Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in firearms or American history. It’s truly an astonishing collection and we’re very proud that we’re able to be a part of this new Collector’s Series.” Imperato continues, “Firearms play such an integral role in our nation’s history and anything we’re going to jump at any opportunity to ensure that this collection stays around for more generations to enjoy.”

The rifles will be available to retailers exclusively through Davidson’s and will also be available to the public at Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.

Range Time with Mossberg’s Centennial Gift to the Shooting: The Company’s First Pistol in 100 Years

To celebrate their 100th year in business, Mossberg is releasing a new pistol, only their second in the company’s history.

Don’t feel bad if you are unfamiliar with the shotgun powerhouse’s first foray into handguns. The Mossberg Brownie was the company’s very first firearm – a four-barreled .22 caliber pistol marketed toward hunters and trappers – was only produced from 1919 to 1932, during which it sold for a mere $5.

The prodigal pistol producer’s latest handgun, dubbed the Mossberg Carry 1 Sub-Compact (MC1sc), is more on-point for one of the hottest market segments today: the sub-compact single stack 9mm carry gun. The GunLink team went hands-on with the MC1sc at SHOT Show 2019, including getting some trigger time with the new pistol during Industry Day at the Range the day before the show officially opened.

My first thought when Mossberg announced the new handgun was that they were late to an already crowded party. A party already attended by a pretty popular in-crowd, including the Glock 43, Smith & Wesson Shield, Springfield XDs, and the newer Sig Sauer P365. Stiff competition for a company with a sparse track record in the handgun arena. Good luck, Mossberg.

My first thoughts when we met the MC1sc at SHOT Range Day were that it was remarkably well executed and Mossberg has a real shot with this pistol.    Continue reading

SHOT Show Range Report: Glock’s Single Stack 9mm Pistols

The Glock G43x and G48 Make an Appearance at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range

The GunLink team was split on whether or not we would like the two new single stack offerings from Glock. On one hand, some of our team thought that the pistol giant was late to the game, as they often are, while others, particularly those of smaller stature, were excited for the simplicity and reliability of the platform in a form factor that would be easier for them to use.

After getting some trigger time on the new models, they seem to make a bit more sense.

A couple members of the GunLink team got to put some rounds down range through three of Glock’s newest pistols – the new 43X and 48, as well as the G45 (a G19 slide on a G17 grip… but now available in BLACK!!) that has been around for a few months.  Continue reading

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2019

In the desert nearly an hour outside of Las Vegas, the cool air is filled with the smell of diesel exhaust and the sound of gunfire. Lots of gunfire. Like, really… a LOT of gunfire.

It isn’t some wild west shootout and, although there will be pistols at noon, they’ll be rattling off shots all day – along with rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and a whole lot more. Welcome to the 2019 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range.

As they do every year on the day before the NSSF Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades Show – the industry’s annual B2B expo – oficially opens its doors, nearly 200 vendors and exhibitors meet at shooting range in Boulder City to host invited media and industry buyers.  Those in attendance braved the biting wind, easily 15mph all day long, to see industry leaders showcase the latest and greatest hardware that their companies have to offer.  Not just to see new guns – but also to shoot them.

Given the political climate several years ago, it seemed as if a lot of firearms R&D had slowed down – perhaps for fear of increased regulation. The relentless attack on 2A rights has not let up in the latest election cycles and, when we saw that a couple familiar names were absent at Range Day, we worried that, instead of innovation, we might just find new lipstick on old pigs. While there was some of that – the same firearm lines with addition of new calibers or colors – we were treated to a few interesting items.

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FN 509 Series of Striker-Fired Pistols Expands with New, Midsize Carry Model and Color Offerings

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the FN 509® Midsize, a new carry option in the FN 509 series of striker-fired pistols. Additionally, the FN 509 Tactical is now available in a matte black finish. These line extensions further FN’s commitment to offering a full line of options in the FN 509 series that meets all customer expectations.

What truly sets FN products apart is the quality. When customers pick up the FN 509 in comparison to other striker-fired 9mm’s, they instantly notice the ergonomics, premium finishes and price point that is competitive,” noted Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “With the FN 509 Midsize and FN 509 Tactical in black, customers will now have four additional FN options in the 9mm striker-fired category to choose from. We believe that options are always a good thing and we’re proud to provide them to our loyal customer base.

The new FN 509 Midsize pistol is chambered in 9mm and features a four-inch slide and barrel, frame with shortened grip and 15- or 10-round magazine capacity, backward compatibility to higher capacity FN 509 magazines with use of a grip sleeve and fixed three-dot luminescent sights. From individuals seeking a do-it-all range, home defense and carry pistol to law enforcement use as a backup duty pistol or carry model for plainclothes officers, the FN 509 Midsize is the ideal solution.

The pistol also features various upgrades including new sculpting around the magazine release for easier activation, a flatter-faced trigger for a more controlled trigger press and improved slide stop lever and texturing. FN 509 Midsize MSRP $649.

The FN 509 Tactical, the industry’s leading optics-ready 9mm striker-fired pistol, is now available in a matte black finish. The pistol features the company’s patent-pending Low-Profile Optics Mounting System™ that enables the platform to accept more than ten commercially-available miniature red dot (MRD) optics that co-witness with the suppressor-height night sights and remain adaptable to future optics releases with no requirement of direct milling of the slide.

The slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, has raised sight wings that protect iron sight alignment if the pistol is dropped or jostled, and provides a textured ramp for racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot. An FN-signature 4.5-inch, cold hammer-forged, stainless-steel barrel with target crown, ½” x 28 threads that accept the bulk of 9mm suppressors available and thread cap with integrated O-ring to prevent loosening during use.

Lastly, the 24-round magazines, nearly identical in length to the pistol’s slide, maximize ammunition capacity without impacting carry convenience. FN 509 Tactical Black MSRP $1049.  These two new pistol offerings are available for purchase today through FN-authorized retailers and will be on display at the company’s 2019 SHOT Show® Booth, #13662, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22-25, 2019.

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