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Half marathon of guns and gear at SHOT Show: Uzis, Rugers, and more

Allison Barrie

 (Allison Barrie)

12.5 miles of guns and gear at SHOT Show in Las Vegas means gun options galore.

If you want a first look at all the new handguns for 2015, then SHOT is the place to go. At each SHOT, companies do big reveals of their new pistols and revolvers – this year was no exception.

IWI, Ruger and Dan Wesson unveiled new handguns that professionals were wading through the vast aisles on the floor to give a look.

Here’s the scoop on the new Uzi PRO, Lightweight Commander, Silverback and more. 

UZI PRO & UZI PRO SB pistols

Israel Weapon Industries is probably best known for its wildly popular 9mm UZI sub-machine gun.

IWI brought two new handguns to SHOT: the UZI PRO Pistol and UZI PRO Pistol SB.

They’re the latest in the UZI SMG evolution and UZI PRO is designed to carry on the legacy of providing robust, reliable platforms.

The UZI PRO is a 9mm Luger Parabellum with an integrated magazine release button for easy and rapid magazine changes.

The barrel length is 4.5 inches with an overall length of 9.5 inches. It weighs 3.66 pounds.

It has an advanced polymer pistol grip and the cocking handle is located on the receiver side. There’s a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover and a short Picatinny rail below the barrel for additional accessories.

The new UZI PRO and UZI PRO SB incorporate three safety mechanisms: a conventional manual thumb safety; a proven grip safety requiring complete depression before the gun can be cocked and fired; and a firing pin block.

Maintenance is straightforward and does not require any special tools.

In the U.S., purchasers will have two options: the basic UZI PRO pistol or the UZI PRO SB pistol plus a side-folding Stabilizing Brace, custom designed and produced only for IWI US by SB Tactical. Its side-folding requires minimum storage space.

SB Tactical produced the original SB15 and SB47 Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Stabilizing braces can enhance stability, control, and accuracy.

These pistols will be available for around $1,109 to $1,309, depending on the model.

Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander and LCP Custom Pistol

Ruger unveiled its new SR1911 .45 caliber pistol, dubbed the Lightweight Commander -- as its name suggests it is indeed lighter than Ruger’s Commander.

It has an anodized aluminum frame instead of the Commander’s stainless one, which helps reduce the weight by more than seven ounces to 29.3 ounces.

A Series 70 design, it has a stainless steel barrel, polished titanium feed ramp and hardwood stock. It also has an extended mag release button, extended thumb and three-dot sights with a Novak LoMount Carry rear.

It will be available for about $899.

Ruger also introduced a new flat, light .380 pistol to the LCP line at SHOT this year. The LCP Custom has an aluminum skeletonized trigger and larger sights.

A good choice for lower light environments, its new front sight absorbs light.

It will be available for about $419.

.45 and 10mm Dan Wesson Silverback pistols 

Dan Wesson revealed the Silverback, 911-style pistols chambered in both .45 ACP and 10mm, at SHOT.

The two toned single-action Silverback has a polished black finish, trigger, and safety as well as a slide and skeletonized hammer in stainless silver.

Silverback incorporates a G10 stock, thumb and grip safeties and fully adjustable tritium target sights

It has a 5-inch barrel. Both the .45ACP and 10mm calibers weigh in at 39 ounces.

The .45 ACP will be available for about $1,883 while the 10mm will set you back approximately $2,064.

Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter @Allison_Barrie.


Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries who consults at the highest levels of defense and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, on sale in 30 countries.  Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”  where she gives listeners direct access to the most fascinating Special Operations warriors each week and to find out more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist you can click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.