Concerned about personal protection?
For folks looking for an everyday concealed carry weapon for self-defense, a number of new choices made their debut at the annual SHOT Show this week.
Here’s a look at four new concealed carry guns revealed this week.
Walther PPS M2 in 9mm
James Bond carried Walther-made handguns … and for civilians who need a serious concealed carry option, the company has taken the highly popular PPS Classic and taken it to the next level.
Very slim at one-inch wide, the Walther PPS M2 in 9mm is also extremely lightweight at 21.1 ounces when empty. It is 6.3-inches long and a mere 4.4-inches high with the shortest magazine in place.
Accurate, comfortable and easy to conceal … three key criteria for daily carry that the PPS M2 has in spades. Details like rounded contours aid snag-free draw.
Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, there’s a smooth, light 6.1 pound trigger pull. The grip has a non-slip surface. The push-button magazine release is designed to be more intuitive than the PPS and there are three magazine options: six, seven and eight-round.
A law enforcement version, the PPS M2 9mm LE Edition, will come equipped with phosphoric sights and three magazines.
Kimber K6s Revolver
Kimber Mfg. Inc. has created an answer for folks looking for a new concealed carry in a small frame, lightweight, comfortable wheel gun.
Unveiled this week, the K6 is a new six-round .357 Magnum revolver.
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Weighing in at a tiny 23 ounces, this revolver packs a whole lot of engineering into a very compact package machined in stainless steel. The K6 is 4.46-inches high and 6.62-inches long with a two-inch long barrel. Aiding a discreet carry, the width is narrow with a 1.39-inch cylinder diameter.
The rubber grip is designed for secure handling and the trigger has a 9.5 to 10.5 pound pull.
To help reduce snagging when quick drawing from a concealed position, the internal hammer and edges are rounded.
The Kimber K6s will be rolled out initially in 2016 as three models; the K6s Stainless, K6s Stainless (LG) and a Limited K6s First Edition.
Colt Lightweight Commander
Fan of the 1911? Then Colt’s enhanced Lightweight Commander, debuting at SHOT, is a great concealed carry option.
The new gun is lighter and shorter than the Commander designed for government users.
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Like the Combat Commander, it has a 4.25-inch barrel. There’s a black anodized aluminum frame, blued carbon steel slide, custom Colt G10 grips and Colt’s Dual Spring Recoil System.
The Lightweight Commander will become available in both a .45 ACP model with an eight-round magazine capacity and the 9mm that holds 9 rounds.
New features include a skeletonized trigger and extended safety lever. Colt also introduced Novak sights and a beavertail grip safety.
The new gun is expected to retail for approximately $949.
The PX4 Compact Carry, also revealed at SHOT Show, takes the Beretta 9mm PX4 Storm Compact to another level.
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The trigger, the grips and even the night sights are enhanced. For improved concealment, the gun is narrower. The safety levers and slide stop are more low vis.
To enhance handling, the grips are Talon wrap around, the trigger pull is enhanced and there’s a bigger magazine release button.
While the price hasn’t been set yet, it is expected to become available to consumers this year.
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.