Victory and The American are two handguns new for 2016 and big reveals at SHOT Show.
Handguns are among the best selling firearms in the United States and every year a new innovative crop debuts at the behemoth annual industry event in Las Vegas.
Both Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co (known widely by the abbreviated “Ruger”) were attracting plenty of attention for the new pistols at SHOT Show. Meet The American and Victory.
Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory
The SW22 Victory had a big debut at SHOT Show drawing a lot of buzz.
The 9.2-inch single action pistol has a frame, bolt and barrel made of stainless steel with a Satin Stainless finish. A Kryptek Highlander camo finish is another option.
Weighing in at 36 ounces, Victory is 5.6 inches high with a width of 1.1 inches.
This gun is designed to be very user friendly and easy to take down. To disassemble, there is a single screw located under the barrel and forward of the trigger guard. Simply remove the screw and the gun easily comes apart to clean or to replace the barrel.
The textured polymer grip has finger cuts to aid magazine removal and there’s a user-adjustable trigger stop.
The front sight is green fiber optic while the rear sight is adjustable fiber optic.
To customize, a Picatinny rail is included that easily mounts on the pistol. It takes 10 round magazines and comes with two included.
In addition to the standard model, there is version with a 1/2-28 threaded barrel for adding a sound suppressor, as well as the Kryptek Highlander camouflage pattern version.
Victory is expected to retail for about $409. The two further variants will be priced about $20 to $50 more.
Ruger American Pistol
Ruger unveiled the American Pistol, developed with law enforcement and military experts to meet U.S. military standards. As the company’s tagline says “Anything else would be un-American.”
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This new striker-fired semi-automatic pistol is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP. The barrel is designed to be recoil reducing. The 9mm weighs 30 ounces and the overall length is 7.5 inches with a 4.2 inch barrel. The 31.5-ounce .45 ACP is eight inches long with a 4.5 inch barrel.
The American has a one-piece precision-machined stainless steel chassis with frame rails and fire controls. To reduce corrosion and friction, the slide is black nitride.
The American Pistol features a short trigger pull with positive reset. The slide stop and magazine release are ambidextrous.
For mounting lasers, infrared illuminators or other accessories, there’s a 1913 Picatinny rail. The American pistol is designed to be easy to take down without tools.
It is expected to retail for $579.00.
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