Well, the 2011 SHOT Show is closer than the 2010 Show, so I thought I would take a look at some of the most popular new guns of 2010. Â Popularity was determined based on Google keyword searches and forum posts that I read. Â So, yeah, this list is pretty arbitrary, but hey, it’s my list. Â Your feedback is encouraged!
Gen 4 Glock (any) – Like them or hate them, the Glock line of pistols is one of the most popular series of handguns currently in the US. Â One of the few complaints about the Glock has been the size of the grip. Â Answering public demand, Glock introduced the Gen 4 series of pistols that feature an adjustable grip size, new grip texture, a magazine release button update, and a double recoil spring assembly.
Taurus 740 Slim – Based on the success of the 709 Slim, Taurus introduced the .40 caliber version in 2010. Â The 740 Slim is a compact, single-stack pistol chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge. Â Larger than the current crop of .380 pistols in the market, the 740 is still a very compact package that offers 6 + 1 rounds of a respected self-defense cartridge. Â Also unlike many diminutive pistols, the 740 Slim has good sights that, while smaller than a full-size gun, are easy to pick up and are adjustable. Â Read this for a full Taurus 740 review.
Ruger SR9c – The SR9c pistol is the compact version of the full-sized SR9. Â Ruger has re-made itself in recent years, offering many more concealed carry and tactical products like the LCP, LCR, and SR556. Â The 9mm SR9c is a continuation of their self-defense concept. Â I have not been able to shoot an SR9c yet, but from all indications, Ruger has a real hit with this pistol.
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard – Smith & Wesson has always been known for their great revolvers. Â Armed citizens and cops alike have favored the J-frame revolvers for pocket and ankle carry, with models like the 442 and 642 being some of the most popular guns in the S&W catalog.
This year S&W introduced a polymer-metal hybrid revolver with an integrated laser called the S&W Bodyguard chambered in .38 Special. Â The revolver looks similar to the J-frame ‘hammerless’ revolvers that sell so well for S&W, butÂ apparentlyÂ are a complete redesign, sharing no parts with their all-metal predecessors. Â One of the obvious changes is the ambidextrous cylinder release that was moved from the side of the revolver to the top where you would normally find a hammer on a revolver.
Sig Sauer P226, P229 E2 – Who knew so little could do so much? Â Sig Sauer redesigned two of their guns, the P226 and P229 E2 pistols, enhancing the ergonomics based on the feedback they have gotten over the years. Â The result is a pistol that fits most hands MUCH better, offering improved trigger control and shootability. Â Just looking at the pistol, you wouldn’t think that you would notice any improvement. Â But picking the gun up for the first time, you “get it.”
I recently received a Sig P226 E2 and took it to the other officers in my department (which issues the older P226). Â Passing it around to more than two dozen officers, almost every officer (90+%) thought the changes were a significant improvement, with many being shocked on how much Sig had improved the gun’s ergonomics.
Chiappa Rhino – The Chiappa Rhino is expected to ship in the next few weeks, so it is not strictly one of the most popular new guns for 2010 yet, but I expect it will be. Â Chiappa turned the revolver design paradigm upside down with the Rhino. Â Time will tell if the revolver with remains popular, and if so, whether it influences other revolver designers, but for now, it is certainly generating a lot of buzz this year.