On the heels of its PDW announcement earlier in the year, Chiappa Firearms has another new gun based on the same design.Â Called the CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol, the new handgun will officially roll out at the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The new pistol uses a steel “upper” receiver that holds all of the mechanical components save the ejector and magazine. Those parts are housed in the polymer lower receiver that also forms the pistol grip.
Chiappa uses a blowback system in the Black Rhino. According to the company, the system is “improved and efficient” with a bolt that is about 50% of the weight of competing products.
Chambered in 9mm, the gun uses proprietary 18-round magazines. The company stated the magazine design is a patented design that prevents the deformation of the feed lips for improved reliability. In other words, don’t expect to slip a 33-round Glock magazine into place.
Good news, however. The company suggests larger magazine capacities may be available at a later date. This would seem to be an obvious play on its part.
One of the most interesting aspects of this new pistol is the collapsible arm brace. Similar to the shoulder stock on the PDW, the arm brace can make this gun extremely compact for transport and provide the additional bracing for someone to shoot the gun more accurately with one hand.
Low profile fiber optic sights are standard, while a top Picatinny rail allows for the addition of a red dot or some other optic. There are also side rails for lights and additional gear.
A few years back, Chiappa introduced the AK-9. That was an AK-style pistol that fed from Beretta 92 magazines. The CBR-9 pistol looks far more refined.
The original personal defense weapon that the Chiappa CBR-9 pistol is based on was unveiled at the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.Â To my eye, the CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol bears a passing resemblance to the HK MP7 PDW. I’m not suggesting the one is a copy or clone of the other – just that they have a resemblance. Here’s hoping the Chiappa is more affordable than the HK.
Florida-based SCCY appears ready to launch a new striker-fired pistol called the DVG1. (Scroll down for updates including the crazy price on the red dot version.)
Print advertising for the new SCCY DVG1 handgun appeared in magazines this week though the company does not have any mention of it on its website. Nevertheless, the ad does include a significant amount of information about the new pistols.
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Building on the success of the M&P 380EZ, Smith & Wesson is introduced the new M&P9 EZ today.
The new gun blends the easy-racking slide of the original pistol with the more powerful 9mm cartridge. This means that people with reduced hand strength are no longer handicapped by the comparatively low powered .380 ACP.
Features of the new M&P 9EZ include:
a slide that is easy to manipulate
a slide with tapered rear slide serrations
magazines with a loading tab for easier insertion of rounds
reversible magazine release
a one-piece trigger design
In the above video, Julie Golob gives you an introduction to the pistol.
Crimson Trace Model
3-dot, CT red Laserguard
Guns will be available with and without a thumb safety. All of the pistols will have a grip safety.
Smith & Wesson is also offering a version of the gun with a Crimson Trace Laserguard that uses a red aiming laser. Lasers can be very useful for people when a traditional sight picture is unavailable. For example, if you are knocked to the ground or are using cover that precludes the alignment of gun and eye.
At this time, Smith & Wesson lists all versions of the M&P 9EZ at the same price: $479. It would seem that there is no additional charge for getting the pistol with the Crimson Trace Laserguard.
Where to Buy the S&W M&P 9EZ Shield
The Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield EZ is an amazing pistol. If you cannot find one locally, I’d recommend using the following affiliate links:
There are a lot of things to like about this pistol. When Smith & Wesson launched the “EZ” line, the company had a clear vision of what they were aiming for. I think they achieved it completely.
I’ve had a chance to shoot and review the 9mm and .380 versions of this gun. Both are excellent shooters that are easy to operate. If you have reduced hand strength, the .380 ACP pistol might be the best. Otherwise, I’d recommend opting for this, the 9mm EZ to optimize your firepower in a defensive encounter.