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New Large Format Semi-Auto Pistols for 2021

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As firearms continue to sell at record pace, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand for existing models. Nonetheless, innovation continues. We are seeing introductions of MRDS-ready, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistols, including higher-capacity micro-9s. Also hitting the market with some frequency are large-format pistols in both rifle and pistol calibers. And, of course, super-premium 1911s continue to be unveiled at the aspirational end of the market.

With alarmed citizens looking to protect themselves, first-time buyers now seem to comprise a larger part of the firearm consumer base. As all guns may be new to them, some old standbys are moving well. So, what’s the market for sophisticated new designs? Long-range rifle competition and the simple fact that one can never have too many guns.


Armalite AR19


ArmaLite | AR19

The company’s first pistol-caliber offering, the AR19 accepts 33-round Glock magazines, which makes it a good candidate for home defense, especially for those who rely on that Austrian pistol for their CCW needs.

 ArmaLite TAC Brake
 Shockwave Blade brace
 M-Lok-compatible freefloat handguard
 Wide trigger guard

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 33 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Length: 29 inches
Weight: 80 ounces
MSRP: $1,112
(623) 780-1050 armalite.com


Arsenal Inc.  SAM7K


Arsenal Inc. | SAM7K

The Bulgarian-made SAM7K features forged and milled receivers along with a chrome-lined, hammer-forged barrel for enhanced durability and corrosion resistance Though it only ships with a five-round magazine, the SAM7K accepts more capacious mil-spec variants.

 AK scope rail for optics
 Ambidextrous safety
 Hinged dustcover
 Dual aperture rear peep sight

Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Length: 18 inches
Weight: 90.4 ounces
MSRP: $1,799
(702) 643-2220 arsenalinc.com


Century Arms  AP5


Century Arms | AP5

If this large-format handgun looks familiar, that’s definitely by design. Featuring the same roller-delayed blowback operation found on the venerable MP5, this Turkish-made, semi-automatic-only clone promises to be reliable, accurate and fun. It comes with a sling to make handling it easier for range work and home defense.

 Picatinny optics rail
 Three-lug QD muzzle device
 Cold-hammer-forged barrel
 Adjustable rear drum sight

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.9 inches
Overall Length: 17.9 inches
Weight: 88 ounces
MSRP: TBD
(561) 908-7993 centuryarms.com


CMMG  Banshee Mk4 .22 LR with QD End Cap


CMMG | Banshee Mk4 .22 LR with QD End Cap

The new Mk4 Banshee is the shortest and lightest Banshee on the Mk4 platform in .22 LR thanks to a QD end cap that provides a wide range of compatibility with accessories.

 Shortest Banshee available
 QD end cap
 Compatible with CMMG .22 LR conversion kits
 KAK Slim Flash Can

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 25 rounds
Barrel Length: 4.5 inches
Overall Length: 14.7 inches
Weight: 57 ounces
MSRP: $1,024.95
(660) 248-2293 cmmg.com


CMMG  Banshee 300 Mk9


CMMG | Banshee 300 Mk9

The Mk9 gets an update that features the new radial-delayed, blowback-operated system, which offers less recoil in the highly popular 9 mm chambering.

 Radial-delayed blowback
 CMMG RipBrace
 Accepts Colt SMG-pattern magazines
 Upgrade kits available

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 32 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 18.9 inches
Weight: 74.9 ounces
MSRP: $1,499.95
(660) 248-2293 cmmg.com


Diamondback  DB15 300 Blackout


Diamondback | DB15 300 Blackout

With a host of features designed for home defense, the DB15 in .300 BLK offers a compact, easy-to-maneuver pistol. With sturdy arm brace, blast-deflecting muzzle device and M-Lok attachment points for accessories, it’s great out of the box or for you to customize to your liking.

 Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 2 brace
 Magpul MOE K2+grip
 KAK Flash Can
 M-Lok attachment points on fore-end

Caliber: .300 BLK
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 10 inches
Overall Length: 31.75 inches
Weight: 100.8 ounces
MSRP: $1,130
(321) 305-5995 diamondbackfirearms.com


Kel-Tec  P50


Kel-Tec | P50

Looking like something out of Blade Runner or Flash Gordon, Kel-Tec’s P50 packs some impressive engineering into its futuristic design. Using the FN PS90 magazine, an entire box of 5.7×28 mm ammunition can be loaded at a time.

 Picatinny rail for optics
 QD sling mounts
 Ambidextrous safety
 Lower-capacity magazines available

Caliber: 5.7×28 mm
Magazine Capacity: 50 rounds
Barrel Length: 9.6 inches
Overall Length: 15 inches
Weight: 51.2 ounces
MSRP: $995
(800) 515-9983 keltecweapons.com


SAR USA  109T


SAR USA | 109T

A large-format pistol, the blowback-operated 109T incorporates an 8.6-inch barrel for maneuverability, and accepts most pistol buffer-tube braces. In addition to compactness, the 109T offers firepower and comes with three 30-round magazines.

 Chrome-moly barrel
 Picatinny rail system
 Freefloat handguard
 Non-reciprocating charging handle

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 8.6 inches
Overall Length: 27.8 inches
Weight: 78.4 ounces
MSRP: $1,999
(833) 727-4867 sarusa.com

Article by SI Staff 

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