It’s 2012, and despite the impending end of the Mayan calendar, this year is shaping up to be a stellar year for new handguns. Every manufacturer out there is acutely aware that carry guns are the new norm, that we all want something light, powerful, easy-to-carry and not expensive. And that we are more than willing to move down the gun-shop counter until we find what we want. Gone are the days when manufacturers could issue a few new/not-so-new models, call it “done” and wait for us to pony up the cash for something “close enough.”
With the best manufacturers now making handguns on all-computerized systems (CAD/CAM to CNC to your local gun shop) the new normal is more handguns than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a brief look at eight handguns that will be the topic of conversation in 2012, some we’ve already heard about and others that were previously just blog fodder and forum rumors.
- Springfield Armory has made another addition to its line of XD pistols with the brand new Springfield XDs. Chambered in .45 ACP, Springfield promises that the slim, compact XDs doesn’t sacrifice power for bulk, still packing a whallop for a gun with a one-inch beam.