Shot Show 2015 - New Pistol Upgrades
Israeli Weapons Industry, Ruger, and Smith & Wesson are some of the highly anticipated gun manufacturers featuring new firearms at the 2015 SHOT Show. With tough competition from the likes of Sig Sauer, Taurus, and Glock, each pistol manufacturing team is trying to out do each other in terms of making a pistol more light weight, more compact, and featuring room for add-ons such as flashlights, laser sights, and extended clips.
Handgun Customization is the Name of the Game
“The basic core functionality and styling of most pistols on the market is largely unchanged over the past thirty years.”
This is a concept that every gun manufacturer has to destroy if they hope to convince an audience of gun aficionados, equipment manufacturers, and military, law enforcement officials. Primarily in attendance for the 2015 Shot Show, these groups are looking for new pistols which can effectively bring a new dynamic to the battle space.
IWI's UZI Pro and UZI Pro SB Pistols
For this caveat, IWI's UZI Pro & UZI Pro SB pistols are trying to make a comeback after falling out of favor with the Secret Service in the mid-90s. Once considered a de facto close-quarters sub machine gun, it has since been increasingly relegated to second and third-tier distribution.
They're looking to change that standing in 2015. The new UZI PRO is chambered in the same classic 9mm Luger Parabellum but now incorporates an advanced polymer pistol grip for reduced weight. In terms of stylistic changes, they've put in an integrated magazine release for fast, flawless magazine changes. Outside of the polymer, that describes the old school UZI we all know and love. What made the UZI a hard sell was, historically, its lack of upgrade-able features at the purchase point and added mounts to allow for a shoulder-held firing position. Thankfully, they've listened to the market and incorporated full-length Picatinny rails along the entirety of the top and a short Picatinny rail on the polymer body. This allows for scope upgrades, flashlight attachments, and a host of after-market customization without complicated gunsmith procedures.
Smith & Wesson M&P Ported Pistol
A new addition to the compact world includes the upgrading of Smith & Wesson's classic M&P pistol line. Chambered for the .40 S&W and 9mm styles of ammunition, these are competition-ready models that are being eyed closely by law enforcement and military operators. These pistols are made with precision cut ports to keep the muzzle effortlessly on target.
Featuring a polymer composite lower receiver, this pistol incorporates short Picatinny rails to accommodate for flashlight and laser sight attachments – perfect for those who have to clear a room in a close-to-medium quarters environment.
It's a full-size, accurate pistol with a compact 4.25” to 5.25” barrel – perfect for concealed carrying. And this, ultimately, is the market S&W is looking to master. Those in the law enforcement profession who have to holster their arms inside the waistband need a pistol that can fit a variety of situations. And, above all else – reliably shoot.
With over 400 specific gun manufacturers and producers at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, many more pistols and compact concealed firearms are expected to take the market by storm. Stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Take a look at our previous shot show article: Anticipated Firearms
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.