New Guns for 2013
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) holds a trade show each year in November. A variety of gun manufacturers provide a sneak peek into what guns might make their way onto the market in 2013. While having a gun on display at this show is not always a sure bet it will become available, it's always interesting to see what gunmakers have in mind.
Arsenal Firearms AF2011-A1
The shooting community was certainly stirred up in 2012 when Arsenal Firearms announced the launch of the AF2011-A1 double-barrel 1911 pistol. Folks were quick to share their opinions of the pistol before they even got a good look at it. The very first sample of the gun to make it into the country was on display at NASGW. Surprisingly comfortable to hold, the wide backstrap of the grip seats firmly in the hand and feels great, but as might have been expected, the slide is tough to cycle. On November 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) officially granted import permission and sale in the United States for this unusual handgun. Arsenal is already thinking about new variations of the 2011, just in case an "ordinary" double-barrel 1911 isn't exotic enough.