New For 2023: Bear Creek Arsenal Genes1s II

posted on September 13, 2023
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Images courtesy of Bear Creek Arsenal.

While known for its AR-15 and AR-10 pattern rifles and parts, Bear Creek Arsenal released a semi-automatic pistol of the company's own design in 2021 it called “the Genes1s.” For 2023, Bear Creek Arsenal is releasing an updated version with the Genes1s II.

Right side of the Bear Creek Arsenal Genes1s II pistol, shown alongside two Glock pistol magazines.The Genes1s II is an updated version of the pistol that Bear Creek Arsenal released last year.

The Genes1s is an all-metal, striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol that is “duty-sized” and chambered in 9 mm Luger. Its mechanism is of the Glock safe-action pattern. The unique aspect of its design is its two-part frame, made of 7075-T6 aluminum. The frame is machined in two separate halves and then bolted together.

Left side of the black Bear Creek Arsenal Genes1s II pistol.The Genes1s II is a Glock-pattern pistol that shares many parts and accessories.

The updated Genes1s II features a more ergonomic grip design with the pistol’s edges more contoured than the original version. The trigger guard is wide and undercut, and the grip area of the frame has a stippled finish. A three-slot M1913 Picatinny accessory rail is machined into the dust cover, and the entire frame is finished in a black anodizing. The magazine release is reversible for ambidexterity, and the magazine well is flared to facilitate reloads. The Genes1s II uses Glock-compatible magazines and is supplied with two 17-round magazines.

Underside of the black Bear Creek Arsenal Genes1s II pistol.The unique frame of the Genes1s II is machined from aluminum in two halves.

The slide is cut for optics mounting using a Trijicon RMR footprint. It is serrated on front and rear with “window” cuts in the forward section and has a black nitride finish. The slide is cut for Glock-pattern sights, and the pistol is supplied with Bear Creek’s own metal sights that use a system with three photoluminescent aiming dots. The 4150 chrome-moly steel 5" barrel is extended, and its muzzle threaded 1/2x28 TPI for use of suppressors or other accessories, and it, too, has a black nitride finish. The overall dimensions of the pistol approximate the size of a Glock 17.

Detail of the black slide on the Bear Creek Arsenal Genes1s II pistol, showing the three-dot sights and optic-ready slide.Sights on the Genes1s II are three photoluminescent dots. The slide is also cut for optics mounting.

The Genes1s II is compatible with many aftermarket Glock parts, accessories and holsters. It weighs 28 ozs., and Bear Creek claims the heft of the metal frame yields "a comfortable weight and provides less recoil and faster acquisition for getting back on target." The pistol has an MSRP of $500. For more details, visit


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