My first stop of the day was the Kriss booth to take a look at the Super V and while I was there, I noticed that they import the Sphinx semi-autos. Those not familiar with the Sphinx guns, they are CZ clones, but built with Swiss precision and hand fit.
KRISS Super V
While I was looking at the Sphinx guns, I saw Alex from Guncrafter Industries walking around. I stopped and chatted with him for a while. GI didn't have a booth, but he had a Model No. 3 and CCO in his bag. Alex asked me if i wanted to take a look at them, so I accepted the offer. The CCO was built from a request of DRC Firearms and the members of www.1911addicts.com . The CCO has not shipped out yet, so I was able to get my hands on it before those that had pre-ordered them. Unfortunately, I thought I took a photo of the No.3, but didn't. The Model No. 3 is a bobtail Commander chambered for the .50GI round.
Guncrafter Industries CCO
Rock Island Armory (RIA) had a few new guns on display that should be available around March. First up is the high capacity full rail, which will be available in 9mm and .45ACP.
RIA had another Hi-cap on display, the TCM (Tuason Craig Micromag) which is chambered for the .22TCM round developed by Armscor. The .22TCM is basically a .223 bullet in a necked down 9mm case. The 22TCM will send a 40gr bullet at 2000FPS producing 400 foot pounds of energy. The TCM is a combo kit, which will include a 9mm barrel making this a dual caliber gun.
Here's a photo of a 50GI and a 22TCM
The last thing that caught my eye at the RIA display was the XT22. It's a .22LR gun that will also be available as a combo kit with a complete .45ACP topend.
Beretta's newest carry gun is the Nano. It live's up to the Nano name being a small gun. One thing that I noticed was the absence of the slide lock. The reason that I mention this stems from the "Slingshot vs Slide Stop" debate. Since the Nano doesn't have a slide stop the shooter will have "Slingshot" the slide if a reload was necessary. I'm an advocate for using the slingshot method, so the missing slide stop is not so much an issue.
Remington's only new 1911 was the stainless steel model, 1911R1S. For those that liked the original 1911R1 but wished it was stainless, this gun is for you.
I don't follow Smith & Wesson 1911's, so I don't know if the E-Series gun with light rail (SW1911TA) are new for 2012, but here are photo's of them. MSRP is $1319 for either finish.
S&W also released the M&P22, which would be a good training tool for M&P shooters.
The elusive Ruger SR1911 was on display.
Ruger has a few new 22LR's, the LCR22 and the SR22.
And the SR9C
Colt had the Mustang Pocketlite on display. With the success of the Sig P238, Colt must be kicking themselves for not re-introducing it earlier.
Nighthawk Customs had the Chris Costa models on display. The fit and finish was nice, however some of the features don't make sense for some. The Jardine Tactical Hook rear sight makes me wonder, since the sight is for a BoMar cut, why didn't they use something like a 10-8 rear sight for Novak cut? It would make sense since the Costa uses 10-8 grips and he has the "Bravo" that was built by 10-8.
The compact Costa
The Beard was also there while I was looking at the Costa.
The mini Costa also had a mini Nighthawk Costa
The real Costa happened to walk up while I was looking at the Costa 1911.
More to come...