Glock 43X, Colt King Cobra and Sig Sauer’s Copperhead: The ‘Top Guns’ of 2019?

N ew firearms, often designed and developed under a veil of secrecy, are typically introduced at the National Shooting Sports Foundation SHOT Show. Held each winter in Las Vegas, Nevada, the SHOT Show is a firearms industry event that often sees dozens of new weapon designs released by manufacturers big and small. Here is what you might see: 

For years, Colt’s line of “ snake guns ”—named after serpents, the Python, Cobra, Anaconda, and so on—were considered some of the finest revolvers ever made. The King Cobra was a medium frame revolver chambered in .357 Magnum. Based on the Colt Trooper, the King Cobra was sold in blued, satin stainless, and bright stainless finishes, and was available in 2.5-inch, three-, four-, six- and eight-inch barrel lengths.

The new Colt King Cobra is essentially the same gun with some updates. The relaunch revolver features a three-inch barrel, with other lengths likely in the near future. It features a brass bead front sight, Hogue Overmolded grips, and a brushed stainless finish. The new King Cobra features a modernized look, with straighter, sharper lines, but it’s still the same gun that was first released in 1986.

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Dems to push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting

Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will introduce a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the day Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meeting in Arizona. Giffords, who co-founded a gun safety group with her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement Friday she was thrilled that her former House colleagues were responding to a gun-violence epidemic that killed nearly 40,000 people last year.

The bill expanding background checks “marks a critical first step toward strengthening America’s gun laws and making our country a safer place to live, work, study, worship and play,” Giffords said. “I stand ready to do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line.”

Democrats promised swift action on gun control after the party regained the House majority following eight years of Republican rule.

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Glock Unveils New Slimline Pistols for Better Concealed Carry

Glock Inc. has introduced two new single-stack magazine pistols designed for concealed carry, just in time for SHOT Show 2019 later this month.

The new Glock G43X and G48 Silver Slimline Series pistols — slated to be available Jan. 21 — come about three years after the introduction of the G43, Glock’s first ultra-compact single-stack magazine pistol, according to the company’s website. hopes to take a closer look at these new pistols at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, which will run from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25.

“The G43X and G48 create a perfect, slim fit for a wide variety of hand sizes,” Glock’s website states. “The compact slimline frame combines a fuller-size grip length with a minimal profile of approximately [1 inch] for a comfortably balanced, versatile grip that’s perfect for a variety of users.”

Chambered for 9mm, both pistols feature a durable, nPVD-finished slide and a 10-round magazine capacity. While similar in width, both pistols are slightly wider than the six-round G43, allowing for increased round capacity, the website states.

Though the two pistols share the same size frame, they have different slide lengths. The slide length for the G43X is 6.06 inches, the same as the G43, while the G48’s slide length is 6.85 inches, the website states.

Both pistols feature a similar height as the G19 but are slimmer for increased concealability. Additionally, they feature front slide serrations, a comfortable built-in beavertail, reversible magazine catch and a match-grade Glock Marksman barrel, according to the website.

The pistols will retail for the same price as the G43, which costs about $450. They will be available in three sight configurations — standard, Glock Night Sights and Ameriglo Bold. Source