While nobody is walking the floor for the 2021 SHOT Show, that hasn’t stopped the release of dozens of new handguns. 2020 was a record year for firearms sales with most folks buying something to protect their home. If you have held back on making this purchase, the good news is that you have even more options going into 2021. We scoured press releases and sat in on a handful of digital meetings and were presented with quite a few new innovative designs. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
Stoeger STR-9S Combat PistoL: You’d think Stoeger would be content making shotguns these days. After all, it seems to be the quickest answer to “what should I buy to defend my home” at just about any gun store. No, just like those that own Stoeger firearms, the company itself is tough to satisfy. With close to 100 years of manufacturing expertise, it only made sense for the company to explore pistols, and 2021 delivered its newest addition to this platform, the STR-9S Combat. With an optics-ready slide, threaded barrel, suppressor-height sights, and three 20-round magazines all you need to do is sell your soul for a box of 9 mm, throw on your favorite accessories, and hit the range. MSRP: $549
Heritage Barkeep: Sometimes the best way to appreciate something modern is to turn your attention to the past. For 2021, Heritage has introduced a gussied-up short-barreled version of its popular Rough Rider single-action revolver. Dubbed “The Barkeep,” this old school defensive-style pistol gives the look and feel of a piece carried by your favorite saloon owner in the Old West. Chambered in .22 LR, the Barkeep pays homage to a bygone era. We got to test this one a few days before its release and the fit and function were flawless, with accuracy that is hard to believe out of the short sub-3-inch barrel. An MSRP of just $180.30 easily puts it in your hands and you have the choice of Grey Pearl or Wooden stocks. [full article]