Lightweight and Easy-to-Use Handguns
“Lightweight” and “easy” are two hallmarks of the new crop of handguns hitting the market in 2023. Manufacturers recognize the importance of reducing weight for better maneuverability and decreased fatigue during extended shooting sessions. Additionally, emphasis is placed on designing firearms that are user-friendly, allowing shooters to enhance their skills and performance. Let’s explore some of the exciting handguns that embody these qualities.
1. Bond Arms Stinger (.22 LR)
Bond Arms introduces the Stinger in .22 LR, a super-slim derringer that combines lightweight construction with discreet pocket carry. Crafted from steel due to a supply stoppage, the Stinger remains remarkably light and offers virtually no recoil. With its affordable price point of $269, it becomes an excellent choice for anyone seeking a lightweight and easy-to-handle .22 LR handgun. Check it out on the Bond Arms website.
2. FN 509 CC Edge
FN expands its popular Edge series with the 509 CC Edge, a subcompact pistol equipped with a compensator. This handgun features a 4.25-inch barrel and is available with 10-, 12-, or 15-round magazines. It stands out with its fast field strip procedure, claimed to be the fastest in the industry for compensated pistols. The FN 509 CC Edge also offers a flat-face trigger and the option for an optic or slide cut for easy customization. Visit the FN America website for more details.
3. Smith & Wesson Equalizer
The Smith & Wesson Equalizer combines elements of the popular EZ series with increased capacity in a compact package. It features a 3.7-inch barrel and comes with 10, 13, or 15-round magazines. The single-action trigger provides a palpable, audible reset, and the 18-degree grip angle offers improved ergonomics. With its optional thumb safety and optics-ready slide, the Equalizer caters to both comfort and customization. Learn more about the Smith & Wesson Equalizer on the Smith & Wesson website.
4. Smith & Wesson Competitor
Built for competition shooting, the Smith & Wesson Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel and an enhanced sear for a lighter and crisper trigger pull. The aggressive lightening cuts on the slide improve recoil balance, and the pistol is cut for optics while including a fiber-optic front sight and blacked-out serrated rear sight. With its reversible mag release and Tungsten Gray Cerakote finish, the Competitor offers functionality and style. Check out the different models available on the Smith & Wesson website.
5. Springfield Armory DS Prodigy
Springfield Armory made waves in 2022 with the introduction of their first 2011-style pistol, the DS Prodigy. This double-stack pistol offers 17- or 20-round capacity in 9mm. In 2023, Springfield releases four editions of the DS Prodigy, including different barrel sizes and the option for the HEX Dragonfly red-dot optic. With its hammer-forged slide, forged stainless match-grade bull barrel, and ambidextrous safety, the DS Prodigy delivers outstanding performance and versatility. Visit the Springfield Armory website for more information.
6. Taurus GX4XL
Building upon the success of micro-compact models, Taurus introduces the GX4XL, an extended version of the GX4. With an additional inch on the slide, the GX4XL offers a 3.71-inch DLC-coated stainless-steel barrel and a gas nitride-coated carbon steel slide. It features the T.O.R.O. (Taurus Optic-Ready Option) slide, allowing for easy installation of various carry optics. The GX4XL offers a flat-face trigger, adjustable rear sight, and multiple backstrap choices, catering to individual preferences. Discover more about the Taurus GX4XL on the Taurus USA website.
7. Taylor’s & Company TC9
Taylor’s & Company presents the TC9 line, bridging the gap between old and modern revolvers. Chambered in 9mm, these single-action revolvers feature the profile of the iconic 1873 Cattleman. The TC9 is available in army-size and smaller configurations, both offering six-round capacity. With options for checkered walnut grips and a blued finish or black plastic grips with color case hardening, the TC9 delivers classic aesthetics and reliable performance. Learn more about the TC9 revolvers on the Taylor’s & Company website.
8. Tisas USA Tank Commander
Tisas USA introduces the Tank Commander, a faithful interpretation of the traditional Colt 1911 Commander. Built with a forged frame, slide, and hammer-forged barrel, the Tank Commander offers exceptional durability. The Cerakote finish with infused lubricity, Turkish walnut checkered grip, and availability in 9mm and .45 ACP make it an appealing choice for enthusiasts of the 1911 platform. Find out more about the Tank Commander on the Tisas USA website.
9. Tisas USA Night Stalker SF
Tisas USA expands its lineup with the Night Stalker SF, a 9mm striker-fired handgun featuring a distinctive olive Cerakote finish and lightening cuts in the slide. The slide accommodates Glock-pattern iron sights and is red-dot ready with a low cut for a lower-third co-witness. With its threaded barrel and 18+1 capacity, the Night Stalker SF offers both functionality and style. Explore more about the Night Stalker SF on the Tisas USA website.
10. Additional Handguns for 2023
The year 2023 brings many more exciting handgun offerings from various manufacturers. Stay tuned for the latest updates from renowned companies like Glock, SIG Sauer, Ruger, and more, as they continue to innovate and introduce new models to meet the demands of firearms enthusiasts.
Please note that prices and availability may vary, so make sure to visit the manufacturers’ websites or check with local retailers for the most accurate information.
The year 2023 promises an array of innovative and user-friendly handguns. With lightweight designs and easy manipulation, these firearms empower shooters to enhance their skills and enjoy extended shooting sessions with reduced fatigue. The featured handguns, including the Bond Arms Stinger, FN 509 CC Edge, Smith & Wesson Equalizer and Competitor, Springfield Armory DS Prodigy, Taurus GX4XL, Taylor’s & Company TC9, Tisas USA Tank Commander and Night Stalker SF, offer a diverse selection to cater to various shooting preferences and applications.
Whether you are a competitive shooter, a concealed carry permit holder, or a firearms enthusiast, the advancements and trends showcased in the 2023 handguns demonstrate the industry’s commitment to providing reliable, versatile, and cutting-edge firearms. Visit the manufacturers’ websites and attend trade shows like the 2023 SHOT Show to explore these handguns in person and make an informed decision based on your individual needs and preferences. Happy shooting!