New from the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings


Each year companies use the NRA Annual Meetings as an opportunity to roll out new products for consumers. While we spotlight the splash-making Beretta Pico, there are plenty of other interesting and awesome products that just can’t be left out.

Prestigious firearms manufacturer Colt has released a polymer version of the classic Mustang, which was revived in 2011 in light of the pocket pistol craze. Prestigious firearms manufacturer Colt has released a polymer version of the classic Mustang, which was revived in 2011 in light of the pocket pistol craze.


Colt Mustang XSP

Prestigious firearms manufacturer Colt has released a polymer version of the classic Mustang, which was revived in 2012 in light of the pocket pistol craze:

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is proud to introduce the newest member of the Colt Mustang family, the polymer framed Mustang XSP.

Like its predecessors, the classic Colt Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite, the XSP is sure to become a popular option for concealed carry.

“The Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite have been favorites of our customers for years. We are excited to build on those very successful products and evolve them even further to meet ever growing customer needs,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing.

“The new XSP takes the best of its predecessor models and adds features that will make it appealing to an even wider customer base.”

Taking advantage of the polymer grip frame, the most noticeable features of the XSP model revolve around optimizing grip comfort and utility. A molded thumb perch under the safeties lets the gun sit easily and comfortably in hands of all sizes. A special enhanced cut behind the trigger guard also helps the gun sit lower in the user’s hand. Blended safety and sidestop profiles, as well as enhanced texturing on the front and back strap, provide increased comfort and create a snag-free profile.

While some basic features of the Mustang Pocketlite, such as size, magazine and slide, continue in the Mustang XSP, numerous changes to the new model reflect customer sentiment. This includes upgrading the front sight on the XSP to a dovetailed design that is more visible to the user. The slide serrations on the XSP have been enhanced to offer an improved grip when working the slide. The XSP also features ambidextrous safeties, rather than the typical single sided safety. Two additional changes are an integral 3/8” accessory rail below the dust cover, and a squared off trigger guard that will allow for easy mounting of lasers and lights to enhance personal protection capabilities.

The Mustang XSP is constructed of an ultra-durable engineered polymer, making it the lightest-weight of all the Mustang models at less than 12 ounces.  The slide and barrel are machined from stainless steel bar stock, and the slide has a blackened finish. The XSP has a 6-round magazine capacity, is chambered in .380 Auto and has a recommended retail of $649.

Brownell's Compensators Brownell’s Compensators


Brownell’s Compensators

One of the items that didn’t get much attention at the Meetings but was an interesting addition were Brownell’s new compensators. Brownell’s is not offering their proprietary compensators for sale quiet yet, but they had them on display at the Show and, given Brownell’s reputation, should be of spectacular quality.

Concealed Carrie Concealed Carrie


Concealed Carrie

A lot of the women at NRA were raving about Concealed Carrie, a new-to-us line of concealed carry purses that are more fashionable than many of the other options out there. Their bags come in a variety of colors and styles, from black, to bright orange, to a crocodile print hobo. They also have totes and laptop cases, all of which have built-in holsters to fit a wide variety of firearms.

Sig Sauer 1911 MAX Sig Sauer 1911 MAX


Sig Sauer 1911 MAX

While rumors of the 1911 MAX have been afloat for some time, this year Sig Sauer had one on display at the NRA Annual Meetings. The name “MAX” comes from Sig Sauer Team Captain Max Michele, who designed the competition-oriented 1911. Custom features include a SIG SAUER flat trigger, an external extractor, a Dawson® Ice Magwell®, a Koenig® Speed Hammer® and EGW® sear and firing pin. The MAX will be available in .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

Originally published in the June 2013 issue of GunUp the Magazine.

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