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.380 Pocket Pistol Added to Glock Line

Glock Inc. announced today the launch of the company’s first pocket pistol, the .380 caliber Glock 42.

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Glock's 30S Pistol

Glock's 30S subcompact pistol is a .45-caliber hybrid of the company's Glock 30 and Glock 36 that offers a larger frame to accommodate 10-round capacity in a slim package. Read A.J. George's full "Arsenal" review of the firearm. Photos courtesy of Mark W. Clark.

Springfield's XD-S Pistol

Springfield Armory's XD-S sub-compact pistol in 9mm offers an excellent choice for a backup or off-duty gun. Read Nick Jacobellis' full "Arsenal" review of the firearm. Photos courtesy of Alex Landeen.

DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol Now Shipping

DoubleTap Defense has begun shipping its Tactical Pocket Pistol, which was shelved in October after a falling out between the developer and manufacturer. Raymond Kohout and Azimuth Technologies have begun shipping the slim, two-shot pistol to distributors.

Beretta 3032 Tomcat Subcompact Pistol

Today Beretta's Model 92 gets all the attention, but the company has not forgotten its roots and still offers a number of blowback-operated, sub-compact pistols. The .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat is an extremely small concealed carry pistol that some officers use for backup and off-duty carry.

Beretta's 3032 Tomcat Pistol

Beretta's 3032 Tomcat sub-compact pistol makes an excellent "get them off you" gun for off-duty carry or as a back-up weapon. Read Paul Scarlata's full "Arsenal" review of the pistols. Photos courtesy of Butch Simpson.

SHOT Show 2013: Ruger's LC380 Pistol

Sturm, Ruger, and Co. introduced a .380-caliber version of its LCP at SHOT Show that improves capacity and smoother racking of the slide. The subcompact LC380 offers a seven-round magazine, one additional round from the LCP 9mm autoloader.

Glock 30S Arriving Soon

Glock plans to introduce a new pistol called the Glock 30S, a .45-caliber hybrid of the company's Glock 30 and Glock 36, a prominent gun blog is reporting ahead of SHOT Show.

DoubleTap Pocket Pistol Shelved

A year after announcing the DoubleTap pocket pistol as an innovative backup gun for officers, the pistol's inventor issued a press release that Heizer Defense won't be able to produce the gun.

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Why Officers Will Embrace S&W's M&P Shield

With its M&P Shield subcompact pistol, Smith & Wesson is revisiting a concept that once made history. The Shield hearkens back to the S&W Model 39, the first modern DA/SA pistol with a single column magazine and a thin grip.