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Beretta ARX-100 Rifle

Beretta's ARX-100 is a 5.56mm, piston-driven, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, and a direct descendant of the select-fire ARX-160, which was designed and built in 2008 for the Italian military.

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Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact Pistol

A few years ago S&W introduced its first rimfire M&P, the full-size M&P22. The new M&P22 Compact is just under an inch shorter, 1.6 ounces lighter, and the magazine holds two fewer rounds than the full sized M&P22 pistol. In addition, it is a hammer-, rather than striker-, fired pistol.

SIG Sauer P224 DA/SA Subcompact Pistol

A quick glance at the P224 dispels any doubts you may have about its heritage. Its looks, feel, and heft scream "P226," although when you pick it up the differences are immediately evident. The P224 is lighter, smaller, and sports a shorter barrel than either the P226 or P229.

Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm Duty Pistol

The VP9 takes the best of HK's pistol heritage and adds the best of what a trusty polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol has to offer. Honestly, I think they've improved on a few things as well.

DoubleTap Defense Tactical Pocket Pistol

The most recent reincarnation and reimagining of the derringer concept is the DoubleTap Tactical Pistol produced by DoubleTap Defense. While similar in concept to earlier over/under derringer-type pistols in design, the DoubleTap's materials, construction, functioning, and options are as modern as tomorrow.

SIG Sauer P320 Duty Pistol

SIG Sauer's answer to complaints about its manual safety and DA/SA trigger is the new P320, which blends the best of the classic SIG design with the attributes of a striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol.

Steyr Mannlicher L9-A1 Duty Pistol Photo Gallery

Available chambered for either the 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, Steyr Mannlicher's L9-A1 has many of the features of Steyr's earlier pistols along with several new ones. In addition to a noticeably longer slide, the L9-A1 has extremely distinctive sights. For more details, read Paul Scarlata's review of the Steyr Mannlicher L9-A1 Duty Pistol. Photos: Becky Leavitt

Steyr Mannlicher L9-A1 Duty Pistol

The current version of the full-size Steyr duty pistol, the L9-A1, debuted last year. Available chambered for either the 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, the L9-A1 has many of the features of Steyr's earlier pistols along with several new ones, including a redesigned trigger.

Beretta BU9 Nano Pistol

Many officers and concealed carry civilians are not very fond of small-caliber pocket pistols such as .380s and .32s, which is why Beretta chambered the Nano for the 9mm and .40 S&W cartridges.Is the Nano truly "tiny?" Well with an overall length of only 5.6 inches, a height of 4.2 inches, and a width of less than an inch, the answer is "Yes."

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Glock G42 .380 Pistol

As more and more manufacturers began offering polymer frame .380 pistols Glock realized it was passing up a share of this growing market. The result was the launch of the Glock G42 .380 ACP pistol earlier this year.