Taurus is showing a new variation on their model 85 called the “View”. It sports a translucent panel where the side plate would normally be, allowing a view of the mechanism as the gun is cycled. Designed for concealed carry it utilizes an aluminum frame and a titanium cylinder to hold weight down.
Chambered for 38 Special this ultra-light revolver holds five rounds. Empty it weighs in at only nine ounces. With a snub nose 1.41″ barrel a round but and spur-less hammer this revolver would be easy to carry. The side plate is a gimmick but one that many shooters would like. Top it all off with a double action trigger pull of 10 pounds.
Magnum Research is offering a new compact version of the 1911 for 2014. Dubbed the “Undercover” model, or the 1911U this variant is a Series 70 style. The DE1911U is built on an ultra lightweight frame made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy and features a 4140 high carbon steel slide and adjustable rear sight for windage and elevation. The .45 ACP DE1911U has 6+1 round capacity, an overall length of 6.85″, a 3″ barrel, height of 5″, and weighs just 25.8 oz.
Standard features include checkered front and back strap, double diamond checkered wood grip, and stainless steel hex screws. The DE1911U also has a high-rise beavertail safety, skeleton hammer, and an aluminum trigger. It comes standard with two 6-round magazines.