Springfield Armory's new 911 pocket pistol would be a nice choice for women looking for a small, controllable carry gun.
Springfield showed off the new .380 pistol Monday at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day.
The sleek 911 measures 5.5 inches long and just under 4 inches high. Springfield's Octo-Grip texturing on the pocket-size firearm feels comfortable and secure.
"It's the most concealable pistol we produce," said Springfield Armory spokeswoman Stefany Reese.
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"I would say if any woman is looking to conceal-carry, it's a great small gun to have on body or in your purse. ... Also, it makes a great backup gun for someone who wants to have it strapped to their ankle," she said.
The 911 is a scaled-down 1911 design and features G10 Thin-line grips; Ameriglo Pro-Glo green tritium front sight inside a yellow luminescent circle; and a tactical rack rear sight with green tritium inside of white luminescent circles.
It's very controllable and easy to reacquire sight alignment for fast follow-up shots.
"For the size, we feel that it shoots incredibly well -- very smooth, very crisp trigger pull," Reese said.
The manual thumb safety is also large enough to operate easily, a feature many pocket pistol designs lack.
"We wanted to make the thumb safety bigger, so it was easy to manually operate" under stress, Reese said.
The 911 features a lightweight 7075 T6 aluminum frame and comes with either a black Nitride or stainless 416 steel slide.
It comes with a flush 6-round and 7-round extended magazine and retails for $600.
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