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Remington, Mossberg Fashion New Pistols Designed for Female Shooters

Sara Shertz, shown with a custom-built Glock 35,  practices shooting in the desert near Sloan, Nev., on Oct. 19, 2014.  Shertz and Karissa Neff  own Gun Play Vegas, the first and only female-owned firearms training company in Nevada. Since launching the business in 2012, the UNLV grads have trained a few thousand students. (AP Photo/The Sun, Alonzo Wright  )
Sara Shertz, shown with a custom-built Glock 35, practices shooting in the desert near Sloan, Nev., on Oct. 19, 2014. Shertz and Karissa Neff own Gun Play Vegas, the first and only female-owned firearms training company in Nevada. Since launching the business in 2012, the UNLV grads have trained a few thousand students. (AP Photo/The Sun, Alonzo Wright )

LAS VEGAS -- Remington and Mossberg showed off two new compact pistols at SHOT Show 2019 that cater to female shooters and those with small hands.

Remington has a new version of its RM380 sub-combat pistol available in a light blue that's very close to the color made iconic by Tiffany & Co.

"This is a new finish for us -- the light blue and stainless top end," said Travis Tomasie, a member of Remington's pro shooter team. "This is a great concealed carry pistol ... My wife chose it."

The RM380 is chambered for .380 and has a double-action trigger to help reduce the need for an external safety, Tomasie said.

Remington’s RM380 pistol comes in a shade of blue like that made iconic by Tiffany & Co. (Matthew Cox/Staff)
Remington’s RM380 pistol comes in a shade of blue like that made iconic by Tiffany & Co. (Matthew Cox/Staff)

"We didn't want an external safety," he said, explaining that it's another muscle memory step that many shooters don't want to adapt to. "The double action is going to have a longer, heavier trigger pull, less likely to have a negligent discharge."

It has a six-round magazine and a substantial beaver tail "so you can get a good grip on it when you draw it quickly," Tomasie said.

"A lot of these little guns, when you draw it out of the holster, it's hard to get a good grip," he said. "With this, it's very easy because we designed it for that."

The RM380 is also very easy to rack the slide to chamber a round, Tomasie said.

"I can rack it with one finger, so when you talk about female shooters, smaller-stature shooters or older shooters -- anybody can rack this gun. And part of being confident with your handgun is being able to load it," he said.

The RM380 retails for about $415.

Mossberg’s new MCIsc subcompact striker-fired pistol. (Matthew Cox/Staff)
Mossberg’s new MCIsc subcompact striker-fired pistol. (Matthew Cox/Staff)

Mossberg also unveiled a new pocket-size pistol this year at SHOT -- the MC1sc striker-fired pistol.

The new sub-compact MC1 pistol is chambered for 9mm and features an optional, extended magazine to fit more hand sizes, according to Joseph Kiesel, senior design engineer with O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc.

The MC1 has a stainless steel slide with special carbon coating for durability.

"It's a striker-fired pistol so it doesn't require you to pull the trigger to disassemble it," Kiesel said, describing the "safe takedown system."

"Press a button, remove the back, slide cover plate off, remove the striker and slide the and barrel off," he said.

The MCI is also available in a night-sight version with Tritium night sights.

Each MCI comes with a seven-round extended magazine and a six-round flush magazine and retails for $425.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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