Honor Defense is days away from shipping its first production pistols, some of which were at the SHOT Show 2016 Range Day. Three sub-compact models are available — manual safety, no manual safety, and the FIST pictured above. I was impressed with the . . .
…weave-like crosshatch pattern molded into the frame. It feels like a perfect, aftermarket stippling job. Excellent grip and ergos.
FIST stands for Firearm with Integrated Standoff. In practice, this means an extended dust cover so the gun will function properly even during contact shots. It ain’t exactly a gimmick, as there’s definitely a percentage of revolver owners who eschew semi-autos for fears of it going out of battery when the muzzle is pressed up against something.
One note I wasn’t aware of: the Honor Guard employs a very easily removable, serialized chassis. This is the “firearm,” so the frame can be swapped for other ones and does not require an FFL.
It shot well, and initial impressions are positive.