You may remember Lionheart from almost a decade ago. The company started out importing Korean K5 Daewoo pistols, then began producing their own version of the design here. There were a range of opinions about the gun back then and the company faded from the scene.
Now Lionheart Industries back under new management and promoting their upgrade of that Daewoo K5 design, the Regulus 9mm pistol in both Alpha and Beta configurations. There’s also a Combat model that’s a fully tricked out Alpha with threaded barrel and suppressor-height sights.
The unique selling point of the Regulus — like the original Korean K5 — is its Double Action Plus trigger. It’s much like a standard DA/SA trigger, but with a third option.
Once cocked, you can manually move the hammer forward into the “plus” position which gives you a much lighter first round pull weight. It’s still a full-length pull as you’d get in double action on, say, a SIG P229, but with a pull weight that feels about half as heavy. That should make those first-round shots much more accurate.
Once you move the hammer forward into plus position, a couple of green lines appear at the rear of the pistol to let you know you’re working with a much lighter first pull weight.
Both the Alpha and Beta models feature 18-round magazines and have fiber optic front sights.
The Regulus pistols have 6061 aluminum frams with 4140 slides. You can upgrade either the full-size Alpha or the compact Beta from a standard Tru-Axis 416 stainless barrel to a threaded version for an extra $100 from its $999 base price. A tritium night sight upgrade will run you $150.
The Regulus pistols have excellent deeply textured G10 grip panels and a length of rail that the earlier models lacked. This is purely subjective, but the compact Beta model I played with at SHOT had a real feeling of quality to it.
We’ve asked for Regulus pistol for a full review.