TriStar is adding four new guns to their catalog, a pair of shotguns with magnum 3.5-inch 12-gauge chambers along with a set of all-steel CZ Compact-style pistols in 9mm Luger and .40 S&W. Like all TriStar guns, these new additions are priced to move with very competitive MSRPs.
The new Cobra Mag shotguns extend the Cobra line of pumps, offered with a standard black synthetic furniture or Realtree Max 5 camo finish. They’ve got extended, ribbed handguards, raised, ventilated ribs and fiber optic front sights.
The 28-inch barrels are threaded for Beretta/Benelli Mobile-pattern chokes and each shotgun comes with three chokes, one improved cylinder, one modified and one full choke. Combined with the magnum chamber these shotguns can shoot a wide range of ammo types, with easy-to-control patterns.
They’re not ultralight at 6.9 pounds but that’s not a bad thing when shooting heavier payloads, and they’re not so heavy that they will be a burden in the field. Each shotgun has a set of swivel studs for use with a sling, one on the magazine cap and the other on the stock.
“Our Cobra pump line have been some of our most popular shotguns since we launched them a few years back,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Ryan Bader. “We’d heard the calls from our fans for a 3.5-inch pump for a while now, and we’re glad that we can deliver a product that we can proudly put our name on.”
The plain black Cobra Mag has a $395 MSRP and the Realtree model $455, which means real-world prices will be in the mid-$300 range, making them great options for shotgunners on a budget.
TriStar’s new pistols make up the P-100 series, with two all-steel all-purpose compacts that are can be used for self-defense, nightstand duty and the range. While these are mechanically similar to CZs pistols, these guns have a couple of key differences that make them stand out on their own.
P-100 pistols have a railed steel frame, a feature only available on CZ’s more expensive alloy-framed 75 series. At 36 ounces unloaded these guns are still light enough for concealed carry and with a light mounted on the rail they can be capable home-defense pistols.
The 9mm P-100 has a standard 15+1 capacity where the .40 is 11+1. They ship with two high-quality Mec-Gar magazines, have tough Cerakote finishes and slim polymer grips. They are traditional double-action/single-action pistols with a manual thumb safety and can be carried cocked-and-locked.
They’re priced in-line with TriStar’s other compacts with a $490 suggested retail price. Street prices are already listing at right around or below $400, which is very competitive for all-steel double-action/single-action service pistols.
These guns all offer solid value and TriStar is already off to a solid start for 2016.