Well, SHOT Show 2017 is coming, and that means a raft of new product announcements. Today’s announcement is the Hudson H9 pistol. It’s being billed by some folks as a cross between a 1911 and a Glock, but I think that sells the pistol short. I would describe it as an all-metal striker-fired pistol with an innovative recoil mechanism. It’s the Hudson H9.

I first caught wind of it from a recent Handgun Radio episode. Then I woke up today to a Weaponsman.com post with a fair amount of detail on it.

As far as I can see, the only thing it has in common with a Glock is that it’s striker-fired and has a double-stack magazine. And the only things it has in common with a 1911 is that it has a sliding trigger (as opposed to a pivoting trigger), has a 1911-ish grip angle, and has a metal frame with 1911-style grip panels. Eyeballing the pictures, it looks like 1911 grips might interchange with the Hudson H9, but I kind of doubt that any other parts will interchange.

Perhaps the “Glock meets 1911” is just a marketing riff for Hudson, relating the unknown (Hudson H9) with the known (Glock and 1911). But the thing I find most interesting with the H9 is that they have parked most of the recoil mechanism in front of the trigger guard, making for an extremely low bore axis.

(Bore axis is the measurement of how high above the shooter’s hand the center of the bore is. In theory, a lower bore axis will lead to less muzzle flip than a higher bore axis. How much this matters is a subject of some dispute.)

One of the things that bothers me in life is the lack of real innovation in the firearms world. Multiple manufacturers have introduced “new” AR-15 clones–I’m looking at you, Springfield and Savage–in the last year and billed them as groundbreaking. And now Remington is making an off-brand Glock to add to the pile of plastic fantastics from Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Ruger, Walther and many others. Color me unimpressed. But these Hudson guys have figured out a different place to park the recoil mechanism? Oh, that’s interesting. I don’t know firearm design well enough to know whether this is truly new or not, but it’s definitely not common, and I’m intrigued to see how it works out.

Featured photo pulled from Hudson’s web site.