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A New Entrant in the Concealed Carry Pistol Market

The number of Americans with concealed handgun permits has grown exponentially throughout the 2000s — over 17-million people had permits in 2018, according to a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center. Moreover, this doesn’t include all the states that don’t require permits to carry or those that don’t report data on issued permits. Therefore, the actual number is even higher. So, it’s not surprising that manufacturers have tooled up to meet the demand, resulting in an increasingly crowded market for concealed carry pistols.

Naroh was formed in 2013 and manufactured a wide variety of gun parts for other manufacturers for several years, with a dream to one day build its own guns. A few years ago, the company ramped up its efforts with its own design for a subcompact carry gun, with a number of alumni from Knights Armament Company in its ranks. The N1 is the result of all that hard work — a double-action-only hammer-fired pistol similar in size to the Glock 43, while boasting lighter weight, one additional round of capacity, and a Picatinny rail.

The Long Pull

Designed, engineered, and manufactured in-house (except for magazines and polymer parts), the N1 isn’t your typical striker-fired, not-a-Glock-Glockish handgun. Instead, it has an internal hammer, shrouded in the rear of the slide. The look-at-me red, skeletonized, curved trigger operates in double-action-only mode, retracting the hammer as you pull the trigger — though the slide must cycle to reset the system and partially cock the hammer, and it doesn’t have second-strike capability. We don’t mourn that too much, as most shooters these days would perform an immediate action malfunction clearance drill with a semi-auto pistol rather than try to press the trigger again.

A firing pin safety gets cleared by the trigger bar when you press the trigger, making the gun drop-safe, but there are no external safeties or even a nub on the trigger shoe. Like other double-action pistols, that long, deliberate trigger press is the primary method of ensuring that the user really intends to discharge the weapon — and there are plenty of proponents of this type of system for a carry gun.

In another departure from the other plastic-fantastics out there, Naroh embedded an aluminum frame with full-length slide rails within the polymer grip. While the grip can be replaced, Naroh intends this to be a gunsmith operation. The aluminum is hard anodized 7075, and the stainless steel slide glides smoothly across those long rails. The slide is available with a brushed stainless or black nitride finish, featuring attractive lightening cuts and slide serrations at front and rear. It comes fitted with plastic three-dot sights, compatible with Glock 43 sights.

The polymer grip is thoughtfully designed and has all the niceties that shooters look for these days — undercut trigger guard, texturing on all sides of the grip as well as forward index points on the frame, scallops on the sides aft of the trigger, and a beveled magwell. The dust cover also features a short Picatinny light rail. None of the weapon lights we had on hand would fit; even the stubby SureFire XC1-B didn’t work because its crossbar is too far forward. Naroh advises that the even stubbier Streamlight TLR-6 is currently the best fit for the N1.



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