Lionheart Industries has released their new Regulus modular pistols series. The Regulus is available with either a long or short slide, threaded barrel or non, and with two frame sizes. Slides can be swapped from frame to frame making it a mission-specific build. For the sake of this article we’ll be looking at the Regulus Alpha frame with a short slide.
As you can see, the Regulus is almost as if someone took an original LH-9 to a custom shop. The largest difference of course is that the Regulus is American made. For my larger hands the Alpha frame fits comfortably. It’s not that it’s a fat gun by any means, but the palm swell on the back strap helps fill the hand. Major upgrades are outlined below as taken from the Lionheart Industries product page:
- Tru-Axis Precision barrel in black, grey, or gold titanium nitride. Threaded or standard length
- 1911-style Novak sights. No more searching for options, there are plenty out there.
- Index notches on both sides of the frame. This greatly enhances grip repeat-ability.
- DA+ Indicator. Now knowing which mode the trigger is in can be determined at a glance.
- Elite Series Cerakote. A much higher-grade, tougher, and slicker coating.
- Double-Action Plus Trigger System. More on this is explained in the LH-9 article.
- 18-round extended magazines.
If you’re really curious about how the Regulus compares with the LH-9 check out this comparison video below.
It’s nice to see and American company producing something new and different. Polymer has been all the rage and manufacturers enjoy that as it’s a lot cheaper to make. Lionheart has followed tradition and produced an all-metal pistol with that sweet, sweet hammer-fired trigger that connoisseurs prefer. With an MSRP of over $1,500 the Regulus is certainly not your average Tupperware gun, but that cost goes into paying Americans to craft a pistol, not simply slap together a mixture of domestic and imported parts.
Guns like these are getting harder and harder to find, I feel fortunate to have one in my hands.
Range review will of course consist of the GBGuns standard of full-mag plus one, “What’s for Dinner?”, and field accuracy. I have high expectations for this premium Lionheart.