Naroh Arms N1 Debut
A Surprising Underdog
The Naroh Arms N1 was announced and really took everyone by surprise. Here’s a relatively unheard of company trying to enter the busiest segment of the firearms market. When Mossberg attempted to do the same thing with the MC1, it was a 15 minute burst of publicity, and then everyone quickly forgot about it.
With the Naroh N1… I think the opposite is going to happen. It might not become the top dog of the segment (let’s be honest, the P365 is there to stay for a while) but it’s going to be able to hold it’s own as long as their marketing department does their part and there’s quite a few reasons why. So, without droning on any longer, let’s hop to it.
First things first, Naroh, you’re doing it right. You announced the N1 and when you announced it you had already networked and made sure there would be a holster market available. For the few years I’ve been in the firearms game, that’s the single most irritating thing I’ve seen. A company produces a new gun and doesn’t get in touch with holster producers (I’m looking at you Steyr). No holsters = No Go from me. Why? What I buy to review on TacCat are things I intend to actually use, or have an interest in using in my load-outs.
Below you’ll see a picture of the holster manufactures that Naroh has working samples from already. While at the booth I was told that there are a few other companies on board, but the samples weren’t ready by the time of the show. Just from the looks of it, Naroh has gotten all the bases covered for the N1. Every holster type is displayed in this case and the holster companies aren’t exactly unknown.
For those that know me, you know I love the Steyr A1 line and now the A2 line. Holster availability is nonexistent, that’s why I haven’t gotten one yet, and why I won’t for a while.
So, what about the gun itself? Well, it’s different. The Naroh N1 is actually a hammer fired gun; surprise, surprise?
The trigger is a DAO trigger and even with the unfamiliar trigger face (to me) it was pretty smooth. Reset is what you would expect, which is nice. Without actually shooting it, I can’t give more feedback than that on the trigger.
Ergos on the N1 aren’t terrible for such a small gun. It fit real well in my hand, the serrations on the slide are well done, and the texturing on the indexing point of your pointer finger is real nice. Undercut on the trigger guard is great, I didn’t notice any bumping with my knuckles which was great.
I only have 2 gripes with the N1 from an ergonomic standpoint. The magazine release is the first one. It’s difficult to get to, but it was done intentionally. They have it recessed a little bit more than some of the competition. Why? Complaints of inadvertent mag drops from it’s competitors. Is their magazine release usable? Definitely, and that’s what matters.
The second issue isn’t one that affects me, but the slide release is for right handed shooters only. I’m not sure if the magazine release can be switched over though. I’m just now realizing this as I write the article.
Take down on the N1 is nice. Instead of pulling the trigger (which, I guess would be weird for a hammer fired gun) you drop your mag, lock the slide to the rear, and rotate the lever you see in the first picture down 90 degrees. After that, you just pull the slide off.
Size wise, without pulling up the measurements and directly comparing them, I want to say it comes in right between the Glock 43 and the M&P Shield. It uses proprietary 7rd magazines, but they are planning to bring 8 and 9 round extended mags to the market. But, there is some commonality with the market. The sights? They’re Glock 43 sights, so there’s no waiting on the market to produce other options.
The Naroh Arms N1 comes with a standard 1913 accessory rail. This isn’t something that I have seen on any of it’s competition as of yet. Fortunately, it isn’t an unusable accessory rail. The guys at Naroh did some testing and found that the Streamlight TLR-3 and 7 will fit on it. I’m not the biggest TLR-7 fan, but it would find itself at home on this gun specifically.
Now let’s talk about this serialized chassis system that they’re talking about. It’s made out of 7075 hard anodized aluminum, it offers full slide rails, and it does go into the frame a little bit. The downside? A gunsmith is required for taking the chassis out; but for a company without millions to dump into R&D? This is a solid first attempt.
I think this chassis system, more the slide rails, paired with the recoil system (dual springs) are going to make this small handgun not only a softer shooter than it’s competition, but also a more accurate platform.
Now, if you’ve hit up Naroh’s website, you may be scratching your head at the “LiFe FNC” like I was. I asked them what the coating was on the slide and the barrel, and in short, it’s a nitride finish. From the looks of it, it’s very well applied. This finish also gets applied to a lot of the internals as well to improve corrosion resistance; good thinking since the company is based in Florida.
My initial thoughts of the Naroh N1 when I first saw it were basic, just another subcompact single stack 9mm handgun in an ocean flooded with them. My takeaway from after NRAAM? Looks can be deceiving. I genuinely liked the N1 and the gentlemen at the booth were extremely nice. If you get the chance to play with one, do it. I think you’ll be just as pleased with it as I was. And for the IG people out there? I think this one is going to add a subtle custom-esque look to your gram feed.
MSRP for the nitrided slide: $399
MSRP for the stainless slide: $410
My guesses on retail are, the black variant (nitride) is going to hit stores around the $330 price point and the stainless option is going to hit stores around the $360 price point.
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