Laugo Arms has been teasing us with their Alien pistol for some time now. Hailed as a pistol with the lowest bore axis in the world (just 1.7mm), the design is truly unlike anything else on the market. It is, in fact, alien. When it showed up at the SHOT Show 2020 Industry Day at the Range, there was definitely a big interested in shooting this unconventional handgun.

The Alien pistol uses a gas piston delayed blowback system with a slide that reciprocates only on the sides instead of the whole slide moving back and forth. This allows for increased accuracy on follow-up shots because the shooter’s sights (which are adjustable) aren’t moving with the operation of the gun.

Laugo Alien Pistol
The Alien uses a unique gas piston delayed blowback system. Joseph Albanese

The Alien boasts the lowest bore axis of any semi-auto pistol in the world and the top rail can also be switched out without tools and without losing zero, which the Laugo reps did repeatedly between magazines to show how easy it is to do. That means, if you want, you can easily swap a red dot for iron sights without losing zero on either.

It also has a 4.8” fixed, free-floating barrel, adding to its accuracy.

Weighing in at 2.2 pounds, it has a magazine capacity of 17 rounds of 9mm, and weighs 2.47 pounds with an empty mag. It may be a bit heavy, but it’s still thin, coming in at just 1.1” wide.

The gun was approved for use in IPSC competition last year, and Lancer Systems will be the U.S. importer and distributor for the Czechoslovakian-made gun.

Laugo Alien Special Edition
The full Laugo Alien Special Edition kit offered for U.S. sales through Lancer Systems includes the numbered, signature edition pistol, three 17-round magazines, a standard iron sight top rail, an optics-ready top rail, and an enhanced magwell, a Laugo 6 MOA red dot sight, an Elornis Adjustable Competition Holster, all housed in a custom hard case. Lancer Systems

Five hundred Laugo Alien Signature Edition pistols for U.S.-exclusive sales. Each is numbered and bears designer Jan Lucansky’s engraved signature.

This pistol rare and exclusive as Lancer and Lucansky have agreed to never sign another pistol model or produce another run of Signature Edition Aliens moving forward.

An ambidextrous magazine release and changeable back straps make the Alien easily adaptable to shooters of all kinds. Unfortunately, the MSRP of $5,000 is not as easily adaptable to shooters of all kinds.