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Fostech Origin 12 Gauge Shotgun

Fostech Origin 12

The Fostech Origin 12 is a semi-automatic 12-Guage shotgun. It is built-in the familiar AK-47 design.  The Fostech comes standard with a 5-round magazine and only shoots 2 3/4″ shells. The stock is folding and telescopic. This is a quality tactical shotgun that is easy to shoot.

Fostech Origin 12

fostech origin 12


Fostech Origin 12 Features

fostech origin 12 folded

The Fostech is equipped with a  Mission First Tactical Minimalist Stock.  It can be folded and fired from that position. This makes for easy transportation and deploying it out of a vehicle.  The stock is also telescopic for fixed shooting.

The ERGO pistol grip is large and fits comfortably in your hand.  The grip features a standard T-nut receiver window. This allows you to easily change the grip.

The safety is ambidextrous with large paddles. The magazine release is located near the front of the trigger guard and can be utilized with trigger finger. Fostech calls this a 3-point operation system. You can truly operate all the controls with your strong hand never leaving the grip.  The trigger operation, magazine drop, and bolt release are within fingers reach.

The receiver, barrel, and internal metal parts are coated with a hard nickel finish.  The finish provides protection against corrosion. It stands up well to adverse weather conditions. There is a dust cover on the receiver and the bolt will lock out when the shotgun is empty. The carrier and the bolt are big and beefy yet surprisingly lightweight for their size.

The Fostech Origin 12 features a fluted 18 inch barrel that is also threaded. The barrel is easily disassembled with the use of the Quick Change Barrel System. It is as simple as removing a single pin.

The magazines are large but easy to load. The shotgun comes standard with a 5-round magazine. You can also purchase additional magazines in 8 and 10-rounds. There is even a 30-round drum magazine. Make sure you check with your State laws regarding magazines.

30 round drum magazine

fostech origin 12 30 round magazine


Fostech Origin 12 Features Specifications

  • Model: Origin 12
  • Action: Semi-automatic
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge,  2 3/4 inch shells
  • Barrel: 18 inch fluted
  • Sights: Diamondhead flip-up
  • Capacity: Standard 5 rounds
  • Weight:  9.125 pounds
  • MSRP: $2800

Fostech Origin 12 Conclusion

The Fostech Origin 12 is a combat shotgun designed in the AK-47 platform. It is chambered for 12 Gauge shells and will only accept the 2 3/4 inch shells.  But it will devour all kinds of ammunition quickly. The large controls are easy to operate. The telescopic stock can also be folded and fired from this position.  If you’re looking for a combat shotgun that is reliable and easy to shoot, this is it.  Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Glock 43

Glock 43

The Glock 43 is the newly released 9mm pistol from Glock.  Glock has a proven reputation for being one of the top providers of combat pistols around the world.  Glock pistols are being used on a daily basis by military and law enforcement officers everywhere. This compact pistol  features a single stacked magazine.  The G43 is the answer to your concealed carry needs. It’s concealable, accurate and easy to operate for all shooters.

glock 43

Glock 43 Versatility

The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated release in Glock history.  The G43 is a great choice for an off-duty gun or a conceal carry gun. It is lightweight and compact and can be easily concealed.

Glock 43 Off-Duty

The choice for which gun to carry often is determined by the climate. As an officer in Southern California, this is definitely the case. It’s nice to wear a pair of shorts and a tank top, yet still carry a reliable back-up gun. The G43 will fit nicely into a pocket holster. I like the Black Hawk pocket holster in size 03. The G43 has the typical flat Glock design which disappears in your pocket. There isn’t a bulge or that gun outline in your pocket.

Glock 43 pocket holster

glock 43 in pocket holster




Glock 43 inside pocket

glock 43 in pocket


Glock 43 Conceal Carry

The G43 isn’t just for the off-duty law enforcement officer. This is a viable choice for a civilian that is looking for a compact 9mm pistol. It can be carried safely and comfortably on the waist. I like the DeSantis Insider holster. The holster is durable and the pistol can be easily drawn.

DeSantis Insider holster

glock 43 insider holster

Glock 43 Features

The G43 has the traditional feel of the full size Glock pistols. The grip has a built-in beaver tail. This allows you to acquire a high and tight grip.  This also provides better control of the pistol. The aggressive texture of the grip allows better operation of the pistol. The large magazine catch allows for easy loading and unloading of the magazines.


  • Model: G43
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 6.26 inches
  • Height: 4.25 inches
  • Barrel Length: 3.39 inches
  • Width: 1.02 inches
  • Weight: 17.95 ounces (unloaded) 22.36 ounces (loaded)
  • Trigger pull: 5.5 pounds
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • MSRP: $580

Glock 43 Conclusion

The G43 is a single stacked  9mm pistol. It is lightweight and compact and make this a top choice for a concealed handgun. The G43 is accurate and easy to shoot. Whether you are a law enforcement officer or civilian, this pistol is easy to operate and even easier to carry. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Barrett Model 82A1

Barrett Model 82A1

The Barrett Model 82A1 is a powerhouse rifle. It is chambered in the .416 Barrett round . It is a  semi-automatic rifle that is recoil-operated . The non-detachable magazine holds 10 rounds. This magazine makes it one of the few big bore California compliant rifles. The Model 82A1 is a long-range shoulder weapon that is combat proven.

barrett model 82a1



Barrett Model 82A1 History

barrett model 82a1 in combat

The United States military purchased the Model 82A1 during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The purpose was to have an accurate long-range rifle. The Model 82A1 had an effective range unsurpassed by any other shoulder-fired weapons.

Barrett Model 82A1 .416 Ammunition

barrett model 82a1 ammo

The California legislation banned all .50 caliber rifles. Barrett responded with the new .416 Barrett cartridge. The .416 Barrett caliber brings new levels of precision shooting to the Model 82A1. This cartridge would also have to fit into a portable rifle like the Barrett Model 99 or Model 82A1.

The new .416 Barrett would have to remain efficient at long ranges.  Barrett made a superb round that remains supersonic out to 2,150 yards. It also packs  9,517 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle and 3,710 ft-lbs of punch at 1,000 yards.

Barrett Model 82A1 Features

Optics Rail

barrett model 82a1 optic rail

The receiver is constructed of Black parkerized steel. It has an integral M1913 optics rail with 27 MOA elevation. The rail is 18 inches long.

Detachable 10 Round Magazine

barrett model 82a1 non-detachable magazine

The magazine will hold 10 rounds and is fixed to the rifle. The non-detachable magazine makes it California Compliant.

Chrome Chamber

barrett model 82a1 chrome chamber

The chrome chamber will prevent corrosion and makes for easier cleaning. It will also digest the ammunition better.

Barrett Model 82A1 Specifications

  • Model: 82A1
  • Caliber: .416 Barrett
  • Action: Semi-Automatic
  • Barrel Length: 29 inches
  • Capacity: 10 Rounds
  • Magazine: Non-Detachable
  • Sight: Flip-Up Iron Sight
  • Weight: 32.5 Pounds
  • Overall Length: 57 inches
  • MSRP: $9119

Barrett Model 82A1 Conclusion

The Barrett Model 82A1 is the answer to the .50 Caliber ban.  The Model 82A1 is chambered in the devastating  .416 Barrett.  This rifle provides accurate firepower at long distances. Whether you are a sniper or serious long-range shooter, you will want this rifle. The MSRP is $9119 but you can get one for a lot less. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.








Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp

Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp

The Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp is a large frame revolver from Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center.  The frame and cylinder are constructed of stainless steel. It is chambered in the powerful .44 Magnum round. The removable compensator aids in controlling this beast of a revolver. This revolver is perfect for home defense or a sidearm in bear country.  The Model 170137A is also California compliant.

Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp



Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp Features

Removable Barrel Compensator

Smith and Wesson Model 629 V-Comp compensator



The compensator can easily be removed from the barrel. The compensator will assist in dispersing the gas and aid in controlling this gun. It also has a removable cap muzzle protector.

Chrome Hammer


Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp hammer


The chrome hammer is large and exposed.  The large cylinder is constructed of stainless steel and fits tightly in the frame. This is to be expected from a Smith and Wesson Performance product.



Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp hammer

The chrome trigger features an overtail stop that is adjustable. The trigger guard is large enough to shoot with a glove on your hand. The trigger is extremely smooth and allows for quick follow-up shots.



Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp grips

The synthetic grips are large and have finger grooves. These standard grips provide a secure hold. They can be exchanged for after market grips. Many shooters prefer the cocobolo tactical grips. They are thicker and help to lessen the felt recoil.


Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp sights




The front and rear sights are adjustable. The front sight is bright orange and highly visible. It makes target acquisition quick and easy.

Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp Specifications

  • Caliber: .44 Magnum/ .44 S&W Special
  • Model: 629
  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Barrel Length: 4 inches
  • Front Sight: Adjustable Orange Dovetail
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable Black
  • Overall Length: 10 inches
  • Action: Single/Double Action
  • Frame Size: Large – Exposed Hammer
  • Weight: 44.1 ounces
  • Grip: Synthetic
  • Material: Stainless Steel Frame/ Stainless Steel Cylinder
  • Finish: Matte
  • MSRP: $1559

Smith and Wesson Model 629V-Comp Conclusion

The Smith and Wesson Model 629 has been around a long time. Most remember Dirty Harry carrying one. The Model 629V-Comp is a nice improvement.  The large revolver features a smooth double/single action trigger and removable compensator.  The four-inch barrel is small enough to make it a pack gun yet big enough for longer shots. Whether you are looking for a sidearm in the woods or for home defense, this gun can do both jobs effectively. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm

Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm

Springfield Armory is well-known fo their  .45 Range Officer pistol. It is formatted in the legendary 1911 style.  The thought of a 1911 pistol in 9mm will make a lot of shooters cringe. But the times and the industry have changed. Springfield Armory wanted an entry-level competition pistol.  A pistol that was accurate and reliable. The Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm is that pistol.

springfield armory range officer 9mm


The Range Officer 9mm is a traditional 1911 pistol in every way except for the caliber. The frame and slide are constructed of forged carbon steel. The frame and slide are parkerized for protection against corrosion. The gun is on the heavier side weighing at 41 ounces.  It feels well-balanced and the weight of the gun will help with muzzle lift. The weight of this gun and the 9mm ammunition means that recoil isn’t a factor.


springfield armory range officer 9mm levers

This is the perfect gun for someone new getting into shooting competitively. The barrel is five inches long and match grade. It is constructed of stainless steel and features a fully supported ramp.

Combat Sights


springfield armory range officer 9mm rear sight

The rear sight is a low profile combat style. It is adjustable for both elevation and windage. It can also be replaced with after market sights. The front sight is fiber optic.


springfield armory range officer 9mm grips


The Range Officer 9mm comes with beautiful Cross Cannon Double Diamond Cocobolo grips.  The back of the grip has deep checkering that allow for a firm grip and control of the pistol.


Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Recoil-operated
  • Frame: Forged Carbon Steel
  • Barrel: Stainless Steel Match Grade
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Magazine: Stainless Steel, 9+1
  • Grips: Cocobolo
  • Sights: Adjustable Rear/ Fiber Optic Front
  • Trigger: 4-5 pounds, Single Action
  • Length: 8.6 inches
  • Width: 1.25 inches
  • Height: 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 41 ounces
  • MSRP: $899

Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm Conclusion

The Range Officer is a 1911 style pistol chambered in 9mm. It is constructed of high quality steel and features  Cocobolo grips.  It is easy to shoot and operate. The match grade barrel and adjustable sights make this a truly accurate pistol. If you’re looking for an affordable pistol with the features of a competition pistol, this is the one for you. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard

Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard

The Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard is a sub-compact pistol chambered in the .380 ACP.  It combines the popular M&P characteristics with the existing Bodyguard series pistol. It is lightweight and compact, which makes it easy to carry and shoot. This is a great  self-defense or off-duty pistol. It comes standard with a thumb safety, take-down lever, and two magazines.

smith and wesson m&p bodyguard

Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard Features

Adjustable Sights

smith and wesson m&p bodyguard front sight

The front and rear sights are constructed of high quality steel. They are surprisingly large for a small pistol. The sights are also drift adjustable.

Manual Safety

smith and wesson m&p bodyguard safety

The rear of the slide has deep fish scale serrations. This provides for a firm grasp and easy manipulation of the slide. The manual safety is large and easy to operate. The safety is engaged in the up position.  This pistol will lock out when empty and features a slide catch.


smith and wesson m&p bodyguard trigger



The trigger is smooth and crisp with about a 5-6 pound pull.


smith and wesson m&p bodyguard grip

The grip is constructed of polymer with finger grooves. It comes with two magazines. A flat magazine and one with an extended finger extension. The magazine with the finger extension is much-needed with this pistol. The extension allows a place for your pinky to wrap around. This is appreciated if you have large hands.



Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard Specifications

  • Caliber: .380
  • Action: Double Action Only (Hammer Fired)
  • Capacity: 6+1 
  • Barrel Length: 2.75 inches
  • Front Sight: Stainless Steel/ Drift Adjustable
  • Rear Sight: Stainless Steel/ Drift Adjustable
  • Overall Length: 5.25 inches
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • MSRP: $379

Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard Conclusion

The M&P Bodyguard is a sleek and ergonomic pistol. It has a polymer frame with a corrosion resistant slide and barrel. The compact size makes this an ideal choice for a conceal carry weapon. I carried the original Bodyguard for years as an off-duty gun. It is easily concealed in a pocket holster.  The M&P Bodyguard is another quality pistol from Smith and Wesson. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.



Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm

Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm

The XD Tactical is a semi-automatic pistol built on a full size frame. The Model 9401 is chambered in 9mm and the frame is constructed of high impact polymer. This pistol is lightweight and durable. The five-inch barrel and large three dot sights make it extremely accurate. It is available with a sixteen round or ten round magazine. The ten round magazine version is California compliant.

springfield armory xd tactical 9mm

Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm Features

The XD Tactical Series is another quality pistol from Springfield Armory. At first glance many people think it’s a Glock knock off. Especially when they see the trigger and the polymer frame. It actually looks more like a Sig with the slide and controls or a cross between the two. This gun can stand on its own.


This is a lightweight pistol due to the polymer frame. This durable material holds up well in adverse conditions and daily carry as a duty sidearm.  This gun only weighs 29 ounces with an empty magazine.

Slide and Barrel

springfield armory xd tactical 9mm left side


The barrel is five inches long and made of hammered forged steel. The slide is also constructed of forged steel and features deep serrations.  The serrations are located on the front and rear of the slide and make for easy cocking of the pistol. The oversized slide stop release is easy to manipulate. The slide and barrel have a Melonite finish.

Melonite Finish

Springfield Armory has been providing a Melonite finish since 2006. Melonite is an anti-corrosion process. It is different from a Duracoat or Cerakote finish. Melonite isn’t sprayed or baked onto the gun. It is an extremely hard finish that is produced by a controlled chemical reaction.

Striker Status Indicator

springfield armory xd tactical 9mm striker indicator

The XD Tactical is a single-action pistol. The gun can’t be fired by simply pulling the trigger. It must be cocked with a round in the chamber. Each time a round is fired, the next round will be chambered and the gun will be cocked. The term “Striker Fired” means that the trigger only drops the hammer. The striker status indicator is located on the rear of the slide. The metal bead will be protruding when the pistol is cocked.

Loaded Indicator

springfield armory xd tactical loaded indicator

The loaded indicator is a metal tab located on the top of the slide. It is slightly raised when the pistol is loaded.


The trigger is named the Ultra Safety Assurance system by Springfield Armory. The trigger consists of two separate levers that must be pulled together (in addition to the grip safety) in order for the gun to be fired.

Other Features

Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm has an ambidextrous magazine release button. It is easily manipulated by either hand. The reloading of magazines is quick and easy. There is a grip safety similar to a 1911. The grips on the XD Tactical are actually angled similar to a 1911. This ensures a firm and comfortable hold of the pistol.  There is a dual recoil spring and a full length guide rod.

XD Tactical Gear Package


springfield armory xd tactical 9mm holster


Magazine Pouch

springfield armory xd tactical 9mm magazine pouch


Magazine Loader


springfield armory xd tactical 9mm mag loader

Springfield Armory offers another option when purchasing the pistol. You can get the XD Tactical Gear Package. It adds about sixty dollars to the price and consists of a holster, magazine pouch, and magazine loader. This package is good for the range.

Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm Specifications

  • Model: XD 9401
  • Action: Single
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10/16
  • Barrel: Hammered Forge Steel/ 5 inches
  • Sights:  Dovetailed Front/ Rear, 3-Dot
  • Trigger: 5.5-7 pounds
  • Frame: Black Polymer
  • Slide: Forged Steel
  • Length: 8.3 inches
  • Height: 5.5 inches
  • Weight( unloaded): 29 ounces
  • MSRP (pistol only): $539
  • MSRP (XD Gear Package): $599

Springfield Armory XD Tactical 9mm Conclusion

The XD Tactical is a full-sized pistol that is made of quality materials. This semi-automatic pistol is chambered in 9mm and features a five-inch barrel. The XD Tactical is extremely accurate and easy to shoot. The Polymer and Steel construction blend lightweight with durability.  This pistol is a great choice for a duty or home defense gun. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.








Desert Eagle 44 Magnum Review

Desert Eagle 44 Magnum

The Desert Eagle 44 Magnum has been in hundreds of movies and television shows. Ask any kid that plays a shooter type video game and they will recognize this gun.  The pistols were originally manufactured in Israel. They were developed for the Israel Military.The model that I will be reviewing is the DE44CA. This is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in the .44 Magnum.  It is also California compliant. I know it’s hard to believe. It is available in Black or Polished Chrome.

Desert Eagle 44 Magnum (Black)

desert eagle 44 magnum


Desert Eagle 44 Magnum (Brushed Chrome)

desert eagle 44 magnum stainless steel

Desert Eagle 44 Magnum Features

The Desert Eagle is a big heavy gun. It is constructed of high quality carbon steel. If you have never held one, the weight will surprise you. It is a beast weighing in at 4.6 pounds. It is gas-operated with a rotating three lug bolt for positive lock-up.

Polygonal Barrel

The barrel is locked into place which makes this pistol extremely accurate. The barrel features polygonal rifling. This definitely reduces barrel wear and allows for easy cleaning. It also helps contribute to the accuracy of the pistol. The polygonal barrel will increase bullet velocities and performance.

The Desert Eagle is intended for two-handed shooting. The grips are large and set at a comfortable angle. The anatomically formed grip allows the shooter to maintain a firm hold during live fire.

Ambidextrous Safety

desert eagle 44 mmagnum safety

The safety controls are ambidextrous. The controls are large and can be easily manipulated. When the safety is engaged, it blocks the firing pin. It disconnects the trigger bar from the sear at the same time. The slide lever is also large and the pistol will lock out when empty.

Desert Eagle 44 Magnum Specifications

  • Model: DE44CA
  • Caliber: .44 Magnum
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Action: Single
  • Barrel: 6 inches
  • Overall Length: 10.75 inches
  • Height: 6.25 inches
  • Width: 1.25 inches
  • Weight (unloaded): 4.6 pounds
  • Trigger: 4 pounds
  • Sights: Combat/ Fixed
  • MSRP (Black): $1630
  • MSRP (Brushed Chrome): $1943

Desert Eagle 44 Magnum Conclusion

The Desert Eagle 44 Magnum is an epic pistol made famous in movies and video games. This is a large semi-automatic pistol chambered in the goliath .44 Magnum. This is an accurate durable pistol. This big gun is easy to operate and shoot. If you’re looking for that cool factor or a pistol that will stop anything on this planet. This is the pistol you must have. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.