Colt Defender 45
The Colt Defender is a semi-automatic pistol that is available in 9mm and .45 ACP. This is a small powerful pistol that is an excellent choice for concealed carry. It comes standard with many tactical features including Novak sights and a upswept beavertail grip safety. I will be reviewing the Model 07000D. It is chambered in .45 ACP and California compliant.
Colt Defender 45 Features
The first thing that I noticed were the large grips. This is a small pistol but the grips are full size. This is a nice feature on a smaller sized pistol. The grips are textured rubber with finger grooves. The pistol is comfortable to hold and maintain a firm grip.
The Defender is equipped with Novak low mount carry sights. They allow you to easily draw your concealed pistol. The sights are snag-free and are the traditional 3-dot. The sights are large and easily seen. They provide a quick target acquisition.
The upswept beaver tail is large and a welcomed feature. It allows the pistol to fit snugly in your hand. It also reduces the felt recoil and allows for easier operation.
The pistol has a lowered and flared ejection port. This style port allows for clean ejection of casings. It also prevents malfunction like a stove-pipe jam.
The frame is constructed of aluminum alloy with a stainless steel slide. There is a teflon coating to prevent corrosion. The skeletonized trigger is smooth and crisp. The large beveled magazine well allows for quick reloading.
Colt Defender 45 Specifications
- Model: 07000D
- Caliber: .45 ACP
- Action: Single
- Barrel: 3 inches
- Capacity: 7+1
- Sights: Novak
- Grips: Hogue/ Rubber Wrap Around
- Hammer: Enhanced
- Trigger: Aluminum
- Overall Length: 6.75 inches
- Weight: 24 ounces
- MSRP: $973
Colt Defender 45 Conclusion
The Colt Defender is an accurate and reliable workhorse. This is a quality pistol. The Model 07000D is chambered in the man-stopping .45 ACP. The large grips and standard tactical features make this the perfect concealed carry pistol. The MSRP is $973 but you can find one for around $800. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Smith and Wesson 500
The Smith and Wesson 500 is a beast of a revolver. It is chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. This is the most powerful production revolver in the world. It is built on Smith and Wesson’s massive X-Frame. The Model 170231/A is California compliant.
Smith and Wesson 500 History
The gunsmiths and engineers at Smith and Wesson wanted to deliver maximum power for serious handgun hunters. In 2003, they accomplished this with the Model 500 which was the most powerful production revolver in the world. They created this pistol from the ground up. The pistol was hand cut and fine tuned into this masterpiece.
Smith and Wesson 500 Features
Barrel and choke compensator
The Model 500 has a 10.5 inch barrel. The front sight is an orange dovetailed ramp and the rear sight is a white outline. The rear sight is adjustable. There is also a choke compensator. This will assist in dispersing the gas and lessen the muzzle lift.
Cylinder and hammer
The cylinder is constructed of steel and holds 5 rounds. The hammer is a chrome tear drop style with a pinned sear. The revolver can be fired in single or double action. Many shooters prefer to shoot in the double action mode. The gun is so big that you have to break your grip to pull back the hammer.
The trigger is chromed and features a trigger stop. The trigger stop assists the shooter with the proper follow through. This is essential for target grade accuracy.
The Hogue grips are large and made of rubber. The finger grooves and textured surface allow for a firm hold.
The Smith and Wesson 500 also features a Weaver integral rail mount. This allows you to attach telescopic sights and other accessories.
Smith and Wesson .500 Ammunition
The .500 S&W Magnum was designed as a hunting cartridge. Smith and Wesson wanted a cartridge that could be used to hunt any animal in North America. They did it and more. This cartridge can put down any animal on the planet. It can be purchased in a variety of grains (350-700). The .500 S&W Magnum is the biggest of the handgun cartridges.
Smith and Wesson 500 Ammunition Comparison
Smith and Wesson 500 Specifications
- Model: 500
- Caliber: .500 S&W Magnum
- Capacity: 5 rounds
- Barrel: 10.5 inches
- Overall Length: 18 inches
- Front Sight: Orange Ramp
- Rear Sight: White Outline/ Adjustable
- Action: Single/Double
- Weight Empty: 79.3 ounces
- MSRP: $1,599
Smith and Wesson .500 Conclusion
The Smith and Wesson 500 is the most powerful revolver in the commercial market today. This large framed revolver is chambered in the devastating .500 S&W Magnum. It can stop any predator on the planet, man or animal. This is a great gun for hunting or protection in bear country. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
The Glock 43 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm. It is a subcompact pistol that has a single stack magazine. The Glock 43 is lightweight and easily concealed. It is also backed by the Glock legendary reputation.
Glock 43 Features
The G43 has a single stacked magazine and holds six rounds of 9mm. Glock pistols are known to have wide grips, but this one doesn’t. The grip has a built-in beaver tail design. This allows the shooter to acquire a high and tight grip. The aggressive texture of the grip provides a non-slip hold. This allows more control of the pistol.
The G43 is constructed of the traditional Glock polymer. The polymer frame is high-impact resistance and durable. It reduces the traditional weight by a full 90%. It is also stronger than most metals.
The G43 is equipped with Glock’s Safe Action System. The system is made up of three independent safeties. These automatic safeties are designed to ensure the pistol cannot fire unintentionally due to inertia or any impact. The trigger must be moved completely to the rear to deactivate these safeties. Once released, all three safety features re-engage and the pistol is automatically secured again. The Glock 43 gives you confidence to safely carry it concealed.
The Glock 43 is accurate due to the high quality barrel. All of Glock’s barrels are manufactured using a cold-hammer forging method. The rounded interior profiles allow for precision and consistency. The polygonal rifling creates a better gas seal. This produces higher bullet velocities and increased accuracy.
The Glock 43 features the standard Glock Nitration finish. All of the metal parts are treated with this finish. It provides a high degree of surface hardness. It makes the pistol extremely durable and corrosive resistant. It can stand up to the worst conditions.
Glock 43 Features Specifications
- Caliber: 9mm
- Barrel: 3.39 inches
- Overall Length: 6.26 inches
- Height: 4.25 inches
- Width: 1.02 inches
- Trigger: 5.5 pounds
- Weight Unloaded: 17.95 ounces
- Weight Loaded: 22.36 ounces
- Capacity: 6+1
- MSRP: $580
Glock 43 Features Conclusion
The Glock 43 is a sub-compact pistol chambered in 9mm. This pistol is slim and easy to conceal on your body. It has all the standard features of the traditional Glock pistols. The G43 is a great choice for an off-duty gun. It is also sought after by the citizen looking for a quality pistol that is easily concealed. This pistol is at home performing both duties. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Beretta PX4 9mm
The Beretta PX4 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm. This is another high quality product from Beretta. It is the perfect pistol for home defense or concealed carry. It is extremely reliable and accurate. The PX4 comes with a 17 or 10 round magazine ( Model JXF9F20). The 10 round magazine model is California compliant.
Beretta PX4 9mm Features
The hammer has a custom appearance. It is light weight and crisp. The lighter hammer strikes smoothly. This allows your aim to remain steady during live fire.
The ambidextrous safety is large and easily accessible. This is a rare feature on 9mm pistols. It allows you to shoot with either hand.
Automatic Firing Pin Block
The firing pin is blocked automatically. This gives you extra safety protection. A round won’t be discharged unless you pull the trigger.
The sights are the traditional 3-dot sight system. The dots are white and large. It makes target acquisition fast and efficient.
The standard Picatinny rail allows you to attach a variety of tactical accessories. They easily attach without any modifications.
Reversible Magazine Release
The magazine button is reversible. This allows you to shoot with either hand.
Beretta has always been known for having large grips. The straps can be interchanged to adjust to the size of your hands.
You push the button and the magazine falls free from the gun. The magazine reloading process is fast. This is critical in a tactical situation. The one-handed magazine drop enables you to put rounds on your target (threat) quicker.
Beretta PX4 9mm Specifications
- Caliber: 9mm
- Barrel: 4 inches
- Overall Height: 5.51 inches
- Overall Length: 7.55 inches
- Overall Width: 1.42 inches
- Capacity: 17 or 10
- Weight Unloaded: 27.7 ounces
- MSRP: $650
Beretta PX4 9mm Conclusion
The PX4 9mm is a reliable and accurate semi- automatic pistol. It is another quality pistol from the Beretta family. It comes with many standard tactical features. The ambidextrous safety and reversible magazine release allow for shooting with either hand. The Beretta PX4 is a great choice for home defense or concealed carry. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 Pistol
The Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 is a replica pistol. It is designed after the original military GI pistol. It is a traditional 1911 pistol chambered in the .45 ACP. It is constructed of high quality steel. This pistol is durable and accurate, which hasn’t been true of other military replicas. The Model PKZMA is readily available and California compliant.
Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 Description
This is an excellent replica of the WWII pistol. The 1911A1 has a parkerized finish. The finish is not only corrosive resistant but gives it that old military look. The sights follow along the same tradition, which are small. The front sight is a blade and the rear sight is adjustable for windage.
The thumb safety flange is large and easy to manipulate. There is also the familiar grip safety and firing pin block. The vertical slide serrations are deep. It is easy to hold and work the slide. The trigger has a finger cut-out and the beavertail is on the smaller side. This is just like the WW-II pistols.
The grips aren’t much to look at but have that basic military appearance. They are constructed of checkered plastic. Everything is authentic in appearance. It is also just as easy to disassemble as the original version.
Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 Differences
There are a few differences than the original GI version. The serrations on the 1911A1 are canted forward. The magazine well is beveled and the barrel is throated. There isn’t an US Army logo on the side of the grip.
Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 Specifications
- Model: 1911
- Caliber: .45 ACP
- Barrel: 5 inches
- Weight: 39 ounces
- Length: 8.5 inches
- Safeties: Thumb, grip, and firing pin block
- Sights: Front- blade/ Rear-Adjustable
- Grips: Checkered plastic
- Capacity: 7+1
- MSRP: $668
Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 Conclusion
This is a great replica of the original WW-II GI 1911 pistol. The Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 is constructed of high quality materials and reasonably priced. This is a great addition for a military collector or someone getting their first 1911 pistol. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Rock Island Armory Tactical 45
The Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 is a 1911 style pistol. This is a quality pistol at an affordable price. It is chambered in the popular .45 ACP. It is constructed of 4140 steel and a parkerized finish. This pistol comes standard with tactical upgrades. It is 100% 1911-GI compatible. Don’t spend a lot of money upgrading your 1911. The Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 has done it for you. You can even own one in California. The Model 51431 is California compliant.
Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 Features
The beavertail is more exaggerated and extended on this pistol. The extension will lessen the felt recoil and allows you better control. The gun feels comfortable in your hands. The grips are now constructed of composite rubber with the Rock Island Armory logo. The new grips are much better than the wooden grips on the older models. The newer composite grips are thinner and allow for a more secure hold.
This is a single action pistol. The trigger is skeletonized with a 4-5 pound pull. The skeletonized trigger reduces the gun weight. It also prevents trigger bounce and allows for a lighter sear engagement.
The gun features a full length guide rod. The pistol will operate and cycle smoother with the longer rod. It also extends the life of the spring and improves the barrel to slide fit. The Rock Island Armory Tactical pistol is easy to disassemble and reassemble. You don’t need tools to accomplish this.
The pistol features low profile front and rear sights. They are snag free and dovetailed. There is an ambidextrous safety and a grip safety.
Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 Specifications
- Caliber: .45 ACP
- Capacity: 8+1
- Weight (unloaded): 2.49 pounds
- Weight (loaded): 2.87 pounds
- Overall Height: 5.5 inches
- Overall Length: 8.75 inches
- Barrel: 5 inches
- Trigger: 4-5 pounds
- Action: Single
- Sights: Low profile/ Novak Style
- MSRP: $602
Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 Conclusion
The Rock Island Armory Tactical 45 is a superb pistol. This is a 1911 style pistol chambered in the hard-hitting .45 ACP. This pistol has all the tactical features of the big brands, except the price tag. The MSRP is $602 but you can find it for around $500. This is a great pistol for someone buying their first 1911 or doesn’t want to pay thousands for one. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Accu-Tek AT-380 II
The Accu-Tek AT-380 II is a relatively unknown gun to may people. It is a sub-compact pistol chambered in the .380 ACP. It is made in the US and constructed of stainless steel. It comes with two 6 round magazines and a lifetime warranty. The Accu-Tek AT-380 II is inexpensive with a MSRP under $300. This gun is durable and easy to shoot. It is also one of the few .380 pistols that are California compliant.
Accu-Tek AT-380 II Features
The pistol is constructed of 17-4 stainless steel. The 17-4 stainless steel is a martensitic precipitation-hardening stainless steel. It provides an outstanding combination of high strength and good corrosion resistance. This gun is durable and can stand up to extreme conditions.
The rear sight is adjustable for windage. The grips are constructed of textured plastic. The Accu-Tek AT-380 II comes standard with two stainless steel 6 round magazines. One magazine is fitted with a finger extension. This is appreciated if you have larger hands. It will assist in controlling the pistol. The other magazine has a flat butt-plate.
The manual thumb safety is large and easy accessible. The thumb safety isn’t the normal safety found on a small .380. It is a real nice feature to any caliber pistol. It blocks the trigger and disconnects the trigger. There is also an exposed hammer. This is a safe gun to carry concealed on your body.
You may not be accustomed to the magazine release system. It is a European style release that is located on the bottom of the grip. The magazines are easy to put in and take out. The finger extension is welcomed on a small pistol. It allows for a firm grip and greater control.
Accu-Tek AT-380 II Specifications
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Action: Semi-Automatic
- Frame: Stainless Steel
- Grips: Plastic
- Capacity: 6+1
- Weight: 23.5 ounces
- Barrel: 2.8 inches
- Sights: Adjustable Rear Sight
- MSRP: $289
Accu-Tek AT-380 II Conclusion
This compact pistol is constructed of a high quality stainless steel. It is durable and corrosive resistant. The AT-380 is heavy for a small pistol. The heavier weight lessens the felt recoil and provides for greater control. If you looking for an affordable pistol that is easily concealed, this is it. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
CZ 75 B
The CZ 75 is the most popular model of the CZ handgun line. The CZ 75 is used by more militaries, law enforcement, and security agencies than any other pistol. It’s constructed of high quality materials. The CZ 75 B is a full size pistol chambered in 9mm. It also features a firing pin block. The Model 01102 has a 10 round instead of the standard 16 round magazine and is California compliant.
CZ 75 B Features
The CZ 75 B features a heavy-duty steel frame. This full size gun is hefty but it feels good in your hands. It has that familiar feel of the Browning High Power pistol. The CZ 75 also operates much like the Browning. It is a recoil-operated pistol with a locked breech.
The CZ 75 B is finished with a black polycoat. The finish is durable and can stand up to harsh elements. The first shot is Double Action and produces the desired surprise break. The secondary shots are Single Action. The Single Action is short and crisp. The sights are the traditional 3-dots. They are large and make it easy to acquire your target.
The external manual safety and takedown lever are easy to operate. It is very easy to disassemble this pistol without any tools.
CZ 75 B Specifications
- Caliber: 9mm
- Magazine: 16/10
- Frame: Steel
- Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
- Barrel Length: 4.6 inches
- Overall Length: 8.1 inches
- Height: 5.4 inches
- Width: 1.4 inches
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Sights: Fixed 3-dot
- Grips: Textured Plastic
- Safety: Manual Safety, Safety Stop on Hammer, Firing Pin Block Safety
- MSRP: $612
CZ 75 B Conclusion
This pistol was designed for the military and law enforcement. It is a great choice for a duty or home defense gun. This is a full size pistol constructed of quality materials. The weight and balance of the gun reduce the felt recoil. The CZ 75 B is easy to shoot and extremely accurate. If you’re looking for a quality 9mm pistol at an affordable price, this is the gun for you. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
Bersa Firestorm .380
The Firestorm is lightweight and compact. It has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and performance. It’s a semi-automatic pistol chambered in the .380 ACP. The compact design makes it a viable choice for aconcealed carry. It is also California compliant.
Bersa Firestorm History
The Bersa company is located in Argentine. They are relatively unknown here in the US. Bersa won the contract for the Argentine Armed Forces and Federal Police. The Bersa Firestorm was modeled after the legendary Walther PPK pistol. The Firestorm feels like a Walther, but without the high price tag.
The Firestorm is constructed of high quality materials. The frame is made from aluminum alloy. The frame is lightweight but durable. The slide and other components are made from steel.
The barrel is mounted to the frame which makes it stable and accurate. The beaver tail extends far back on the pistol. This feature is greatly appreciated by the shooter with larger hands. It also aids in controlling the recoil. The Firestorm is easy to control and shoot.
The Firestorm has an exposed hammer and de-cocker. This is a double/single action pistol. The first shot requires a long double-action pull. This allows for a nice surprise break. The secondary shots are single-action. These shots are short and crisp.
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Action: Double/Single
- Capacity: 7+1
- Barrel Length: 3.5 inches
- Overall Length: 6.6 inches
- Height: 4.9 inches
- Width: 1.3 inches
- Weight: 23 ounces
- Front Sight: Dovetail
- Rear Sight: Notched-Bar Dovetail
- Finish: Matte Black
- Grips: Rubber Wrap Around Grips
- Frame: Aluminum Alloy
- Slide: Steel
- Safety: Intergal Locking System/ Manual Firing Pin
- MSRP: $320
Bersa Firestorm .380 Conclusion
The Bersa Firestorm .380 is compact and lightweight . The pistol is constructed of high quality materials and is backed by the Bersa reputation. The affordable price and reliability make this an ideal pistol for home protection or concealed carry. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.
The DP-12 is an intimidating looking bullpup style shotgun. It is pump-action with double barrels (side by side). It’s chambered in the popular 12 gauge and able to hold a total of 16 rounds. This rugged shotgun was designed by Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (Standard Manufacturing LLC). They are known for their legendary Winchester Model 21 side by side shotguns.
The side by side barrels are threaded to accept choke tubes. The DP-12 comes standard with the Tru-Choke thread pattern. It also comes with the choke tube wrench.
Choke Tube Wrench
The DP-12 features an inline feeding system. It has rear loading and ejection ports. The shotgun is equipped with two magazines that each hold 7 rounds. The large magazine shell release hooks are easy to manipulate.
The receiver is constructed from a solid billet of aircraft grade 7075 aluminum. The one-piece aluminum construction makes the gun strong and durable. It is less prone to malfunctions. The receiver has a thermal protective coating. The stock contains a shock absorbing recoil pad. This pad is spring-loaded. There is also a QR code towards the rear of the receiver. This allows you to download the manual and frequently asked questions.
The controls have that familiar AR feel to it. The ambidextrous safety and pump slide release is well placed on each side of the shotgun. The two Picatinny rails allow you to attach after market accessories. It comes standard with a co-molded rubber grip.
The shotgun is pump-action. The first pull of the trigger fires the right barrel. The second pull will fire the left barrel. The DP-12 comes standard with a composite foregrip. This allows for smooth and easy manipulation of the action. It will load a round in both the left and right chambers with each pump. The action is smooth and allows you to quickly put rounds down range.
- Caliber: 12 Gauge
- Barrel: Two barrels (18 7/8 inches)
- Overall Length: 29.5 inches
- Magazine: Two magazines (7 rounds each)
- Receiver: Machined from aircraft grade 7075 aluminum
- Total rounds: 16 (14+2)
- Weight (unloaded): 9 pounds 12 ounces
- MSRP: $1,395
The double barrels and bullpup design make this an intimidating weapon. The pump-action is proven reliable and durable. The DP-12 can be loaded with 16 rounds. The option of carrying a combination of buckshot and slugs make this a great choice for a home defense gun. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.