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HK USP 45 Review


The Heckler and Koch USP is full size semi-automatic pistol. It is available in 9mm, 40, and .45 ACP. This reliable pistol is used by Law Enforcement Agencies all over the United States.  I will be reviewing the Model 704501.  It is chambered in .45 ACP and California compliant. The USP comes with a lifetime warranty.


hk usp 45


HK USP 45 Features

The USP is a double action/ single action semi-automatic pistol. It has a decocker and manual thumb safety. The safety and decocker are easy to manipulate.  The slide release lever is large and easy to find. The pistol will lock out when empty. The frame and grip are constructed of fiber-reinforced polymer. The grips are large and feature a textures surface and finger grooves. There is an integrated support rail.  Be advised this isn’t a Picatinny rail.

The HK USP 45 has a modular design. The control lever can be switched between the left and right side. The trigger can be adjusted to different modes. The trigger guard is oversized. This allows the shooter to wear gloves without interference. The barrel features a polygonal bore. This provides a longer life to the barrel and makes cleaning easier. The nitrate finish is corrosive resistant and can stand up to the harshest elements.

Contrast Sights

hk usp 45 sights


The pistol comes with contrast sights. The rear sight is a post and the front sight is a dot. When properly lined up it looks like a lower case e. Contrast sights make it quick an easy to acquire your target.

HK USP 45 Specifications

  • Model: USP-V1
  • Action:  Double/Single
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • Barrel: 4.41 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.26 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.91 inches
  • Overall Height: 5.61 inches
  • Sights: Fixed
  • MSRP: $999

HK USP 45 Conclusion

The HK USP 45 is a full-sized semi-automatic pistol. It is chambered in .45 ACP.  Originally designed for military use , it is made of high quality materials. It has passed all of the military’s strict handgun tests. The USP is simple to operate and extremely durable. This gun is carried by law enforcement officers on a daily basis. If you’re looking for an accurate and rugged pistol for on-duty or home defense, this is the pistol for you. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Cobra Patriot 45

Cobra Patriot 45

The Cobra Patriot 45 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP.  It is manufactured by Cobra Enterprise. This unknown company produces simple pistols with no frills. The gun is basic with no external controls (just a magazine release). This is a compact pistol for someone on a budget. A durable pistol at a low price. The Cobra Patriot 45 comes in Stainless/Black or all Black. Both versions are California compliant.


cobra patriot 45 black


cobra patriot 45 stainless steel



Cobra Patriot 45 Features

The pistol is made in the U.S.  It is constructed of polymer and with a stainless steel slide and barrel. The Patriot is only double-action and utilizes a  striker fire system. The trigger pull is long and around 14.5 pounds.

The magazine release is located on the left side of the pistol. This is the only external control. It has fixed dovetailed sights. The grips are constructed of polymer. They feature a deep checkering pattern. This provides a good non-slip grip. The Cobra Patriot 45 is easy to disassemble.  It breaks down like a traditional Browning pistol. No tools are required.

Disassembled pistol

cobra patriot 45 disassembled

Cobra Patriot 45 Specifications

  • Model: PAT45
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Barrel: 3.3 inches
  • Overall Length: 6 inches
  • Weight (unloaded): 19 ounces
  • Frame: Polymer
  • Slide: Stainless Steel
  • Action: Double
  • MSRP: $395

Cobra Patriot 45 Complaints

There are a couple of complaints regarding this pistol. There isn’t a manual safety or a slide catch. It won’t lock out when empty. These are minor and need to be weighed against the low price.

Cobra Patriot 45 Conclusion

The Cobra Patriot 45 is a simple semi-automatic pistol. It is durable and easy to operate. This is a good home defense or concealed pistol. The Patriot is chambered in the hard-hitting .45 ACP. If you’re on a tight budget, this is the gun for you. You can easily get one for around $300. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.






Colt Defender 45 Review

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



Colt Defender 45 Features


colt defender 45 grip


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 Review

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

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

smith and wesson 500 barrel

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


smith and wesson 500 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.


smith and wesson 500 trigger


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.

Rubber Grips

smith and wesson 500 grips

The Hogue grips are large and made of rubber. The finger grooves and textured surface allow for a firm hold.

Rail Mount

smith and wesson 500 top viewThe 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

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 ammo 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.


Glock 43 Review

Glock 43

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 pistol

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.

glock 43 polymer construction

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.

glock 43 safety system

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.

glock 43 barrel system

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.

glock 43 nitrate coating

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 pistol

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


Beretta PX4 9mm Features

Commander-Style Hammer

beretta px4 9mm commander hammer

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.

Ambidextrous Safety

beretta px4 9mm ambidextrous safety

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

beretta px4 9mm 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.


beretta px4 9mm sights

The sights are the traditional 3-dot sight system. The dots are white and large. It makes target acquisition fast and efficient.

Picatinny Rail

beretta px4 9mm picatinny rail

The standard Picatinny rail allows you to attach a variety of tactical accessories. They easily attach without any modifications.

Reversible Magazine Release

beretta px4 9mm reversible magazine button

The magazine button is reversible. This allows you to shoot with either hand.

Interchangeable Backstraps

beretta px4 9mm back straps

Beretta has always been known for having large grips. The straps can be interchanged to adjust to the size of your hands.

Drop-Free Magazine

beretta px4 9mm magazine drop

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

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

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

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


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.

rock island armory tactical 45 trigger


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


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

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 Review

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 pistol


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.