I am surprised to be the first author who writes for The Shooter’s Log to pen a range report for the 9mm Beretta BU9 Nano as it has been available a little over two years. Perhaps it is because pocket 9s have saturated the market and we have been too busy reviewing others, but somehow I get to be the first to review it. Either way, I’m excited I get to go in without any influence from my cohorts.
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Okay, this one is interesting-a single shot derringer. Still with me? A single shot derringer in .410 shotgun. If that does not get the job done then you have two more chances with .45 Colt stored in the handle. Sound familiar in some way? Yes it does. Remember the Double Tap? and for those who really like firearms history, the Liberator, this will sound vaguely familiar.
The best gun ever made is the one you have on you when you need it. It may not be your first choice but as long as it goes bang in the right direction, to you there will never be a better gun made. The key to having that gun is that you will keep it with you; always…
It is hard to turn on the television, listen to the radio or talk to your friends and not hear of a recent attack in someone’s home or neighborhood, or an assault on an innocent person going through their daily lives. There was a time when these stories seemed random, while you were away on vacation, at work, or in those “rough neighborhoods.” They seemed distant and almost unreal. These stories have gotten closer to all of our lives.
With its 2.84-inch barrel and weighing only 10.2 ounces, the Taurus® 738 TCP is Taurus’ lightest pistol. Designed to be a quick-draw pocket pistol or a back-up service pistol, the .380 ACP Taurus 738 TCP pocket gun is also easy on your pocketbook.
Heizer Defense enters the firearms market with their .45 ACP or 9mm DoubleTap dual barrel pocket pistol. Backed by a team with a collaborative experience of hundreds of years, the DoubleTap is being marketed as the “smallest and lightest .45 ACP tactical pocket pistol” on the market. The DoubleTap holds two rounds in the chamber and two back-up rounds loaded on a speed strip that are stored in the integral grip. The patent pending roller-bearing mechanical double-action trigger has a 10-pound trigger pull that feels lighter. The 3-inch barrel is interchangeable between the .45 ACP and the 9mm. For safety, there is a visible loaded round window. A thumb latch automatically ejects the spent shells.
Customers have a choice between a base model constructed of aluminum or an upgrade made of titanium with or without a ported barrel.
The Heizer Defense DoubleTap is only slightly bigger than my Kel-Tec P3AT and just slightly larger than an iPhone 3G (which you can see a comparison of the two on their website, (http://heizerfirearms.com/Iphone.htm) but obviously packs more of a punch than my .380 or iPhone.
A deeply concealable back up weapon in .45 ACP or 9mm can mean the difference between life or death when you need to shoot at close range. The Heizer Defense DoubleTap also solves the problem of those of us (girls) who do not like to change our wardrobe for carrying.
There are many followers anticipating the release of the DoubleTap, and like us are anxiously awaiting reviews and firing tests of the Doubletap.
Heizer Defense is expecting to start delivering the DoubleTap to dealers in February or March of 2012.
Specifications and Features
- .45 ACP or 9mm caliber
- 2 rounds in the chamber, 2 back-up speed loaded rounds in the grip
- Either titanium or aluminum construction
- Ported or non-ported barrel
- MIL-STD finish
- Hammerless design
- Double-action trigger
- Interchangeable barrel system
- 10 lbs. trigger
- .665” wide
- 5.5” long
- 3.9” tall
- 3” barrel
- 14 ounces
- 100 percent made in the USA
Smith and Wesson has a long history of making small pistols for personal defense. The very first commercially available pistol using metallic cartridges instead of cap-and-ball was the rimfire S&W Model 1, a small pocket revolver firing .22 short ammo. While S&W went on to make some of the biggest and most powerful handguns in the world (as Dirty Harry would say), they never left the small pistol market. So it’s a natural fit that the largest handgun manufacturer in the United States would throw its hat in the .380acp ring. It is well known by now that the success of the Kel-Tec P3AT spawned a flood of .380 pocket pistols which continue to take the personal protection world by storm. I had to see what the fuss was about, so when I got a hankering to try one of the little .380s my attention was immediately drawn to the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard.
The Bodyguard features a polymer frame topped by a stainless steel slide coated in Melonite, the same coating used in the M&P series of pistols. The action is a Browning tilting barrel design that unlocks the barrel just like bigger guns, as opposed to a straight blowback like a PPK or Makarov. Sights are small, but they are there, unlike some competitors who don’t even attempt to put more than a useless little bump on the front of their slides. There is a safety on the left side of the frame as well as a slide stop that holds the slide open after the last round is fired, just like a full sized gun. The magazine holds 6 rounds of tiny .380acp ammo and comes with two floorplates, one that fits flush and one that is extended. The Bodyguard also features a gray button on each side of the frame that activates a built-in red laser mounted underneath the barrel. Pressing either gray button once activates the laser’s constant-on mode. Pressing again makes the laser pulse, and a third press will turn it off.
The Bodyguard .380 is tiny by my standards. I have an older model 5906 9mm and a new M&P45, so when I think Smith and Wesson those are the pistols that come to mind. Comparatively, the Bodyguard seems like a tiny scale model of a pistol that just happens to fire live ammo. Seriously, if you have kids you better be darn sure to keep it locked away from them– the chances of a child mistaking the Bodyguard for a toy are high, because it would fit a child’s hands perfectly. In a grown-up’s hand, the index finger goes on the trigger, the middle finger fits in the first finger groove, the ring finger fits in the second groove, and the pinky finger curls underneath the grip, even if you use the included magazine extension. I was concerned that the light weight and tiny dimensions of the gun would make it a real “stinger” to fire when I took it to the range.
Using the included hex wrench, I had previously adjusted the laser to coincide with the iron sights at around ten yards. I loaded up my first magazine of Blazer FMJ ammo, released the slide to chamber a round, activated the laser, put the gun on target, and pulled the trigger. And pulled the trigger, and pulled the trigger, and pulled the—BANG! Wow, that’s one of the longest, heaviest trigger pulls I have ever experienced. The tip of the trigger travels exactly a full inch inside the trigger guard, finally breaking the shot just as the trigger is about to hit the frame at the very end of the pull. To reset the trigger for another pull it must be completely returned all the way forward. There is no magazine safety, so the Bodyguard will fire with the magazine removed. An electronic trigger pull gauge says the trigger pulls at exactly 9lbs, 10 ounces every time. This is a true double action only trigger with a tiny little hammer shrouded inside the slide, and the first company to make an aftermarket spring kit for this trigger will see me tripping over myself in the rush to pull my credit card out for them.
Putting the Bodyguard .380 through its paces at a distance of seven yards resulted in surprisingly good accuracy, really only limited by the frustrating trigger pull. Supported, slow fire resulted in 2-inch groupings about an inch lower than the point of aim. For such a short barreled, tiny gun I was quite impressed. Felt recoil wasn’t bad at all, not bad enough to slow down my rate of fire in defensive drills. My hand did not sting or hurt as the gun flawlessly digested the fifty round box of ammo. The sights were useable and I did the bulk of my shooting using them, but while using both hands I found it easy to mash the grey button the left side of the frame with my support hand’s thumb, activating the laser. It takes a lot of pressure to activate the button, which is a good thing since S&W designed these guns for daily carry, and a button design that could be accidentally pushed while the gun rides around in my pocket holster would mean a dead laser battery in short order. The Insight laser is one of the major advantages of the Bodyguard—adding an aftermarket laser to your Kel-Tec or Ruger LCP will cost you an extra $180, but S&W just built Insight’s unit right into the frame of every Bodyguard.
Speaking for myself, the Bodyguard .380 is going to fill the role of “gun to carry when I can’t be bothered to carry a gun” and my trusty Glock 19 is left at home for one reason or the other. Using an inexpensive but effective pocket holster, I can keep the Bodyguard hidden on me at all times, and should I need it, I trust that it will function reliably with the Speer Gold Dot ammo I’ve chosen to carry. I also believe that I will be able to hit my target with an acceptable degree of accuracy at typical self-defense engagement distances. In short, the Bodyguard is earning my respect and trust. Now if I could just do something about that trigger pull…
When I was surfiin’ around our site for cool stuff, I came across these surprisingly great deals! Check it out!
Barska 6-24×42 AO Varmint Riflescope and 18-36x50mm WP Blackhawk Spotting Scope Hunting Combo
This long-range shooting combo includes the 6-24x42mm Varmint riflescope and an 18-36x50mm Blackhawk spotting scope.
The optics on the Varmint riflescope are clear and it will hold up to the recoil of a .223 Remington. It also has an adjustable objective for parallax correction. So go ahead and mount it on your AR-15 and blast away at those pesky varmints.
Wanna see your target clearly? The Blackhawk spotting scope lets you lock-in on your target and then clearly zoom in for details. The spotting scope includes a carrying case and a cleaning cloth.
The scope alone is worth $150.00 and the spotting scope on its own is $171.50. You get both from us for $89.36. So, for this price you have a helluva’ deal!
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 64190
Taurus 738 TCP
If you need a pocket pistol, I highly recommend the Taurus 738 TCP. The 738 TCP is the lightest pistol that Taurus makes. It is thin and super compact, making it ideal for pocket carry. It is polymer-framed and chambered for .380 ACP. It has a 3.30-inch barrel with an overall length of 5.19 inches and weighs in at only 10.2 ounces.
There are plenty of little polymer pocket pistols to chose from, but the Taurus 738 stands out because its slick feature of a last-round bolt hold open. It is accurate with a light trigger pull. The serrations in the grip give you a good grasp and even though it’s real small, it’s still comfortable to hold and shoot.
The 738 TCP comes in a variety of finishes, too, including pink and weird safety yellow.
Click here to check out the different styles of the Taurus 738 TCP we carry, extra magazines, and holsters.
S&W Micro90 Compact Pistol Light
You don’t have to spend hundreds for a good quality, bright light. The S&W Micro90 is a compact pistol light that installs quickly and easily without tools, and withstands your pistol’s recoil. The 90 lumens is bright enough to blind anyone. Unlike bulkier lights, this one is pretty teeny, so you can stash your gun in the smallest of places.
The light features an ambidextrous switch for constant-on or momentary-on and runs continuously for two hours—just in case you really need it on for two hours, but that’s doubtful.
This is PowerTech, Inc’s first intro into the weapon-mounted light market and I say they done good.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 64354
Avid Gun Tool Plus Multi Tool with Flashlight
The Avid gun tool is not your ordinary multi tool. Specifically made for shooters and gunsmiths, it has 18 essential tools you need for your rifles and shotguns. All the tools fold up into the compact frame, so you can dump it into even the smallest range bag with ease. You won’t lose any of your small bits again! The super bonus is a flexible bore light!
- Tools Included:
- 420 SS Claw-point blade
- Gun Pin Punch
- Choke Wrench
- Scope windage/elevation blade
- Torx drive: T20; T15; T10
- Allen Hex drive: 3/32″; 5/32″
- Magnetic 3/16″ driver
- Screwdrivers: 1/8″ flat; 3/16″ flat; Phillips 1 and 2
- Magnetic bit storage block with access door
- 5 extra hex drive bits
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Caleb Giddings wrote a brief review and discussed the details of Ruger’s compact LC9 9mm pistol when it was first announced in early January 2011. When we received our first shipment of LC9 pistols, we immediately took one out for testing and evaluation.
First, we took the new shooter to the photo studio and opened the box to see what goodies Ruger included with their new pistol. It was a pleasant surprise to see a Ruger-branded soft-sided case was included, along with the user manual and a magazine. A standard cable-padlock is included, as were two keys for the padlock and two more keys with the Ruger emblem on them. Further inspection revealed these two Ruger branded keys fit a child safety lock on the rear of the right side of the pistol. They are also necessary to field strip the pistol, so don’t lose them!
Ruger LC9 Functions
Ruger included a manual frame-mounted thumb safety on the LC9 that blocks the firing pin and locks the slide in place—similar to the safety on a 1911. The trigger pull is a consistent and silky-smooth double-action pull, with no double-strike capability. The slide must be cycled for the action to be charged. This was a bit perplexing since the LC9 is not a striker-fired pistol and instead relies on a mainspring and hammer.
The LC9 has a California-approved loaded chamber indicator which clearly displays unmistakable tactile and visual cues that the pistol has a round chambered. At first glance, it may appear that the chamber indicator might interfere with the front sight; fortunately a quick glance after lining up the white 3-dot sights shows it is low enough to remain out of the way.
The sights are a simple 3-dot setup with a windage-adjustable front and fixed rear sight.
The LC9 is equipped with a magazine disconnect safety that locks the action when the magazine is removed. The design allows the gun to fire if the magazine is at least partially inserted. This prevents the LC9 from being disabled in a firefight if the mag release is inadvertently engaged or the mag is not fully seated. The magazine itself is a single-stack design with a 7-round capacity. It comes from the factory with a finger grip extension installed on the baseplate to give you more positive control. You can easily remove the grip extension to reduce printing when carrying concealed.
In fact, the entire pistol has been designed for concealed carry. Ruger added a slide lock/release lever and a small, easily usable frame-mounted safety, both features requested by customers. With both a thumb safety and double-action trigger, and a total width of just .9-inch, the LC9 is perfect as a pocket-carry gun. The controls are low profile, and the edges have been given a melt treatment and rounded smooth to eliminate snagging when drawing from concealment.
At the Range
On the range, the LC9 performed flawlessly. Recoil was a bit snappy, though manageable, using 115-grain 9mm FMJ BVAC ammunition. Muzzle velocities averaged around 1125 FPS, which is just about right given the LC9′s short 3-inch barrel. The sights on most pistols this size are marginal at best, although the bright 3-dot sight system on the LC9 was instinctive and on target at 7 yards out of the box. Groups measured three to six inches at 7 yards, Given the long, double-action trigger and small sight radius, this is quite acceptable for little pistol.
Disassembly of the LC9 is tedious to say the least. Field stripping requires the use of the Ruger-provided key. If that is not available a punch, nail or other similar device works. A takedown panel on the left side of the pistol reveals a takedown pin, which must be alined with a notch in the slide and then punched out from the other side using Ruger’s special tool.
After that, disassembly is fairly straightforward. The slide pulls forward off of the frame, and the dual recoil springs and guide rod assembly are easily removed followed by the barrel.
Some have argued Ruger missed the mark with this gun by its incorporation of a plethora of safety features and controls. The fault, however, lies with the gun’s creators. While Ruger performed the engineering and design needed to put the pistol into production, the features incorporated into the LC9 were drawn from their “Voice of the Customer” program. California and other states with restrictive gun control laws make up a large portion of Ruger’s customer base, and the inclusion of a large chamber indicator and child-safety lock ensured the LC9 met the legal guidelines for those states.
Ruger CEO Michael Fifer commented on the genesis of the LC9 saying, “On the heels of the overwhelming and ongoing success of the LCP, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm. Delivering an American-made, compact 9mm that provides the same legendary Ruger reliability as the award-winning LCP, LCR and SR9 became our focus. Meeting customer expectations is our goal and key to Ruger’s continuing success.”
While some may dislike features such as the magazine disconnect and chamber-loaded indicator, Ruger clearly listened to customer requests. The overwhelming majority requested features that ensures the pistol is available and legal in nearly any local jurisdiction. With the typical attention to performance and reliability, Ruger has developed yet another fantastic pistol that is sure to appeal to anyone seeking an easily concealed 9mm defensive handgun.
Ruger LC9 Specifications:
Overall length: 6 inches
Barrel length: 3.12 inches
Height: 4.50 inches
Weight: 17.10 ounces
Capacity: 7+1 rounds
Rifling: 6 groove, 1:10 right hand twist
Check out a selection of holsters that fit the Ruger LC9
Have you taken the Ruger LC9 for a spin? What did you like? Not like? Share your opinion in the comment section.