Reviewing Our Most Popular Guns

It occurred to us that we haven’t spent enough time talking about our highest selling guns. It is interesting why people buy certain guns, and leave others on the shelf. We decided to make a list of the guns that we move the most of, and discuss what they are for and why folks seem to want to own them.

H&R Pardner
H&R Pardner Pump Protector

Let’s start with the basics, if I could only own one gun, it would be a 12 gauge pump shotgun. These guns do it all, and the H&R Pardner comes in at one of the best-priced guns that we sell. Don’t go thinking that this is a no frills bargain basement shotgun. This boomstick has a tubular magazine that holds five rounds, and a ventilated recoil pad for saving your shoulder after a long day of shooting zombies, bad guys, birds or those unfortunate clay discs we all love to pepper in mid-flight. Like the Remington 870, the H&R Pardner has a cross bolt safety and steel receiver. To make the action nice and smooth, H&R included dual action bars to add stability when cycling through shells. The manufacturer also drilled and tapped the receiver so you can add a rail or a scope mount without the need of a gunsmith. The Pardner will get the job done without burning a huge hole through your wallet, and these days, that is truly a great thing!




Taurus 738 TCP
Taurus 738 TCP Semi Automatic Handgun

Let me get this straight, a reliable pocket gun for 200 bucks, really? Okay I’ll go with it. The Taurus 738 TCP is a great pocket gun for concealed carry, or backup gun, or if you are trying to fight your way back to a stack of AR-15s. This thing gives you have 6+1 rounds of .380 rock-and-roll at your disposal. With the optional extended mag, you get 8+1. The design is modern looking, especially with the Titanium slide option, and the controls are easy to access. I spent twice as much on my pocket gun and it does exactly the same thing, great. Well I’ll chalk that up to a life experience, guess I’ll be grabbing a Taurus too. For that price, I don’t think I can go wrong!





Rossi Model R85104
Rossi Model R85104 Revolver .38 Special +P

Okay you wheel gun fans, here is a great piece. The .38 Special is a time tested and reliable round. Now modern technology has graciously given us the .38 +P. Don’t think you can just load any old .38 caliber pistol with +P ammunition. If it doesn’t say +P, don’t. This one however, can handle the increased pressure with no problem, resulting in a far more powerful projectile, and higher lethality. The revolver has a four-inch barrel and holds six rounds of that new fangled +P ammunition. The rear sights are adjustable and the front sight has a bright red insert for optimal aiming. The rubber grips are very comfortable and your hand wraps very naturally around them. Wheel gunners will love the Rossi for its value. A low price and a hard-hitting round is a nice combination.

I.O. Inc. Polish PPS-43C
I.O. Inc. Polish PPS-43C

The PPS-43C (Pistolet-Pulemet Sudaeva, model of 1943 = Sudaev SMG) was born to fill the need for a weapon that is more compact and mobile than the PPSh-41, which was in use by the Soviet Army. The PPSh-41 was far too long so tank crews and paratroopers could not use it. Late in 1941, the Red Army issued a request for a new compact sub machine gun. The designer initially unveiled his new SMG in 1942, and the Soviets adopted it under the designation of PPS-42. The next year he refined the design, and they designated this final model as the PPS-43. The Red Army manufactured this model in significant numbers. Some historians refer to the PPS-43 as the best SMG of World War II. After WWII, it was widely exported to pro-Soviet regimes around the world, and widely copied. In more recent times, I.O. Inc. redesigned this historical firearm to shoot from a closed bolt position. The safety is located at the front of the trigger guard, and they produce the receiver and barrel shroud from stamped steel. The rear sight is an L-shaped flip type and is marked for 100 and 200 meters, the front sight is a fixed blade type and the barrel is equipped with a simple muzzle brake. This firearm is an ATF approved pistol, and the stock has no function since designers permanently fixed it in its folded position. This gun is a great deal for a sub machine replica with such historical importance.


Beretta Px4 Storm Type F
Beretta Model Px4 Storm Type F Semi Automatic Handgun

Leave it to the Italians to make something both functional and beautiful. I have to say, the Storm series of pistols are some of the best-looking handguns on the market today. Usually I’m one for old school styling. I prefer wooden hunting rifles, 1911s, and historical looking guns of all kinds. The Px4 Storm however, has brought me over to the dark side. The subtle styling features aren’t just for looks though. The rounded trigger guard assists in concealed carry, and picatinny rail under the barrel does far more than just look cool. The Beretta Px4 also includes a rotating barrel lock system. In English, this basically means that out of the box, the gun is very accurate. Several police departments in the United States have already adopted the Storm as their department duty pistols and more are sure to follow. If you want the next generation in technology and style, the Storm is hard to beat.

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