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Smith & Wesson has done a great job with the Bodyguard .380 ACP pocket pistol. They created a highly concealable and reliable pistol to compete in the extremely competitive .380 pocket pistol market. Doing your best to compare apples to apples you will see the Bodyguard is close to, if not, the best priced .380 pocket pistol on the market. In pricing this pistol you need to remember it comes stock from the factory with a laser.
Here is how it compares in size to the Diamondback DB380, Kahr P380, Kel Tec P3AT, Ruger LCP, Sig Sauer P238, and Taurus TCP.
There is a chance that the first thing you notice about these 9mm pistol options could be the price difference. What justifies spending, in the case of the Kahr PM9, up to $450 more than the Kel Tec PF-9? Well, that is an extremely hard question to answer. Both the Kahr and Kel Tec are good firearms. The size of the Kahr PM9 / CM9 is preferable from a concealed carry point of view, but even that can be argued based on your method for concealment. Let’s be honest, it really comes down to personal preference on this one.
|Make / Model||Height||Length||Width||Weight||Capacity||Price|
|Kel Tec PF-9||4.3 in.||5.85 in.||.88 in.||12.7 oz.||7+1||$333.00|
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This design was the first autoloading, recoil operated semi-auto shotgun. It was originally presented to Winchester by John Browning, but a deal could not be worked out. I suspect they would like to have that one back, as the Auto-5 became one of the most popular shoguns ever produced.
John Browning eventually worked out a licensing agreement with Fabrique Nationale of Belgium. They became the first to produce the Browning Auto-5. FN also produced quite a few other John Browning designs, especially his autoloading pistol designs. The Auto-5 shotgun was also produced by Remington as the Model-11 (Remington ran production for the US Market) and later Savage licensed it for the Model 720 and Model 745.
As with all FN firearms, World War II would interfere with the production of the Auto-5 shotgun, due to the fact their facilities were seized by Nazi Germany. At that point Fabrique Nationale moved production of the Auto-5 to the US. Remington began producing both models until FN was able to return production to Europe.
Outside the fact that John Browning designed the Auto-5, it’s hard to comprehend it being the first successful semi-auto shotgun ever produced. Think about this, the genius of his design was manufactured for nearly 100 years, without changing the fundamental design. Now look at the iPad “1”, it lasted maybe one year before the iPad 2 was able to improve upon the ORIGINAL design and I hear an iPad 3 is on it’s way…
To wrap it up, this landmark design earned John Moses Browning US Patent 659507 on October 9th, 1900. He had applied for the patent on February 8th, 1900.
The Winchester Model 1900 was a bolt action .22 caliber rifle. The rifle was only capable of single shot use. To keep cost down Winchester made sure to keep it simple and even made some adjustments to John Browning’s original design. The production rifle was capable of firing both .22 Short and .22 Long. The Winchester Model 1900 Single Shot 22 Rifle design was granted US Patent 632094 on August 29th, 1899. John Moses Browning applied for this patent on February 17th, 1899.
This design was the first model that FN ( Fabrique Nationale de Herstal ) produced in a very successful partnership with John Moses Browning. This particular pistol was the Model 1900, or M1900 chambered in .32 ACP. It was also known as the M1899 until some improvements led them to update the name. However, that wasn’t the extent to the naming of this pistol; it was also known as the Browning Number One and even the FN Browning M1900.
The most influential part of this particular pistol on the future of firearms was that it was the first to introduce the “slide” mechanism. Using the slide mechanism John Browning was able to create a semi-auto single action pistol. The Model 1900 was produced in Belgium and eventually came to total around 700,000 units manufactured.
The design was granted US Patent 621747 on March 21st, 1899. John Moses Browning had applied for this patent on December 28th, 1897.
This design was for a .30 caliber rifle. Knowing the time period this was in and knowing that the design was sold to Winchester I assume you could guess the mechanics of the firearm. Like his other dealings with Winchester this design of John Browning’s was for a lever action rifle. Like the Winchester Model 1895 this used a box magazine. The design is more compact than the 1885, but the same movement away from the tube magazines, which was due to an increase in the size and power of the rounds to be used. Unfortunately, Winchester did not manufacture this design. Regardless, the design earned John Moses Browning US Patent 619132 on February 7th, 1899, almost one year after applying for it on February 21st, 1898.
Once you understand the basic design concepts of the AK-47 Drum Magazine it will make the process of loading one extremely simple. The images will take you step by step through loading the Drum Mag and we have also included an instructional video on loading it.
Any time you open the drum’s cover to add / remove rounds or work on it in any way you need to release the spring tension first!
Be careful when pressing down on the spring’s tension release button! We recommend using an instrument that keeps your fingers away from the rotating metal prongs. If there is tension on the spring these prongs rotate fast and will cut you.
Step by step pictures for loading the AK Drum:
Step 1 – Release tension from the spring by pushing down center post. DO NOT USE YOUR FINGER! If you watch the video you will notice that we use the handle on a pair of metal scissors to press the tension release. The importance of not using your finger is that if there is tension two metal spurs will release quickly and rotate just below your finger. Chances are good those spurs will cut you.
Step 2 – Locate the follower, in this picture the follower is located in the outer most ring of the drum. If you inspect the design of the drum you will notice there are three rings or levels that feed from the center out. Since the tension was released in step 1 it is now safe to use your finger. You will need to push down on the center post and start rotating the follower in a clockwise direction.
Step 3 – Continue to press down on the tension release button and rotate the follower clockwise. You will notice it has entered the middle ring of the AK Drum in this picture.
Step 4 – Continue the process above, the follower has entered the inner most ring, but has not seated itself yet.
Step 5 – The follower has now come to a stop.
Step 6 – This sounds stupid, but double check that the follower is fully seated.
Step 7 – Load three rounds into the drum. Use the image as a reference for the location of those rounds. The first two rounds fit in the double slot and the third in it’s own private slot.
Step 8 – Feed those rounds forward in a counter clockwise motion
Step 9 – Make sure you rotate all three rounds out of the drum rings!
Step 10 – Once those rounds are seated you will press down on the tension release button again and rotate the follower clockwise back into the fully seated position. Make sure the rounds do not come back into the drum. Once the follower is fully seated you will see there is a tab that actually blocks those three rounds from dropping back into the drum.
Step 11 – Proceed by filling the outer most ring of the AK drum making sure not to skip any slots or wholes. If for any reason you did not want to fill the drum to capacity you could stop here and skip to step 14.
Step 12 – Continue by filling all the slots located on the middle or second ring.
Step 13 – Fill the inner most ring. You will notice that the follower takes the final position. Double check that your follower is acting as the final round and that drum looks like this.
Step 14 – With the final step you can choose one of two options. If you are planning on storing the drum you should only close the cover and snap the clasps shut. On the other hand if you are going to shoot your AK using the drum you will need to close the cover, snap the clasps shut, and start rotating the tension knob clockwise. Once you have the drum fully tensioned you are done.
This Lever Action rifle was designed by John Browning and purchased by Winchester. It was designed around a .236 caliber round. Unfortunately, Winchester never produced this design. Regardless, it did receive US Patent 599595 on February 22nd, 1898. John Moses Browning had applied for this patent on May 5th, 1897.
The Kahr PM9 was micro 9 pocket pistol before micro 9 pocket pistol was cool… After the huge boom in popularity of .380 ACP pocket pistols we saw demand for .380 ACP exceed production for both ammo and arms. Take that and throw in our constant desire for more stopping power and you get the micro 9 concealed carry 9mm market.
Let’s be honest though, how many of these 9mm pistols even deserve to be called a pocket pistol? I suppose it’s all relative and subjective and such, but last time I checked most of these so called pocket pistols have nearly the same print as a 1911. Given the choice, I would take a .45 or even a 9mm 1911 design over any of the micro 9’s that don’t fit the pocket pistol description.
Thankfully with all this said, the Kimber Solo, Kahr PM9 and Kahr CM9 actually went with the concept and did a fairly good job. They may border on being small enough to deserve the tag pocket pistols, but right now bordering is better than missing the mark. We have a quick comparison below for you to check out. One thing that might stick out is the $$$$$$ section. The Kahr CM9 gives you a nice little savings. The differences between the PM9 and CM9 come down to manufacturing processes, but the dimensions of both remain the same.
|Make / Model||Height||Length||Width||Weight||Capacity||Price|
|Kimber Solo||3.9 in.||5.5 in.||1.2 in.||17 oz.||6+1||$747.00|
This Patent was the final of four semi-auto pistol designs that were granted consecutive US Patent Numbers. This particular design was granted US Patent 580926 on April 20th, 1897. John Moses Browning had applied for this patent on October 31st, 1896. Patent 580926 utilized the .32 caliber round with a semi-auto blowback action.
Here we see the introduction of the popular grip safety that has found its way into many pistol designs since 1897. John Browning utilized the .38 ACP caliber round again for this semi-auto pistol. Another feature that was introduced with this patent was a locking recoil system. A quick glance at the patent drawing and you will notice this design stands out compared to his other designs. Colt purchased this design and tested it, but never moved forward on production. The design earned John Moses Browning US Patent 580925 on April 20th, 1897. He had applied for this patent on October 31st, 1896.
This design became the Colt M1900 or Model 1900 and later with very minor modifications the Model 1902. It was the first self loading semi-auto pistol manufactured by Colt and would become the foundation for most of the Colt auto loading pistols. It was actually the second semi-automatic pistol designed by Browning and purchased by Colt, but the previous patent never hit production. The Colt M1900 also marked the introduction of the .38 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) caliber round. In addition to the introduction of the .38 ACP, this design stood out because it was the first with a full length slide.
All of these features are seen in the Patent Drawings. This US Patent was granted to John Browning on April 20th, 1897 under the Patent Number 580924. John Browning had applied for this patent on October 31st, 1896.
This was the first semi-automatic pistol that John Browning designed. It used a .38 caliber round with a single stack magazine. That remained the standard magazine design until the John Browning Designed Hi-Power (Patent 1618510), which used a double stack magazine. He was granted US Patent 580923 for this design on April 20th, 1897. Browning had applied for this Patent almost two years earlier, on September 14th, 1895. Patent 580923 was sold to Colt, but Colt never manufactured this particular design.