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Ruger LCP 380 ACP Pocket Pistol Size Comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | October 1, 2011

It would appear that Ruger was the first major manufacturer to take a look at the Kel Tec P3AT and realize the benefit and marketability of a small 380 ACP pistol. Thus they released the Ruger LCP to compete in the 380 pocket pistol market. It was and is remarkably similar to the Kel Tec P-3AT.

When the LCP hit the market it was nearly impossible to come by. If you were able to get your hands on one there was a good chance your next obstacle would be finding ammunition for it. The 380 ACP pocket pistols’ explosion in popularity along with the surge in firearm and ammo sales after the election created the perfect storm. That storm stripped almost every caliber from the shelves. However it was the 380 ACP ammo that was hit the hardest. Finally the supply and demand on 380 ACP returned to normal, and just in time as the pocket pistol market grew even more.

We are comparing the Ruger LCP with the following .380 ACP pistols:
Kahr P380
Taurus TCP
Sig Sauer P238
Kel-Tec P-3AT
Diamondback DB380
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 ACP Size Comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | September 24, 2011

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.

9mm CCW Comparison, Kel Tec PF-9 vs. Kahr PM9 Kahr CM9

| Comparisons, Product Info | September 8, 2011

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.

Specification Comparison:

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
Kahr PM9 4.0 5.42 .9 15.9 6/7+1 $786.00
Kahr CM9 4.0 5.42 .9 15.9 6+1 $565.00

Size Comparison:

Kahr PM9 / CM9 vs. Kel Tec PF9

Kahr PM9 / CM9 vs. Kel Tec PF9 Triggers Aligned

Additional information can also be found at:


How to load an AK-47 Drum Magazine

| How-To, Product Info | August 29, 2011

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13

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:

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 1

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 1

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 2

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 2

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 3

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 3

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 4

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 4

Step 4 – Continue the process above, the follower has entered the inner most ring, but has not seated itself yet.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 5

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 5

Step 5 – The follower has now come to a stop.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 6

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 6

Step 6 – This sounds stupid, but double check that the follower is fully seated.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 7

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 7

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 8

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 8

Step 8 – Feed those rounds forward in a counter clockwise motion

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 9

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 9

Step 9 – Make sure you rotate all three rounds out of the drum rings!

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 10

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 10

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 11

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 11

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 12

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 12

Step 12 – Continue by filling all the slots located on the middle or second ring.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 13

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.

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 14

Loading an AK 47 Drum Magazine Step 14

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.

Kimber Solo and Kahr PM9 – Kahr CM9, a 9mm CCW comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | August 25, 2011

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
Kahr PM9 4.0 5.42 .9 15.9 6/7 $786.00
Kahr CM9 4.0 5.42 .9 15.9 6 $565.00

9mm Size Comparison Aligned on Triggers

9mm Size Comparison on X and Y axis


NAA 22 LR Mini Revolver Belt Buckle Improvements

| How-To, Product Info | August 18, 2011

The North American Arms 22 LR Mini Revolver Belt Buckle that we have pictured is very close to perfect. It makes a great carry option that is extremely quick and easily accessed. The belt buckle holds the NAA 22 LR Mini Revolver with a rear clasp that locks onto the included grips. This clasp offers a solid hold and eliminates the cumbersome front clasp the other buckle has.

As good as this belt buckle is, there was some room for improvement. The only issues we improved upon were the small amount of rattle that came from the button and the actual revolver contacting the buckle.

The three improvements we made to the buckle itself are:
1. Placed the smooth side of Velcro tape under the barrel.
2. Placed a small piece of electrical tape just behind the cylinder.
3. Most importantly the O-Ring on the back side of the button. I/D= 1/8″ O/D= 1/4″ Section= 1/16″

We made only one improvement to the grips. That was to smooth out a few of the burrs on the grip notch just to improve the fit and finish.

A few noteworthy bits of additional information:
1. This specific model is still available at some retailers, but it is getting harder to find. NAA has changed the mechanism to use a magnet now.
2. If you have an older model 22 LR Mini Revolver there is a good chance it will not fit properly. Things to look for to recognize older models would be; a smooth trigger, smaller and smoother hammer, and/or cylinder without safety grooves in it.

.380 ACP or 9mm – Sig Sauer P238 or P290

| Comparisons, Product Info | August 15, 2011

Of all the companies that are manufacturing ultra compact .380 ACP and 9mm pistols, it is perhaps Sig Sauer that has made the decision between the two calibers harder than any other manufacturer.

For example, Kimber has the Solo in 9mm, but they do not even offer a .380 ACP.  Ruger does offer both the LCP in .380 ACP and the LC9 in 9mm, but there is a significant size difference.  Like Ruger, Kel Tec offers the P-3AT and PF-9, which also have a very noticeable difference in size.

Sig Sauer heats up the 9mm and .380 ACP debate because their P238 and P290 are nearly identical in size and relatively close in weight and price.  The million dollar, or $79, question is; 9 mm or .380 ACP???  Which would you choose???

As for the specs on the Sig Sauer P238 and Sig Sauer P290:

Make / Model Height Length Width Weight Capacity Price
Sig P238 3.9 in. 5.5 in. 1.1 in. 15.2 oz. 6+1 $679.00
Sig P290 3.9 in. 5.5 in. .9/1.1 in. 20.5 oz. 6+1 $758.00

.380 ACP Sig Sauer P238 and 9mm Sig Sauer P290



A couple semi-large market manufacturers do offer both a .380 and 9mm pistol with similar sizes like Sig Sauer, those are Kahr and Diamondback.

Micro 9 Pistols – Kimber Solo vs Sig Sauer P290 vs Ruger LC9

| Comparisons, Product Info | August 15, 2011

Concealed Carry permits, after the Obama election, were hitting record levels so it makes sense that there would be a big market for concealed carry pistols.  We saw the .380 pistols explode onto the market with the Ruger LCP joining the Kel Tec P-3AT to lead the way until the Sig Sauer P238, Taurus TCP, and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 jumped into the mix.  A few other players were the Diamondback DB380 and the Kahr P380.  The pocket pistol was a huge success!

However, many people felt the .380 just didn’t pack the punch needed for defensive purposes.  Oh, and there was also that little issue called “A MAJOR SHORTAGE OF .380 AMMUNITION”.  This perfect storm of supply and demand helped to start the micro 9 arms race.

For this comparison we are going to ignore the Kel Tec PF-9, but don’t worry, we will have the PF-9 in a few comparisons to come along with the Diamondback DB9 and Kahr PM9 and Kahr CM9.  For now we wanted to focus on three of the new mass marketed big name micro 9 players.  Thus, the Kimber Solo, Ruger LC9 and the Sig Sauer P290.

There are really so many angles you can take on this: size, price, capacity, etc etc.

We chose to create an image that compares the size and let you make the determination on price.  That said, the RUGER LC9 is MUCH CHEAPER, but also the largest of the three.

Quick Breakdown:

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
Ruger LC9 4.5 in. 6.0 in. .9 in. 17.1 oz. 7+1 $443.00
Sig P290 3.9 in. 5.5 in. .9/1.1 in. 20.5 oz. 6+1 $758.00


Ruger LC9 - Kimber Solo - Sig Sauer P290


Kimber Solo vs Sig Sauer P290 vs Ruger LC9
For additional information you can visit their respective websites:


A Justification For Match Grade .22 LR Ammo?

| Comparisons | August 12, 2011

Well, is there really a big difference between Match Grade .22 LR and Standard .22 LR Target Rounds?  If there is, does it really matter?

YES, there is a major difference, and without putting them head to head it can be easy to forget how noticeable that difference is.  For this example we used ELEY Match Grade EPS .22 LR and a cheaper .22 LR target round that we will leave unnamed, both of which were in packs of 50.

One thing to remember while looking at this image, we are at 50 yards, imagine what this grouping starts to look like at a greater distances.

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Kahr PM9 vs Ruger LC9 Pistol Comparison

| Comparisons | August 8, 2011

Kahr PM9 vs Ruger LC9 Triggers Aligned Size Comparison

The Kahr PM9 CM9 vs Ruger LC9 micro 9mm pistol size comparison images are rendered with the triggers aligned in one image and set against the x and y axis in the other.

A lot of people requested the Kahr PM9 to be added to our 9mm concealed carry size reviews. First up we put the Kahr PM9 which is the same size as the new Kahr CM9 up against the Ruger LC9. The CM9 is a cheaper alternative to the PM9. You can find additional information on the Kahr PM9/CM9 differences at kahr.com

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How-To check revolver timing

| How-To | August 4, 2011

The process for checking the timing on a revolver is quite simple.

For this revolver timing demonstration video, we used a Colt Python, which is known for having some issues with keeping the timing right.

This is one of the things you should always check prior to purchasing a used revolver.

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Smith & Wesson Governor or Taurus Judge Public Defender

| Comparisons, Product Info | July 26, 2011

For years the Taurus Judge was in a category of it’s own.  This wasn’t because it was so superior to the competition, but instead because there was no competition for shotshell revolvers!

Well a good thing can only last so long for Taurus.  Smith & Wesson designed the first competitor for the Judge in the shotshell revolver market.

Smith & Wesson has a history of quality especially in the revolver market, so what do they do when they design a shotshell revolver?  Well, simply put, they improve upon the existing options.  So what did they do:

1.  S&W Governor is .5 inches shorter in length compared to the most compact Judge.

2.  S&W Governor provides the additional option of .45 ACP with use of moon clips.

3.  S&W Governor most importantly made it a 6 shot revolver rather than Taurus’ 5 shot option.

So should we expect to see everyone buying the Governor from now on?  No, the Judge still offers many more models to choose from.  They offer the Judge at a lighter weight in ounces and dollars.  Their lowest MSRP is over $100 less than the Governor’s.  We also expect Taurus to hit the drawing table and come out with a 6 shot option.

Personally, the Governor does win in my book, but that’s solely on the 6 shot capability for now.

Here are a few size comparisons that we did on the Smith & Wesson Governor and Taurus Judge Public Defender:

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