Taurus keeps turning out innovative new pistols designed to meet the needs of defensive handgunners. The company’s recent series of light, highly concealable pistols was launched with the introduction of the Model 732 and 738 pocket pistols that digested .32 ACP and .380 ACP loads, respectively. These compact autoloaders tipped the scales at a bare 10.2 ounces (empty), and tucked handily away in a trouser pocket.
The new 740 Slim weighs only 19 ounces and measures just 6.24 inches in length. It’s also less than an inch thick and chambers the same .40 S&W round many law enforcement professionals depend upon. That makes it a great choice for concealed carry, whether you use an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster or simply tote it in your pocket. There are no projecting edges to hang up during a draw.
While the 740 Slim is slightly larger and heavier than Taurus’ .32 and .380 pocket pistols, it packs a lot more punch. The .40 S&W loads it fires also leaves the 9mm in the dust. The .32 ACP throws a 60-grain projectile at 970 feet per second (fps) with 125 foot-pounds of energy (fpe). The .380 ACP launches an 85-grain bullet at 1,000 fps with 189 fpe. The .40 S&W trumps them all. In my test gun, Winchester’s 155-grain Silvertip load moves out at 1,156 fps. At 50 yards, it delivers more than 400 foot-pounds of striking force. That man-stopping performance is from the Taurus 740’s 3.2-inch barrel.
Both blued and stainless steel versions are available. The gun I received for testing has a stain-less steel slide mounted on a black polymer frame. It’s a handsome pistol that shoots and handles well.
The Taurus 740 Slim is a streamlined package that feels good in the hand. Controls are simple—thumb safety, slide release and magazine release
are positioned on the left side of the frame. The safety and slide release can easily be operated with your thumb. With your right hand in firing position, simply raising your thumb alongside the slide places your strong first joint directly over the safety. This provides fast, positive activation. The slide release is easily disengaged with the pad of your thumb.
ssing the magazine release button requires you to shift your hand slightly on the grip. The button is partially recessed and must be pressed with the tip or the first joint of your thumb. Trying to activate it using the soft pad of my thumb failed to generate enough pressure to release the magazine.
Oval indentions at the top of the grip and on both sides of the frame near the front of the triggerguard are a nice and practical touch. The indentations on the grip allow your thumb to be identically placed each time you fire the pistol. Called “memory pads,” the forward indentations provide a safe place to rest your index finger before you’re ready to fire. They provide a visual and tactile reminder to keep your trigger finger clear of the triggerguard until it’s time to shoot.
In addition to the manual thumb safety, the gun features a “trigger within a trigger” safety similar to that found on Glock pistols. The gun’s mechanism incorporates a striker that’s cocked whenever the slide is cycled either manually or during recoil. If the first round misfires when you pull the single-action trigger, you have the option of immediately pulling the trigger again, this time in double-action mode. This “second-strike” capability is nice. However, if I ever find myself in a life-or-death confrontation and the pistol fails to fire, I’m going to rack the slide to chamber a fresh round.
The slide can’t be cycled with the safety on, so it must be disengaged before you can manually chamber a round. When a round is chambered, a “chamber loaded” indicator pops up at the rear of the ejection port. This allows you to check the gun’s condition—visually or by feel—without racking the slide.
The gun also features the Taurus Security System, which allows you to make the firearm inoperable once you’ve locked it with a key. The system is inconspicuous, but if you’re like me, you’ll promptly misplace the key. The absolute best way to keep any gun out of the hands of youths or curious friends is by locking it away in a serious gun safe. That positively precludes accidental firing.
A six-round magazine gives the 740 Slim a seven-shot capacity if you load the chamber from the magazine, then eject the magazine and add another round. Witness ports in the magazine allow you to quickly check how many rounds you have left. A bright-orange follower lets you know when the gun runs dry.
Takedown is fast and easy.
First, remove the magazine, then cycle the slide and check to make sure no round is chambered. Pull the trigger. Move the slide 0.1 inches to the rear with one hand, then, using the fingers of the
other hand, pull the dual dis-assembly catches downward. Now you can push the slide assembly forward and off the frame. Remove the guide rod and spring, followed by the barrel. Reassemble in reverse order.
The Taurus 740 Slim performed very well at the range. I fed the gun three different kinds of ammunition and it digested them all without complaint. It’s unusual for any autoloading pistol fired new out of the box to burn through 150 rounds of mixed loads without a single malfunction, but that’s what this gun did. This gun was specifically designed for self-defense concealed carry, an application that demands dependable functioning. The reliability I experienced was comforting, giving me warm feelings toward this light, compact pistol.
I found the gun’s trigger action surprisingly agreeable. The trigger traveled some 0.63 inches before breaking, and exhibited mild stacking near the end of the pull. In single-action mode, the trigger broke at just 4.75 pounds according to my RCBS Trigger Pull Scale. The double-action pull was an even pound heavier.
As expected from such a lightweight firearm, recoil was controllable, but definitely on the snappy side. The gun required a firm, two-handed hold and serious concentration to produce good groups. I was careful to fire for accuracy early in the testing. This took some 45 rounds—three 5-round groups with each kind of ammunition.
As I continued firing in a reliability check, groups gradually became larger as my hands began to sting. The knuckle of my right hand pressed against the bot-tom of the triggerguard and suffered mild bruising. The palm of my shooting hand also appeared slightly bruised at the end of the shooting session.
I don’t want to give the impression this gun was truly punishing or hard to shoot. Recoil was roughly comparable to what you experience when firing a lightweight .38 Special revolver with +P loads. The gun’s 6+1 capacity gives it an edge over compact revolvers.
The 740 Slim is manufactured by Taurus in Brazil. I’ve noticed increasing quality in the guns Taurus has produced over the last few years. The .40 S&W Slim appears to be a well-designed, well-made firearm. It should have a lot of appeal for those who want a light, concealable handgun chambered for this potent, well-proven cartridge.
The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol
The new TRS Comp pistol from Nighthawk Custom is a full-sized, government frame 9mm double stack built around a match grade barrel and a monolithic slide. It’s built to compete and starts at $4,599.
The TRS Comp comes standard with a recon rail under the barrel and a dimpled rear cocking design that offers ample traction when racking the slide. It also sports unique dimpled frame and slide textures that match the grip pattern.
The TRS Comp is Nighthawk Custom’s first full-size pistol designed around a double stack frame. It features a 17+1 capacity and incorporates Nighthawk’s Fire Hawk compensator, which boasts a precision-designed port that reduces muzzle flip for quicker follow up shots.
This model also features a unique dimpling texture found throughout the slide and grip, which provides ample grip while being snag-free during holstering. The TRS Comp uses a 14K gold bead front sight that does an excellent job catching light, coupled with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight for quick target acquisition.
The pistol also features Nighthawk Customs’ Interchangeable Optic System (IOS), which is a dedicated dovetail machined onto the slide and allows for optic mounting with adapters. This system allows for an interchangeable series of sight options to quickly switch rear sights in a matter of seconds.
Interchangeable Optic System
Nighthawk Custom’s Interchangeable Optic System allows a user to switch from a plate with a traditional rear sight to a red-dot optic in seconds. This feature is especially beneficial for concealed-carry practitioners who want to train with a red-dot but still carry a traditional rear sight.
Nighthawk’s unique IOS system involves milling the top rear section of their slide to interface with an interchangeable series of sight options, including a Trijicon RMR and other red-dot sights. This low-profile system also incorporates a suppressor-height rear sight as a backup to the optic’s front sight.
The TRS Comp features a match grade 5.00′′ barrel on a government sized frame with a monolithic slide, a full-length dust cover and an integrated single-port compensator. This combination reduces muzzle flip and delivers faster follow-up shots on the range, a must-have for competitive shooters.
The TRS Comp is finished in black nitride for a sleek, durable look. The lightweight aluminum trigger possesses a serrated flat face and a gold bead front sight does an excellent job catching light, providing quick target acquisition. A Heinie Ledge Black rear sight completes the package.
Match Grade Barrel
One of the most important features of any match pistol is a properly fitted barrel. A true match grade barrel will have zero play in the muzzle or at the hood, and it should glide into battery smoothly without any drag or snag on the slide.
This is achieved by carefully fitting the barrel to all of the chamber hood contact surfaces and the lower locking lug. Once this is done it will have a true target fit and shoot groups that rival a 1911 handgun.
The TRS Comp is the first Nighthawk Custom model to be designed around a double stack frame, offering 17+1 capacity and using their integrated compensator, the fire hawk. The compensator has a precision port that reduces muzzle flip and helps shooters stay on target for follow up shots.
Unique Dimpled Texture
The TRS Comp is the newest addition to Nighthawk’s line up. It is a high-end double stack 1911 that packs a 17+1 punch, as well as a lot of style and class. It also happens to be the most accurate and durable gun in its caliber. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, from matte black to high-shine chromium. Its crown jewel is the aforementioned patented integrated compensator, which may be the best thing to happen to your sidearm in years. It is a real head turner, especially for those who don’t usually opt for the sexy gun. The aforementioned gizmo is accompanied by a precision designed port in the rear of the slide that reduces muzzle flip without sacrificing a hefty amount of power. The aforementioned gizmo features a matching name badge aft of the slide, as well as a match-grade 5″ barrel and a full-length dust cover with accompanying nifty-fun accessory rail.
AGP Arms PC Charger Brace
The PC Charger is a pistol chambered in 9mm, and it can take Glock magazines. It is very popular and has become more of a sought-after gun than the original carbine.
Many owners of the PC Charger equip it with a brace to give it stability. This makes it a lot more shootable.
Ruger PC Charger
Ruger’s PC Charger is a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) that combines the fun and utility of an AR style pistol with the reliability and accuracy of a high capacity AR. Designed to take both Ruger Security 9 and Glock magazines, the PC Charger is a highly customizable weapon that makes a great range gun or home defense tool.
Adding a brace to the PC Charger increases its stability and makes it more shootable. The brace can be attached to the MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol.
The SB Tactical FS1913 Brace is one of the best PC Charger braces available today. It is made of a polymer material that offers quick deployment and a lightweight profile.
This brace is perfect for a shooter who is new to pistol braces, and is looking for a compact and inexpensive option. It is also a good choice for people who are already familiar with the design and use of a buffer tube.
The AGP Arms brace kit for the Ruger PC Charger is the best way to upgrade the standard stock and barrel. The brace is the logical extension of AGP’s acclaimed pistol grip Gen 2 stock and handguard, allowing users to customize their pc charger to their own specifications. The brace is the brainchild of a dedicated team of military and law enforcement personnel, many of whom have been in the trenches for longer than most of us will ever know. Featuring a modern twist on a classic design, the brace is an understated delight. Its most prominent feature is a cleverly engineered gearbox that enables the user to rotate the entire gun by hand, and then lock it into place using a single pin. The aforementioned pin is mounted in the rear of the gun, where it is tucked under a protective cover for safekeeping. In keeping with the aforementioned design, the brace is also anodized black for a look you can be proud of.
SB Tactical is the inventor of pistol stabilizing braces. They were started in 2012 by Army veteran Alex Bosco after he designed a brace for his disabled friend so he could continue to shoot.
SB Tactical was the first to introduce adjustable pistol stabilizing braces. This was a big win for the industry and gun owners alike.
After getting pre approval from the ATF, they began selling pistol braces for AR/AK style firearms, CZ Scorpions, H&K MP5 designs, 1913 rails, and more.
The SBA3 is one of the best pistol braces on the market and offers 5-position adjustable adjustment, ambidextrous QD sling attachment points, and a Velcro strap to connect to your arm for one-handed shooting.
The SBA4 is another great choice and offers a sturdy M4-style strut, 5-position adjustable, and an integral QD sling socket. This is an excellent option for a Ruger PC Charger gun with a Glock drum, but it also works well on any pistol without a buffer tube.
Midwest Industries is a family owned and operated company that manufactures quality parts, uppers, lowers, rails, barrels, furniture and muzzle devices for AR platforms and many other firearms. They also have a number of innovative products and services that make them a great choice for those looking to upgrade their firearms.
Probably the most useful item that they manufacture is their Combat Rail Handguard in hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum. It features eight functional M-LOK slots and two anti-rotation sling swivels. Its hefty price tag might be a turn off, but its high performance and robust construction is well worth the outlay.
What you might not have known is that they also make the pc charger brace aka the FS1913. Basically the same as the name aforementioned but a lot more durable and the brace actually folds to a compact size for easy transport. They even include a nice looking sling with an integrated bottle opener to boot.
Mini Mamba – A YouTube Star With a Net Worth of $1-5 Million
Mini Mamba is a famous YouTube Star who has earned a fortune as a professional. He has a net worth of $1-5 Million at the age of 11 years old.
Mambas are venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which also includes coral snakes and cobras. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Black mambas are venomous snakes that are found in Africa. They can grow to up to 14 feet in length and are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.
They are very fast and aggressive, and their venom is particularly deadly for humans. It takes only about 20 minutes for a bite from a black mamba to kill a person.
They live in grassland, savanna and rocky slopes of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily diurnal and prey on small rodents. They have excellent vision and a highly developed sense of smell.
Green mambas are found in coastal areas of eastern Africa including Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. These snakes are venomous, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.
They are a diurnal species, which means they are active during the day. They also spend a great deal of time in the trees and rainforests of western Africa, where they live amongst the forest canopy and thickets.
This snake preys on birds, lizards and small mammals. Its venom isn’t as powerful as the venom of the black mamba or the red mamba, but it can still kill.
Green mambas breed during the rainy season. Females lay eggs, which hatch in about 10-12 weeks. Males seek out and compete for females by following a scent trail or by wrestling or dancing. These combats aren’t biting, but rather a way for the two snakes to establish dominance over each other.
The red mamba is a species of snake that lives in Africa. It is related to the black mamba and can be found in various countries throughout the continent.
It is a medium-sized snake that can grow to be 2 m long. They are mainly found in tree hollows and termite mounds.
They are very venomous and kill their prey quickly. Their venom is highly toxic and can affect the breathing, heart and muscle function of the victim.
They can also paralyze their prey, which they then swallow. They feed primarily on birds and small mammals.
The mamba is an African snake. There are four species: black mamba, green mamba, red mamba and yellow mamba.
The Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), formerly known as the white-mouthed mamba, is a venomous snake that lives in coastal regions of East Africa. It is found from Kenya south through Tanzania, Malawi, and eastern Zambia.
The eastern green mamba is a shy snake that avoids humans when possible and only strikes if provoked or cornered. Its habitat is fragmented in parts of its range and it is listed as Vulnerable by South Africa due to habitat destruction and deforestation.
Mambas are notorious for their speed and aggression, and they come in a wide variety of species. They are a common sight in Africa’s rainforests, and all have deadly venom.
Of the four types of mambas, the most venomous and dangerous is the black mamba. Known for its lightning-fast speed, erratic behavior, and painful bite, it can strike multiple times in a matter of seconds.
Its venom is highly neurotoxic and cardiotoxic, with fasciculins present to paralyze the muscles of a bite victim. The venom can kill a victim within hours of a bite.
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