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Tale of the Tape – Ruger LCP II.380 ACP vs. Beretta Pio.380ACP



Tale of the Tape - Ruger LCP II.380 ACP vs. Beretta Pio.380ACP

John Moses Browning was one of the most innovative and prolific firearm designers of the 20th Century. He brought many inventions to the firearms industry. Many of his designs are still in use today because they were so influential.

His greatest contribution to the industry was his development of semi-automatic or fully automatic firearms. He brought to market the Browning Automatic Rifle, (BAR), the Browning Hi-Power shotgun, the Browning Hi-Power and the Browning Auto-5 shotgun, as well as the highly-respected Model 1911.

His influence extends far beyond these legendary arms. However, a large portion of current products still reflect his efforts. The.380 ACP cartridge is a popular example. The man who introduced us to the legendary.45 ACP was also the one who brought us the diminutive.380 ACP round via handguns that were discreeter and much easier to carry.

380 Basics

The.380 ACP round, which was introduced in 1908, was made to be fired from the new Colt Modell 1908 Pocket Hammerless. The caliber was a hit and continued to be used by consumers and militaries around the globe for many decades.

Experts today consider the.380 ACP round to be an inferior weapon to the more powerful options like the 9mm or.40 S&W, and the.45 ACP. Even the most passionate supporters of the.380 ACP will admit that it is the best defensive weapon available.

Modern metallurgy, as well as modern polymer technology, has given new life to the century-old caliber. Pistols that fire the round are lighter, compact, and easier for concealment. Modern ammunition, particularly hollow-point rounds has seen a significant improvement in its terminal performance making the.380 ACP a more useful defensive round.

To get a better look at modern pistols that chamber for the.380 ACP I recently tested the Ruger II and Beretta Pico side by side for the “Tale of the Tape.” These pistols represent the ideal concealed-carry.380 pistol for today’s shooters.

Ruger LCP II

Ruger’s introduction of the LCP in the.380 ACP set the concealed-carry industry ablaze several years ago. Some thought the.380 ACP was dead. However, Ruger reopened the concealed-carry market with the introduction of the LCP in.380 ACP.

Ruger LCP II specifications include a weight 10.6 ounces (aided by the glass-filled nylon framework), a length of 5.17 inches, and a barrel length 2.75 inches. The LCP measures 3.71 inches in height and 0.75 inches width. The barrel and slide are both blued. The six-round magazine comes with an extended finger rest that allows shooters to comfortably control the pistol.

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The most important change to the LCP II is its inclusion of the single-action trigger (SA) instead of the double-action-only trigger (DAO). The LCP II is still a hammer-fired pistol. However, the SA trigger pull of the LCP II is very impressive indeed. My test sample’s trigger pulled smoothly and broke easily. It weighed in at 4.5 to 6 pounds, depending on where the trigger scale’s finger was located on the trigger or integral safety. It weighed in at 5.5 pounds on average. You really need to experience it to appreciate the quality of this trigger for a pistol like this.

An integral set of low-profile sightings is included with the LCP II. These sights are all black, making them difficult to pick up against dark backgrounds. However, they are definitely better than a groove or a front sight. The magazine release and slide release are both discreet, but they can still be activated easily without moving the pistol around in your hands. Ruger did a lot of texturing to the grip to make sure the pistol is secure. The LCP II comes with a magazine and a comfortable, well-made pocket holster.


Beretta Pico

The Pico is a micro-.380, just like Ruger LCP II. However, it has many design features that set it apart from Ruger. Beretta considered concealability when designing the specifications and feature list for this pocket pistol.

The Pico measures in at 0.73 inches wide. It is also the smallest.380 ACP pistol that I have had the pleasure to shoot. This measurement is possible because the slide release and magazine release are flush with each other. Pico is flat on both sides, with no protrusions. Other specifications include an unloaded weight 11.5 ounces and a stainless steel barrel with slide. The overall length is 5.1 inches. The barrel length is 2.7 inches. The overall height is 4 inches.


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Pico’s operating system uses a DAO approach. This means that every shot must be long and requires a long trigger pull. There is no way to cock the hammer for an SA shot. My test Pico’s average trigger pull was about 11.5 pounds. Some may prefer the heavier trigger pull for safety purposes.


Pico is slightly longer than Ruger LCP II, but it has three-dot rear and front sights that can be replaced. However, the factory sights are great for this type of pistol. The pistol comes with a durable, zip-up case and two 6-round magazines. The magazine fits flush, while the other is large enough to hold all three fingers.

The Ring

Both pistols were put through their paces with Speer 90-grain Gold Dot hollowpoints and Winchester 95-grain Defend HHP ammunition from Train & Defend. Both pistols performed flawlessly, with only 300 rounds fired between them.

Although the barrel lengths of the Pico and LCP II are very similar, the Pico was able to run faster with both ammunition brands. Winchester Defend rounds averaged 886 fps at 15 feet from the LCP II, while the same rounds from Pico averaged 914 fps. The Ruger’s Gold Dots were at 913 fps, while the Beretta’s was 923 fps.

The Pico has an excellent set of three-dot sights. As such, the first five-shot group at 7 meters was a 0.63 inch hole. Five 5-shot groups of Speer and Winchester loads averaged 1.62 inches. The heavier trigger pull made shooting a bit more difficult. This was compounded by my trigger finger getting irritated against the triggerguard, eventually causing a blister.


With average group sizes of 1.63 inches and 1.67 inches respectively for the Speer rounds and Winchester rounds respectively, the Ruger LCP II was nearly as accurate from standing rest. The LCP II’s basic black sight, which was difficult to see against dark targets, caused the accuracy gap. If I were to own this pistol, I would put some fluorescent paint on the front sight.

Ruger’s benefits include a smoother, lighter trigger pull and a larger triggerguard. These features, despite having factory sights, helped me stay on target easier and keep better control during quick follow-up shots.

The handling characteristics of the pistols were also different. The Beretta Pico is easier to conceal due to its smaller profile. However, the flush-mounted slide released was more difficult to engage making it difficult for combat reloads. Although the magazine release for the Pico is ambidextrous due to its small size, I found it difficult to engage the slide release without lifting my right hand off the grip and pressing the release with my thumb and forefinger.

Although the LCP II is slightly larger than the Pico’s, the slide and magazine releases can be quickly engaged without affecting the position of your shooting hand. I believe it is worth the sacrifice to have this operability under stress.


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The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol



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.

Integrated Compensator

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.


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AGP Arms PC Charger Brace



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.

AGP Arms

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

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

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.


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Mini Mamba – A YouTube Star With a Net Worth of $1-5 Million



Mini Mamba

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 mamba

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 mamba

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.

Red mamba

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.

Yellow mamba

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.

Blue mamba

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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