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  • Taurus M380
  • Iver Johnson PAS12
  • Jimenez Arms JA32

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Taurus M380 Mini Revolver .380 ACP

 Last year Taurus introduced a new smaller framed revolver for personal protection chambered in the popular 380 auto round. The 380 round in becoming more popular for defensive carry and more manufactures are designing and selling semi auto pistols to feed the demand. Taurus took their years of experience building revolvers and debuted the first 380 revolver on the market.

 I have had a chance to carry this little revolver around for while and have put approximately 300 rounds through it at the range. First of all the specs:
1.0 Lb loaded (with 5 Remington 102 grain JHP rounds)
6" length
1.5" wide 
$345.00 (purchased through Mile High Guns)
The gun out of the box comes with 5 stellar clips, which I'll explain later in the at the range portion. It also comes with Taurus's keyed trigger lock system.


 I carried this revolver around in a Blackhawk size 8 IWB holster. This holster is the only one I could currently find that would fit this gun. I contacted several conceal holster manufactures and because of the newness of the revolver there is currently no specific holsters made for it. It carries a bit high in this holster for my taste but hides well and is fairly easy to draw. Hopefully somebody will make a fitted holster soon. I occasionally carried in my jacket pocket, which works but this is a little big to be a pocket pistol.

Some people equate Taurus firearms with junk low end guns. Years ago I had a Taurus .357 revolver and the quality was in the just ok category. The new firearms that Taurus is putting out are quality firearms that won't break the bank. The mini revolver finish is blued and is a 9 out of 10. The fit of the cylinder to the frame is excellent. The trigger pull is DA only and is stiff, but smooth. It has a fixed front site and a windage adjustable rear site. The bobbed hammer for carry is a nice feature as well. Overall this is an impressive firearm, quality made and worth looking into. 

At the range:
 The above and below pictures and results were obtained at 15 feet indoors, shooting rapid fire, single hand and double hand. I shot 3 different types of ammo for this review. 95 grn TMJ CCI Lawman, 90 grn  FMJ PMC, and 102 grn JHP Rem. golden saber. Because this gun uses the 380 auto round, which is a rimless cartridge, the use of the previously mention stellar clips are needed. The rounds are attached to the clips like a speed loader and then placed into the gun as a whole unit. These clips prevent the rounds from being pushed into the cylinder when struck with the firing pin and possibly not firing. I have talked to several concerned customers about this. Their concern is one of inconvenience not practicality. The issue raised is the difficulty of loading and unloading the clips, and not having the comfort of carrying more rounds on a daily basis. I do not know anyone that carries extra mags while carrying concealed. If you need to use more than 5 rounds in a defensive situation you have bigger issues. Loading and unloading of the clips at the range is not difficult, also the fired rounds come out all together as one assembly. The recoil is very manageable and it is easy to stay on target. I have had no firing problems or issues with this revolver. The overall grouping is 6" by 4". I shot this gun the way it was intended to be used, draw and shoot. Overall I would say the grouping is good from a 1.75" barrel.


 To summarize my overall impression of this revolver I will put it this way. I would trust my life with it and will continue to carry it on a daily basis. I like the reliability and simplicity of revolvers for carry over semi autos. This is of course my opinion. This is an inexpensive quality made gun that was designed for conceal carry. If you get a chance to check one out I would recommend it. 

Here are a couple links to a You Tube video review. part 1 is first impressions and part 2 is at the range. These are done by Pocket Guns and Gear.

Part 1

Part 2

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Jimenez Arms JA-32 

 In todays economy it would seem people are watching what they spend more than ever. Firearm sales overall have declined since the first part of the year. More manufacturers are introducing firearms that fit the budget of the spending conscious public. One of these in particular is Jimenez Arms out of Nevada. Jimenez Arms was started in 2004 and is succession of the Bryco and Jennings companies that produced inexpensive pocket pistols in the 80's and 90's. I will not get into the history and stigma of these so called "Saturday night specials". There are a lot of negativity around these types of pistols and what the public feels they were designed for. I would like you to take a fresh look from an affordable protection perspective while reading this review.


Lets start off with the specs:

Caliber:                         .32 auto
Weight:                         1 lb. 5 oz loaded (7 shots)
Dimensions:                 5 3/16 overall
                                     7/8 wide
                                     2 11/16 barrel length 
Finish:                          Polished stainless steel (chrome)
Price:                           $120 - $165 depending on caliber and finish.

 The firearm comes in a cardboard box from the Jimenez Arms. In the box is the usual items including a very nice trigger lock and an extra magazine. For a pistol in this price range an extra magazine is a bonus. The gun comes in a variety of calibers and finishes. The polished finish on this gun is marketed as polished stainless but it looks like chrome to me. The finish is good and overall out of the box the gun appears to be of decent quality.

 As I do with all of the firearms I get in I take them apart to clean them and to get familiar with them prior to shooting. Taking the gun apart proved a little tricky following the manual. A quick look at a video on You Tube and a little practice and this task gets easier. There are only a few part to the gun and the simplicity of the design is amazing. It is a single action only striker fire pistol. When a round is loaded in the chamber the striker is held back under pressure by the sear. There is no firing pin block plate built in to prevent the firing pin from striking the round. If the sear or detent on the striker should fail or wear the gun could be accidentally discharged. For this reason alone I feel the gun could not be used for conceal carry purposes. This is just my opinion and the safety conscious person speaking out. However the gun still has potential in other situations. An inexpensive gun to carry in the car, boat, RV, or nightstand is an excellent purpose for this gun. I would of course recommend that it be stored with a full magazine with the chamber empty. Overall fit is good except for one exception. Prior to receiving this gun I watched a video where a guy complained about the feed ramp on the .380 version. The feed ramp on this model had a few machining marks and a small catch that could have potentially caused an issue feeding. I did smooth out and polish the ramp prior to going to the range. This is the only modification I did and I do not consider it to be a detraction from the pistol. Lots of new guns require a little tweaking and polishing to make them more reliable.

 
 At the range I used 3 different types of ammo for testing. I used Fiocchi 73 gr FMJ, Remington 71 gr FMJ, and Geco 73 gr FMJ. All of these were round nose bullets. Jimenez Arms does not recommend the use of hollow point or flat nose bullets. Shots were taken from 12 feet for testing. This may seem too short a distance but if you have read my other reviews I believe in testing the gun in a way it will most likely be used. This is a short distance defensive pistol not a target pistol. This sights are very small and were difficult to see indoors. Loading a round in the chamber was also not as easy as other guns. If the safety (which it does have) is on, the slide will not go back far enough to chamber a round. With the safety in the fire position the slide has a small catch in it while sliding back when the striker goes over the sear to lock in place. Not a big deal but does take a few times to practice. You can slide the slide back and lock the striker prior to loading the magazine which aids in the chambering of the first round because the striker is already back and locked. A couple of notes to consider are that the slide does not stay open like some other pocket type pistols and there is a striker cocked indicator that can be seen from the back of the pistol.


  I shot around 50 plus rounds total through both magazines .This gun was 100% reliable with not one FTF or FTE. It was more accurate than I would have predicted. A fun little gun to shoot. The weight of the pistol makes the recoil hardly noticeable. What else needs to be said. An inexpensive gun that shoots accurate and is reliable.
 I think this Jimenez Arms is a great choice if you are looking for an affordable way to protect yourself. Keeping in mind that the safety concerns stated above and the fact that this gun is not designed to be fired every day, all day. I would imagine things would start wearing out sooner than on a more expensive firearm. In the manual provided with the gun there is a parts listing and I must say parts are very reasonable if you should need them. Used as it was designed for it might be worth a look, check one out and see for yourself.

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Iver Johnson Arms, Inc. PAS12 PG-RC

  Iver Johnson is a name that has been around the the firearms 
industry since the later part of the 1800's. The original company closed in 1993. The company was reborn is 2006 and currently produces 1911 style pistols and pump shotguns. Recently Mile High Guns acquired the newest version in their lineup. The PAS12 PG-RC is a Pump Action Self defense 12 gauge shotgun with a Pistol Grip, Rail, and Choke.



Specs:

Caliber:    12 Gauge 2 3/4" & 3" shells
Barrel:      18" matte blue finished
Receiver:  Lightweight alloy polished blued finish
Sights:       Fiber optic front sight
Length:      39.5 overall
LOP:          14.5
Weight:       6 lbs empty
Capacity:    4+1

 Iver Johnson shotguns are made by Armed Guns In Turkey. They currently have 9 different models. This particular model is unique in that with a push of a button on the stock the rear part of the butt stock detaches and you have a true pistol grip shotgun.

 Out of the box the shotgun looks very good. The blueing on the receiver is nice but marks easily. The barrel is chrome lined and the matte finish is very nice.  The stock is well made with very little molding marks. There is a nice and ample rubber recoil pad attached to the end of the butt stock. The slide release is a nice sized lever and easy to operate. Overall fit is good and tight, the action works good and the trigger pull is not to heavy. The dissembled shotgun is pictured below. Iver Johnson does not recommend taking it apart any further than this, so the trigger group stays in the receiver for cleaning. The forend is a nice solid piece of composite. The other design feature that should be noted is that the slide rail assembly is one piece and is quite beefy. I recently had to replace this assembly on my Winchester because of a tack weld failure. This seem a lot tougher.




 Before taking this shotgun out I tried to find some other reviews online so I knew what kinds of pro and cons other enthusiasts had noted. There was very little information about the brand in general and no info on this particular model. Others had noted that the shotgun was picky on ammo brands because of ejection issues. The other compliant was a feeding issue due to the angle of the shell entering the chamber. Knowing this I chose a variety of shells for my test.



Shells used:
Winchester AA 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz 7 1/2 shot
Estate 2 3/4" 9 pellet 00 buckshot
Federal 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz 8 shot
Remington 2 3/4" 8 pellet 000 buckshot

 At the range (the great outdoors) I put 40 shells through the gun. I loaded the shells randomly so I could see if any shells or combination of brands would cause problems. First off loading the shells takes a bit more effort than I am used to. The shells are a tight fit in the tube. Hopefully this will get easier with use. The fiber optic sight is nice, not as bright as other brands but still nicer than a bead in my opinion. As expected with such a light gun the recoil is noticeable, especially with the heavier loads. I tried a few shells with the butt stock removed shooting just with the pistol grip WOW. You had better have a hold of the gun if you plan to do any shooting like this. I would also get the lightest load you can when shooting this way. After 40  shells I had 1 light strike on a Federal shell. I reloaded it into the gun and it fired fine the second time. All the other shells fed, fired, and ejected perfectly. I have no complaints about the way the shotgun performed. The rail on the top did get loose. It is installed with set screws so I applied a little thread lock to them and tightened. The flash suppressor on the front is actually called a muzzle break and choke by the manufacturer. When shooting a pump action shotgun I don't think barrel rise is a problem. The accuracy and spread was as to be expected from an 18' barrel.




 Overall I think these are a well made, reliable, and yet inexpensive shotgun. Buying it from Mile High Guns would set you back $315.00. Not bad for a shotgun with all these features. Check out Iver Johnson on the web.

http://www.iverjohnsonarms.com


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