TFB Review: 1,000 Rounds On The Beretta 80x – Part I

The Beretta 80x was a major surprise when it was announced at SHOT Show 2023. The Cheetah line was pretty popular a few decades ago, but it seemed that the days of bigger-than-mouse-gun .380 ACP pistols were gone. So how does the 80x stack up? Is there a place for a pistol like this in 2024?

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Beretta Model 84? Tisas USA Unveils The Fatih B380

Tisas USA, a division of SDS Imports, brings back the iconic Beretta Model 84 with the introduction of their Fatih B380. The Fatih 380 comes with a black Cerakote frame, slide, and small components, a hammer-forged barrel, wood grips, and ambidextrous safety, the Fatih B380 encapsulates the iconic compact design. According to Tisas, this firearm stands as a tribute to the heritage of the original model while incorporating modern advancements for an enhanced shooting experience. The capacity is 13+1 (.380 ACP) and the MSRP is $479.99.

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TFB Review: The Italian Surplus Beretta 84BB Pistol

Beretta, the legendary Italian gunmaker, recently imported a large number of surplus Model 84BB .380 ACP pistols. They had served the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s rough equivalent to a DEA/CBP/IRS agency, for many years. Are these worth the money, or just a neat novelty?

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Baby Browning or Bougie Bust?

Welcome everyone to the 106th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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Beretta 84 "Cheetah" .380ACP Review

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves has gone pazzo over the Beretta Cheetah series of firearms. After watching “Heat” he decided he would buy a 40-year-old Beretta 84 Cheetah .380 ACP and review it. Was this a huge mistake or does this compact .380 still have gas in the Vespa 40 years after it was made? Only one way to find out, paisano – watch today’s ep of TFBTV.

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Federal Premium Introduces Three Calibers to Syntech Range Line

Expanding upon their popular Syntech Range line of ammunition, Federal Premium has added three calibers for your shooting pleasure. The Syntech Range line now includes .38 SPL, 10mm Auto, and .380 ACP. If you’ve been hiding in the woods and are unfamiliar with Syntech, TFB has written numerous articles to bring you up to speed. In short, Federal Syntech is designed (with the use of their Catalyst primers) to lessen lead exposure, which is one of the biggest health risks involved with shooting. All three calibers use the TSJ polymer jacket to keep metal fouling to a minimum. To further the cause of safe range ammo, the bullets themselves are designed to minimize splashback from steel targets.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to conceal.  I’ve mentioned my usage of the LCP for the Concealed Carry Corner article on running HERE.  Texas Governor Rick Perry used his LCP to shoot a Coyote that was sizing up his dog.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: GLOCK, All Models (-1)

The Glock pistol hardly needs an introduction.  Its place in the pistol market has been firmly established over the last three decades between military, police and civilian usage.  It’s been said that 65 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States issue Glocks.  I have carried three different Glocks through my career and I’ve been very satisfied with the accuracy, simplicity and ease of maintenance the Glock design provides.  The aftermarket for Glock pistols is one of, if not the strongest for any one firearm.  Even for the aftermarket guns that aren’t Glocks, they are still based on the simple Glock design.

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Now Shipping – SIG SAUER Spartan II Series Pistols in .380 ACP, 9mm & .45 ACP

SIG Sauer is known for producing solid metal framed firearms in an assortment of attractive finishes and their latest of the Spartan II Series is finally shipping out to firearm retailers. The Spartan II Series is available in their 1911 Full-Size and Carry, and the P238 and P938 Micro-Compacts.

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Colors Galore! NEW Springfield Armory 911 380 ACP Variants for 2019

Springfield Armory has blown open the doors on the grip and finish options of their 911 380 ACP carry pistol! You now have your pick of 10 unique variations boasting different sights, lasers, grips, and finishes all while utilizing the same magazines and controls. These will surely be hitting retail shelves soon and we will see a lot from them at SHOT Show which is fast approaching. For now, let’s dive right in and see all of the color and feature options we have to pick from.

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TFB Review: Ruger LCP II-Small improvements to a small pistol make a BIG difference

I remember the first time I saw a Ruger LCP in person.  It was at Gunsite’s pro shop in the spring of 2008. Better built than the P-3AT, it won me over and became part of my regular hot weather carry rotation.  I have fired a heck of a lot of rounds out of that Ruger (approximately 3k) and it still works well.  Though it’s been a great little pistol for pocket or holstered carry while in running or workout clothes, I always thought there were two areas for improvement:  The trigger and the sights.

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Honor Defense Drops a NEW Line of Frangible, Hollow-Point Ammunition

In a surprising move, Honor Defense is now offering a line of frangible hollow-point (HP) ammunition to the public. Their immediate flavors are your usual suspects for modern carry calibers. Where a lot of gun manufacturers are now offering ammo, but produced by an outside party, it appears they may actually be making this in-house. The laundry list of specifications and quality surrounding this new line of ammunition can be read below, as presented by Honor Defense:

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POTD: Savage Arms' M1907 Pistol that Almost DEFEATED the 1911

It might be quite a surprise to many of you that Savage Arms used to make pistols. This dates back to 1910, but it is true. What also may surprise you is their short stint in producing pistols almost dethroned John Moses Browning’s now legendary Model 1911! The first pistol Savage Arms ever made was the Model 1907 (M1907)  which was chambered in .32 ACP or .380 ACP for consumers. That is the pistol we are going to take a look at here today!

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Welcome a New Member to the Concealed SMG Family: Meet Thomas the SMG

I am sure you’ve heard about the briefcases that are designed to house a firearm not only providing a concealment for the gun but also either linking the trigger to the briefcase handle or having a quick release mechanism. Perhaps the most known guns that have such briefcases designed for are the MP5K or  AKS-74U. But did you know that there is a new member in this family? Meet Thomas the SMG!

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Hauling Out! Springfield Armory's 911 .380 ACP Black Nitride is Now Shipping

Back on January 1st a new pistol was introduced by Springfield Armory to ring in the new year and it was their 1st .380 ACP ever! Then, on February 21st they unveiled some new iterations of that model with a Viridian Laser attached as well. Up until now, consumers have had to wait on the roll out of the Viridian Laser equipped models as well as the completely Black Nitride offering. Finally, the Springfield Armory 911 .380 ACP finished in Black Nitride is hauling out! Consumers should see them shipping to their favorite retailers at the time of this writing.

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