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Smith & Wesson, M&P Shield (9mm) Thoughts.
 
Finally got to put rounds though my M&P Shield today. More than impressed and happy with the firearm. When I first purchased it I cleaned off all the factory grease and CLP and replaced with FireClean, which is the only CLP I use.

350 rounds of Russian ammo, 1 misfire, no other malfunctions. A very nice subcompact indeed. There was noticeable improvement in smoother action and trigger pull after 100 rounds and just more refined by the time I got to 349 rounds. I ran three 8 round mags for today’s range. Also ran 100 rounds in quickly as fast as I could reload the mags just to heat up the gun as I put it though my function check. The trigger is nice and smooth, smoother than my Glock 19 or 21 but I don’t like the fact that the reset is not anywhere near as pronounced as my Glock’s, But I can get over than through training with the gun. I love the extractor, it really throws the spent casings like 10-15 feet away from me as I was firing. 

Sights are good, I prefer Trijicon HD’s as on my Sig Pro, but there’s are backlogged for now. My biggest gripe on the factory sights are the amount of light on the left and right, I like to have ample light like with the Trijicon’s, and there just isn’t much to my liking with the stock sights on the Shield. They are accurate though, no misses out to 40 yards in 10 yard increments without taking forever to get sight picture and fire upon the target which is a 12X20 2/3rd IPSC steel target. 50 yards and beyond with shooting slightly uphill and tall grass I was not able to make good adjustments to walk the gun in since I could not see where the rounds were impacting. I did manage a 65ish yard shot but that was luck more than anything. Recoil is easy to manage not much more than my Sig Pro or my Glock 19 as those have more weight to help. I do like the texture of the grip and how it goes under the trigger guard so you middle finger has a good reference point. 

My only true gripe is with the guide rod. The disk part that seats in front of the barrel, mine  has actually bent just slightly on part of it, I assume from the what I thought was insane initial spring tension the Shield had until I put all those rounds through it. So I’ll be bringing that up with S&W this upcoming week. 

But like I said I am more than happy and impressed with it. I don’t like nor agree with James Yeager on many things but I do agree when he said this is the smallest fighting pistol he would use. But overall it is imo a great carry gun, and very fun on the range to shoot also. Very slender and fits my hands extremely well and feels very natural like i’m not fighting to find that sweet spot with the grip.  Also if your LE, first responder, military and you go to the designated LE dealer as on S&W’s web site you can get quite a substantial discount on the Shield. image

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Ran TMACS “Set It Off” and “Turn and Burn” drills yesterday like 20 times each. Was a lot of fun, I like the idea of PT and shooting guns.

And yes Trijicon HD Night Sights are very nice pistol sights indeed!

Ran TMACS “Set It Off” and “Turn and Burn” drills yesterday like 20 times each. Was a lot of fun, I like the idea of PT and shooting guns.

And yes Trijicon HD Night Sights are very nice pistol sights indeed!

Love Pat Mac, never seen a El  Pres drill like this before. Can’t believe I did not find him until earlier this week.Ex Delta guys just making it interesting. Gotta take a class with him one day.

Steel Flying

Steel Flying

Taking a break from some range time down in the country. 

Taking a break from some range time down in the country. 

Well worth the 13 minutes to learn a thing or 2 of value. Simple and yet effective to improve not only speed but being relaxed and smooth.

Glock Thoughts

I get into conversation with friends on pistols here and there, some are fine with Glock, others just hate Glock for whatever reason, which normally isn’t driven by performance, just arrogant personal opinion. Why I chose to purchase 2 Glock pistols isn’t because of the hype associated with the name Glock. It’s the following

1.Fit and feel in my hands.

2.Performance record (not hyped up record).

3.Factory sights.

4.Price

5.Accessibility to parts.

Glock pistols for me when looking at the polymer guns are the route I went for the above reasons. Glock fits my hands better than Sig, S&W M&P’s, and the Spring Field Armor XD’s. And natural feeling and grip to me is important as it automatically gives confidence in the weapon. I don’t mind the glock trigger, I like it’s feel and it’s consistent pull all the way to when the shot breaks. Now obviously there are better triggers my Sig SP2022 has a better trigger smooth wise but imo that’s a minor thing that is irrelevant for combat shooting. 

Performance record, well Glock pistols have always been known to just keep shooting without cleaning, no break in period, any ammo they just keep going unless your purposely trying to find it’s breaking point. But I’d say pretty much all polymer guns now on the market are equal in reliability.

I thought the U shape rear sight was strange at first, but I have learned it make it easier for me to acquire the front sight post and get on target than the standard 2 dot rear.

Now price is always a factor for me, I’m not out here looking for a competition gun with the most awesome smooth trigger known to man, I want a combat pistol. Glock, Spring Field, and the M&P’s are priced relatively the same, and well Sig we all know anything German is going to cost more. But the Glock Blue Label program for military, fire, police, ems brings the pricing down to a point to where the others just cannot price match that low. 

Accessibility to parts and mags and whatever else is a huge reason. I noticed that the other makes, extra mags were much harder to find and more expensive along with accessories or whatever other parts your looking for. 

And that’s really my thoughts on a pistol, do I like the first impression when I hold it, is it going to run when I need it most, how much does it cost, can I get on target easy, and if I need extra mags or a different type of sight is it available everywhere at reasonable pricing. And keep in mind this is just my own opinions, we all have our own and our likes and dislikes.

Gotta love Jerry Miculek, no matter the firearm he’s gonna shoot it fast and accurate. Only Jerry is shooting a Barrett M107 .50 Cal from the shoulder as fast the the gun can cycle.

The thought of replacing my Sig Pro in 9mm with a 1911 such as this Remington in .45acp to accompany my Glock 21SF which is also in .45 auto is well a very good thought. I don’t know what it is with me and handguns, it’s like buying a rifle really doesn’t cross my mind that much. I’m considering ditching 9mm all together in just going .45 auto all the way. I just like .45 auto better it’s just a smooth round when it goes off recoil is easier to manage imo than 9mm. That and when a .45 auto round is about twice the size of 9mm well can’t argue kinetic energy there. I also have noticed that I love a full size gun and getting into compact or smaller I start to dislike the gun as it just feels too  small, and I’m not a big dude by no means but I like the surface area for my hands to hold the gun. Downside is the price difference in ammo as .45 is almost twice the price of 9mm for the same amount, but it’s how it is. But at the end of the day anyone whose American and likes their firearms I mean who wouldn’t want to own the Gov’t model, 102 years of kicking ass and taking names. 

The thought of replacing my Sig Pro in 9mm with a 1911 such as this Remington in .45acp to accompany my Glock 21SF which is also in .45 auto is well a very good thought. I don’t know what it is with me and handguns, it’s like buying a rifle really doesn’t cross my mind that much. I’m considering ditching 9mm all together in just going .45 auto all the way. I just like .45 auto better it’s just a smooth round when it goes off recoil is easier to manage imo than 9mm. That and when a .45 auto round is about twice the size of 9mm well can’t argue kinetic energy there. I also have noticed that I love a full size gun and getting into compact or smaller I start to dislike the gun as it just feels too  small, and I’m not a big dude by no means but I like the surface area for my hands to hold the gun. Downside is the price difference in ammo as .45 is almost twice the price of 9mm for the same amount, but it’s how it is. But at the end of the day anyone whose American and likes their firearms I mean who wouldn’t want to own the Gov’t model, 102 years of kicking ass and taking names. 

Gun Shopping.

Well my goal of finding a blue label Glock 19 Gen 4 to replace my SigPro 2022 in 9mm went out the window earlier this week when the only blue label dealer in this whole area for like 200 miles told me he’s back ordered until mid 2014 on any Glock and is not accepting any new orders. So I’ll wait on that one, the Blue Label program for those who don’t know is for Military/LEO/EMS, etc as defined by Glock on their website and only a handful of Glock dealers are chosen by Glock to be a blue label dealer. The savings is pretty substantial vs the normal consumer price so I’m glad to wait till the end of the year and see what’s in stock then.

But in the meantime the gunshow is in town this weekend, and I have been eyeing AK 47/74’s their seeming to stabilize on the market and the prices are coming down on those 2 rifles. Some of you who follow me and are into firearms may ask why not a AR-15. Well as much as I like an AR platform because it’s what I carried in Afghanistan so I know the weapon very well, their just still too overpriced IMO, and so is the ammo for it. 5.56X45/.223 is the cheapest I’ve seen currently is going to cost $750 for 1000 rounds maybe more to buy and have it shipped to me. 7.62X39 is $249-$280 per 1000 rounds so your looking at between $280-$310ish shipped to my door, and 5.45X39 ammo for the AK-74 is $189.95 for 1080 round spam can (Russian Surplus) so for $220ish I can get 1080 rounds to my door, or about $500 even 2160 rounds to my door as of current pricing. That’s a hell of a lot cheaper than .22 Long Rifle and that at one time was some of the if not the cheapest ammo out, used to be able to go to WalMart and buy 500ish rounds of .22lr for around $15 bucks last year plus or minus depending on your state and taxes.

Switch

Well I have come to the conclusion that I like things about my Glock 21SF more than I like those same things on my Sig Pro 2022. Yes one is full size in .45acp and the other is compact 9mm, but there are some design features I just don’t prefer with Sig. It is a outstanding pistol make no mistake about that, but my personal preference is leaning to another Glock such as a Glock 19 as a replacement. 

Ammo Prices Falling

I know I’m glad to see ammo prices falling, over the last 2 months they have dropped quite a bit and it’s almost down to how much ammo was 7 months ago prior to the shootings, only problem is no one has any stock or at least they are advertising not having any, but still let the prices come down, don’t pay outrageous prices.

Those who made their voice heard in New York, thank you all.