Archive for March, 2015

M&P Shield Review

March 20, 2015

I used the white nail polish trick on the lettering and bought an extra magazine for practice at the range.

So this is a review of my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I recently sold some handguns and the ammo for them. These were handguns I wasn’t using for the reasons I had purchased them. I am not a gun “collector”, at least I never intended to be. But when I took a step back I realized I was becoming one. I am a firm believer in having things to fill a role and that goes for everything. When it comes to¬†guns each gun I own has a role, self-defense, target shooting, concealed carry and just for fun. The “just for fun” category was overcrowded so I thinned the herd and replaced them with a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (M&P stands for Military &¬†Police). This is a very small gun but is chambered for 9mm. It is also available in .40 caliber but I decided that 9mm is more than enough if you have the right ammo and know how to shoot straight. This gun came with a 7 round and an 8 round magazine. The idea behind this is you have a very concealable handgun with the 7 round mag and if you need more rounds you can grab 8 more and at that point you no longer care about concealment. Now with 7 rounds you can also have one in the chamber giving you 8 and with a spare 8 round magazine you have 16 rounds. If I need more than that then the SHTF.

Let me state for the record that this is a very comfortable handgun. Perceived recoil is surprisingly light for a 9mm in a gun this size and speaking of size, for those who carry this would make a primary EDC for most people and a damn fine backup piece for our Military & Police brothers (hence the name). So I drove out to my favorite range (RKA) and the range was down after they had an alarm system malfunction following a thorough cleaning of the range earlier in the morning. So since I really had to fire this handgun I made my way to JR Shooting Sports in Aurora. I refreshed my memory as to why I hate going there. They are rude, expensive and the air filter system is a total bust. Needless to say I did not spend too long there. I sent 50 rounds down the pipe and called it good. Well actually is was more than good, the experience (shooting) was great. The gun has very nice sights so no upgrades are planned for that. Sight picture was easy to understand and follow up shots were good because target acquisition was easy because of the lack of recoil and great sights. Double tap with the standard trigger is a piece of cake since the reset is short and the pull is not heavy at all. The feel of the gun is perfect for me, nicely fit in my hand and my second hand knew right where to go. This was the smartest handgun decision I’ve made. This gun can be carried all day and you’d almost forget you had it. My only complaint is the safety. It is very low profile and took some getting used to. However, taking the safety off is easy and intuitive, putting it back on was the tricky part but I’ve never been in a panic to put the safety ON. I give this gun 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for an EDC handgun.


I’ve Been Remiss

March 8, 2015

Serious meets 2 of the 3 stooges!

I’ve been busy with work and my woodworking hobby. I’ve also been busy planning for retirement within the next 14 months. It has been both fun and frustrating. But more frustrating than any of that is the continued bullshit I see happening to my beloved USA. This clown that some of us call the POTUS is dragging us into the gutter. This once proud and well respected country has become the laughing stock of the world. Now it appears clear to me that our strongest ally in the middle east has serious doubts about our commitment to them as a nation and for very good reason. This president of my country is a muslim sympathizer if not a full blown practicing muslim. Now don’t get me wrong, he can be whatever he wants to be but he should not be a liar. It appears that he is nothing but a liar. He says he’s a Christian but it is obvious to me that he is not. His heritage is anything but Christian. He is certainly not a capitalist, oh no far from it. He is at best a socialist but more likely a communist. Now, amongst other things he wants to negotiate an agreement with Iran that would eventually allow them to have nuclear weapons. This is not good for the rest of the world because Iran is the largest sponsor of global terrorism. They want a caliphate and force the world to follow Islam. Norfolk & Way, pal! One evening I was pondering the possibilities of what might transpire in the next decade. I predict that Israel, not the USA, will become the saving grace of not only the Middle East but of the entire civilized world. Only a few years ago I would have thought we, the USA would wipe the majority of the jihadist terrorists off the face of the earth but with the help of the current Obama regime they are stronger than ever. God bless my country and God bless Israel!