The M&P 9 Shield has been very well received. I’ve seen so many people talking and expounding on it’s conceal ability. The only problem I’ve heard is the safety is too small and hard to engage. It’s not as easy to engage like the M&P 9s or 1911 thumb safeties.
Here’s Falia talking about her experience with the gun.
If you don’t like the safety, what options are there? S&W is supposedly going to release a new version that does not have a safety, but here’s a very simple instructional video showing you how to remove the manual safety. Obviously doing so will put you in all kinds of legal hurt if you actually have to use the gun one day, but if you don’t give a damn, it might help.
The better option of course is for someone like Apex Tactical to manufacture a slightly bigger extended safety lever that’s slightly thicker and longer. If I had some CAD skills I’d totally design it but I don’t. so here’s hoping they’ll make one quick.
Been wanting to be part of the cool-kids tacticool community by moving away from the Glock to the S&W M&P series of polymer pistols. Lots of great feedback about the gun, seen it being used in both IDPA and USPSA a ton. Also worked on a few guns for friends but never found a good deal until recently.
Picked up an almost new S&W M&P 9mm Fullsize (not the pro) with the box and 3 magazines. The grip is one of the best in the market, it’s extremely ergonomic unlike the other plastic fantastic guns (maybe except for the XD and the HK P30)
It also came with TruGlo Tritium Green/Yellow sights installed which I think are fabulous for self defense use.
Don’t think I’ll be shooting this in competition anytime soon, will still to my revolver and Open gun for the next season. The M&P comes with a less than desirable trigger as I’ve mentioned in the past blog post so a few upgrades are in store.
Here’s what I still need to get :
- APEX Tactical DCAEK (Carry Kit Trigger upgrade)
- Kydex Holster for M&P with TLR-1
- Crossbreed IWB Holster for carry
- Two Mag pouches
Just found a buyer for my Springfield XDm and traded it for a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II. I’ve been looking for an Ultra sized 1911 for a while now and just managed to find one.
It’s so small, light (about 25oz empty and 30oz loaded 7+1) and has an integrated Crimson Trace lasergrip.
It fits into my Landshark Leather holster (that was made for a Commander length 1911) perfectly. Time to start carrying this one
I’ve been looking for new carry ammo and after researching forums and videos on YouTube, decided to settle on the Federal HST 147gr 9mm ammo as my Glock 19 carry ammo. I can’t seem to find it anywhere, went to multiple gun shops around the Seattle Area, Eastside etc, none. I even tried online but folks online are price gouging and I had to buy like a case of it if I wanted one box.
Dropped into West Coast Armory in Factoria today and they had a bunch of em for about $30 a box of 50.
Here are some video reviews about the Federal HST 147gr :
This will be my primary carry ammo and my Speer Golddots and Federal Hydrashoks as backup.
If you carry daily like I do, make sure you clean your stuff every one or two weeks. I carry my Ruger LCP and a spare magazine in my jeans pocket almost everyday and it accumulates a lot of lint. This was taken after about a month of carrying this spare magazine.
I know a lot of you don’t really care about cleaning guns, but do check it once in a while to make sure that nothing will hamper it’s operation, especially when it comes to magazines for a semi-auto, as it is widely known to be the primary source of failure.
This is by far the HARDEST sight change I’ve ever done. The front sight on the Eclipse Pro II is so hard to remove, it’s even harder than the XDm’s front sight. It took me a hour of banging and hammering with a steel punch with some Liquid Wrench to remove it. Ugh!
I wanted a really good carry sight since this is going to be my other carry gun, and after watching numerous tactical videos / training DVDs, I decided to get a Heinie Kimber LEDGE Straight Eight Sight Set that would allow me to manipulate the slide one handed by hooking the sight on to a belt or holster or anything hard. It also comes with tritium dots that form a figure 8 when you acquire a proper sight picture.
Here’s what it looks like after it’s installed :
Closeup of the LEDGE :
and the sight picture :