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.
Here’s a short video review of my new Kimber CDP Elite II Ultra carry gun. This is a fantastic, small and very reliable carry gun that’s chambered in 45 ACP. Takes 7 rounds in the magazine that fits into it’s small Officer sized aluminum frame.
It shoots well, is very reliable and feels great to carry. The completely dehorned (Carry Melt) treatment makes the gun feel much smaller than it looks. I carry this in a Crossbreed Supertuck Shorty and the combination makes it so comfortable to wear I don’t ever want to take it out.
I also took some footage of me shooting the gun in Slow Fire at targets 15 yards away, Rapid fire with reload from 5 yards away and out to 200 yards at a steel man-sized target. All of these done standing off-hand (unsupported). You’ll see that the gun is plenty accurate for one this small with a 3” barrel.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, I do hope that your day would be warm and enjoyable with close friends or family. In this special day, I will be carrying my Glock 19, to provide protection & peace of mind to my family and friends.
What will you be carrying?
Went over to DJ’s Loan in Bothell with Dave to look at their really impressive gun selection and found ONE last box of my fav .380 ammo for my Ruger LCP, the Hornady Critical Defense line.. This must be the hardest .380 ACP ammo to find. I’ve looked high and low both in physical retail outlets and online. Nada.
I do like the idea that it expands consistently no matter what you shoot it through.
here are specs of that ammo :
Don’t know how it performs in my gun, will try to shoot it through a chrono when I get my replacement.
Looks like I might have to put in a pre-order and wait 6 months to see if they’ll fulfill. anyone know where I can find some?
Bought the excellent Blackhawk Serpa Concealment holster for use with my Kimber in IDPA. After shooting it for one match and doing some draw drills, I find that I can’t disengage the locking mechanism consistently. I usually keep my trigger finger WAY off from the holster when I draw, and in order to disengage the lock on the Serpa, I have to force myself to touch the holster with my trigger finger.
During practice, I find myself either not able to unlock it 10% of the time OR I find my trigger finger inside the trigger guard before I present my gun properly. This can be a safety issue. Under stress, I might accidentally discharge the gun while drawing, which is a BIG no no!
I gave up after an hour. Had to do something to fix this holster without permanently damaging it. Here’s the cheapest most simple way of doing it. Take some masking tape, fold it till you get a small 1cmx1.5cm rectangle. Wrap it with some kind of electrician’s tape or any rubbery tape so it won’t slip off.
Insert it under the locking mechanism like so…
and voila!! Stays put and easy to remove when you need to engage the lock.
I’ve seen nothing but praise for the Crossbeed Supertuck Deluxe holster online and decided to get one. After trying it out, I agree whole heartedly with regards to the comfort and concealment capabilities of this holster.
Here’s me wearing the Supertuck with my FULL SIZE XDm ::
view from the side :
All tucked in :
Not only is my XDm full sized, it has a Magwell too. You can’t even see it while concealed :
Now with a T-Shirt :
From the side :
T-shirt tucked in. Can’t see the gun at all :
Again, hiding a full sized XDm with a magwell :
Here’s my XDm :
Get one if you intend to carry concealed, you won’t regret it! 🙂