Friday, May 16, 2014

On The Range #93: S&W M&P Shield 9mm

Picked up an M&P Shield 9mm today after wanting one for quite a while. The price was right and I had the money to spend so it followed me home. Initial impressions are very positive. I have a locally made IWB holster I picked up for it and it completely disappears on my body. The holster is not exactly what I want as the draw is a bit tricky from it so I have another on the way.

As soon as I got it home I hit the back yard range for a little Dot Torture.  Back blast from the muzzle was a lot more than I am used to from shooting my G17 so much but easily overcome. Recoil is noticably greater than a full size pistol as well, which is to be expected, but easily manageable.

This is a very accurate little gun. I shot it as well as my G17 at 3 yards for the Dot Torture drill. I was able to make some nice little groups with the 50 rounds of Winchester white box I was firing. I had one flyer which kept me from a perfect 50/50 score.

The gun fits well in my hands. It is most comfortable with the 8 round magazine with the grip extension but I was not troubled by the flush fit 7 rounder.  The 7 rounder has the potential to be an issue if you are not careful to be sure it is fully seated. I made this mistake once.

All in all I like it a lot. I am looking forward to more range time with it. I want to see how it performs at greater distances and I also need to do some ammo testing. My Winchester Ranger +p+ ammo that I carry in the Glock is a no go so I need to find some standard pressure stuff it will eat up.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Robert's Picks


Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (excellent)

The Big Kill by Mickey Spillane (good)

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (excellent)

Nomads of Gor by John Norman (good)

When Diplomacy Fails... by Michael Z Williamson (very good)

To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo (very good)

The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (good)


The Great Gatsby (good)

Pacific Rim (good)

Rock of Ages (good)

2 Guns

Man of Steel (very good)