April 26, 2017: S&W M&P Shield 40

At the Gun Store:

The fish scale cuts at the rear of the slide, the curved cut grip panels on the frame, the slide release, the take down lever, and the cut of the slide all identify this as a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. The Shield was introduced in 2012 as a sub-compact extension of the M&P line of striker fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistols.  Slimmer, lighter, shorter than the MSP 40C, the Shield has become a popular concealed carry and backup duty gun. Continue reading

July 30, 2016: S&W SD9VE Review

At the Gun Store: The SD was introduced by Smith & Wesson in 2010.  At that time it was a mid-tier between the entry level Sigma and top line M&P.  It is available in both .40 S&W and 9mm Luger.   Two years later the Sigma ceased production and the SD was reintroduced as the SD VE.  With the absence of the Sigma, the SD VE line became the entry level full-size, polymer frame, DAO, semi-automatic pistol from S&W.  S&W also lowered the MSRP on the VE line compared to the original SD.  Continue reading

June 11, 2016: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling.  What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.  Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests.  A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading

May 30, 2016: Memorial Day


From Decoration Day to the current last Monday of May Memorial Day, this is a solemn holiday to remember and recognize the sacrifice of those who have died in defense of their country.

My wife and I observed Memorial Day this year by going to our range and firing our own version of a twenty-one gun salute to those who made the last measure of devotion to our country. From there my wife went on to complete her Marksman Qualification in the Winchester/NRA Pistol Qualification.  Then she completed two strong side targets for the Marksman First Class Qualification before the sun was starting to heat up our covered shooting bays.  Continue reading

March 10, 2016: Is it real or is it Umarex?

I’m not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.  It doesn’t matter.  If anyone points an object that looks like a gun at you, you have the right to respond with deadly force to stop the threat.  Unless a prosecutor can prove that you had knowledge that the object was a BB gun, or some other less than lethal object, then you there is legal standing for your actions in self-defense. Continue reading

March 7, 2015: A Quick Trip to DC

We took the long route to avoid central Florida speed traps.  Then about the time we would be looking for a hotel we are looking at the Weather Channel Mobile Edition and deciding to push on ahead of the snow event coming in from the west.  It caught up with us in Fredericksburg VA and continued on into the Nation’s Capital.  Continue reading

February 26, 2016: Kel Tec PF9 Review

At the Gun Store:  The Kel Tec PF9 is a short recoil operated DAO with an internal hammer.  The hammer is visible from the rear but it does not protrude at any point in the firing sequence. 

The specs from Kel Tec differ from what I put in the Fact Sheet. The Kel-Tec spec for width lists .88 inches.  That is true of the slide if you measure at the serrations and the grip if measured between the gator skin bumps.  I measure the widest point which is at the slide release.  Continue reading