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  1. This one just came in from Ed Brown and I can’t wait to shoot it. Hopefully I’ll get to the range in the next few weeks. It’s an LS10 in Battle Bronze with a few options.
    2 points
  2. Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact 9mm I have owned a variety of M&P semi-autos since they started producing them back in 2005. I bought my first M&P, a full-size .40SW, from Guns & Leather 12 years ago when the pistol first came out and quickly followed it with an M&P 40c and then several other versions joined them over the years. The 40c and the 9c were never really a favorite of mine as they seemed to suffer from the same things that the Glock 26 and 27 sub-compacts did. Namely, they weren't small enough to really be a pocket gun but they weren't large enough to be very versatile either. Just like with Glock, if I was going to carry a double-stack 9mm, I was going to go for the Glock 19 instead of the 26 and with the M&P it meant the full-size 9mm. The M&P Shield was a huge step in the right direction for Smith & Wesson for those who wanted a slim 9mm for deep concealment. It also really put the spotlight on the fact that the 9c was, in my opinion at least, really not good enough at any one thing to make it a compelling option. If only S&W would just listen to their customers and build something exactly the same size as the Glock 19/23. We just wanted them to give us 15rds of 9mm in a package slightly shorter in the slide and grip than the full-size. Apparently someone at S&W has finally listened. The new M2.0 Compact scratches all of the itches in all the right ways. It is as if Smith and Wesson's lawyers finally relaxed and gave the engineers the green light to go ahead and build a better Glock 19 than Glock does. And boy did they get it right. And they kind of snuck it in on everyone. The M2.0 Compact version really doesn't seem to have received the fanfare or enjoyed the publicity blitz that its full size brother did. The release wasn't timed to coincide with any of the major industry shows. The internet wasn't ablaze with rumors of the new gun until it had essentially been announced by S&W. I only saw the "leaked" promotional slick for the new gun maybe 48 hours before the company published it officially. And yet the paradox seems to be that the lack of hoopla over the gun is significantly the inverse of just how good it is. The new M&P Compact no longer occupies a weirdly confusing spot in Smith & Wesson's lineup. It no longer tries to follow in the equally awkward footsteps of the Glock 26/27 platform. Instead, it has taken the Glock 19/23 platform squarely in its sights and blown the center out of that target with a better option. The new Compact gives a platform that is perfect for concealed carry, with superior ergonomics, a better feel and a sexier look than its Austrian competitor. And, just as the Glock 19/23 will fit into a holster made for the larger 17/22, the new M2.0 compact fits even better into holsters made for the larger M&P full-size. Carrying the M2.0 Compact in a TT Gunleather "Mike's Special" leather inside the waistband holster made for my M&P 9mm Full-size yields an extremely comfortable and potent concealment package. The shorter Compact fits the longer gun's holster as if it were made for it. The slide is only 1/4" shorter at the muzzle but otherwise identical in dimension to the larger gun. The trigger guard is exactly the same size. The grip is of course shorter in length at the cost of giving up two rounds of 9mm, but 15 rounds is hardly inadequate and the shorter grip deftly avoids printing against a t-shirt when concealed. So, how does it shoot? It was no problem at all to keep the first two magazines (30 rounds) that I ever fired from the gun inside the head kill zone of a man-sized target at 15 yards. The pace of fire was slower at first but I quickly ramped up the speed to my normal cadence for defensive shooting (2-3 rounds in rapid succession) with only marginal widening of the pattern. I found the trigger's break to be crisp and predictable. I haven't measured the pull yet with my Lyman gauge but i expect that it is somewhere between 4.5lbs and 5.5lbs based on the way it felt. I haven't bothered to check to see what S&W specs it at despite the ease of finding such information with Google. The trigger reset is no more exciting than any other M&P that I have ever owned. For those who like the extremely tactile reset of the Glock pistols, you won't find the M2.0's reset to be quite as audible or authoritative. It's a little on the limp and soggy side, but I've never found that to be a bother or to hamper my ability to shoot the M&P platform quickly and reliably. I tend to subscribe to Rob Latham's philosophy that if you "ride" the trigger you will find it hard to pick up an unfamiliar gun and cycle it reliably. As a result I've spent the past 20 years learning to keep my grip firm and sight-picture correct rather than relying on riding the trigger's reset to keep my groups small. Your mileage might vary and the soft reset may drive you nuts, but Apex Tactical Specialities has all of the trigger and ignition parts you need to make your M&P feel a little more Glock-like if that is what you are after. Another thing that I noticed with the M2.0 Compact is that, with mine at least, the slide lock seems to have been improved by S&W so that lefties can finally release it with their dominant hand's thumb and not pull a hernia in the process. I am not a lefty so I am at a disadvantage any time I try to do lefty-things, but the slide lock lever is no trouble for me to manipulate with my thumb left-handed. My hands are built like that of an ogre with shorter, stronger fingers, but I still think that almost any lefty will be able to release the slide with the lock lever and that it will only get easier as the gun breaks in. Final thoughts... None of us ever buy a handgun with the idea in mind that we are going to publicly tell the world how big of a mistake we made. I have read many glowing reviews of handguns only to follow up with the author's writings later to see that they had parted way with that new wunderpistol once the honeymoon was over. I guess it is just human nature to want everyone else to think that we always make good choices and aren't careless with our money. That being said, I have bought some real turds over the years. I have spent money on guns that were nowhere near as good as the magazine pundits or YouTube pimps said that they were. I've taken new guns to the range and immediately knew that I had made a serious mistake, and already had an idea of how I was going to sell them before I ever got through the second magazine of ammo. HOWEVER. This isn't one of them. Hands down, the M&P M2.0 Compact is a winner. It's riding my hip right now in that TT Gunleather IWB holster. It is replacing my Glock 19 for daily carry. It is going to cause a lot of other guns in my library to spend lonely days in the safe. It is really that good. I found it to be incredibly accurate and flat shooting. The size is perfect. The texture on the grip is perfect. The trigger feels just fine to me. The only thing I changed, and I did it immediately as I do with almost every handgun for which they are made, was to install a set of Ameriglo Pro i-Dot sights with orange outlined tritium front dot and simplistic black rear sight. In this case, the rear has the U-shaped notch that I prefer and a single dimmed tritium dot. Perhaps the most powerful statement that I can make about the new Compact is that I will be buying at least one more of them to have as a backup. And I am probably going to sell some other guns that I won't be shooting anymore.
    1 point
  3. Just wait till they make a 1911 glock, then there will be no going back.
    1 point
  4. Well it is in commiefornia, dont ya know.
    1 point
  5. And to me, even more importantly, the magazines, parts, and accessories are generally much cheaper but yet produce excellent results per dollar spent compared to other brands. Also, compatibility between 19/17/26 and 23/22/27 is, in my opinion, unmatched with any other handgun system out there regarding magazines, internals, and holsters. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  6. We bought a few things for the shop from them as temporary stop gaps. The ac pressure tester broke after one use, and a few other items were complete crap. Only things that last from them are jacks and jack stands. Bought a jack a few years ago for a friend and its been beaten and missued. Still works flawlessly.
    1 point
  7. They're as exciting as dry white toast and as common as sand on the beach, but they're about as reliable as it gets. Kind of like Honda Accords. There's some truth to the adage "Have a Kimber to show your friends. Have a Glock to show your enemies." I agree that some others have come on the market in the past few years that rival Glocks in reliability and simplicity without being uglier than the girl nobody wants to admit they made out with. The Smith & Wesson M&P line comes to mind and it's cheaper.
    1 point
  8. Because you can gets parts and magazines at every gun store in America? And, because they work.
    1 point
  9. I think you will be happy you picked the .308. I look at the application and IMO the .308 can do it all. Plus you can walk in anywhere they sell ammo and get what you need. Let us know what you think when you get to shoot it. I’ve wished for a long time we could have get togethers to compare these different rifles in the hands of an unbiased marksman. Finding a Marksman won’t be hard. Finding an unbiased Marksman would be a feat. That and finding a place to shoot 1000 yards.
    1 point
  10. Nope. Funny story, my friend had wanted one but, missed the sale so I sold one to him. Then my other friend had been looking for a gun and liked mine so I sold the other one to him. So, I made my money back minus taxes. Then yesterday I get an email from Rural King for a stainless G2 for $209 and ordered one. https://www.rkguns.com/taurus-pt-111-millennium-pro-g2-stainless-gray-9mm-12rd-3-2-pistol-1-111039g2-12g.html
    1 point
  11. I tossed my craftsman professional on craigslist, before it I had cheap harbor freight(dumpster). When actually chock full of tools the harbor freight had issues with the slides locking up, on the craftsman while the slides were better, the drawers sagged in the center of the span enough to catch the drawer below and not allow opening. This occurred to the point I was having to open 2-3 drawers to get my socket drawer open, which with the three heaviest upper drawers open also became a tipping risk. I bought the others before I was a full time mechanic, but I didn't run out an buy a snap on just because it was shiny. I actually liked MAC's boxes a little better but we just didn't have a reliable route rep for them, and my snap-on rep gave me a great price on a repossessed snap on, which got upgraded by my insurance when a customer hit my first snap on box with their car. Not saying a cheaper box won't work for lots of mechanics, but they just didn't cut it for me, at least when I was working out of them full time.
    1 point
  12. Back a year before Dale Earhart sr. was killed my son purchased a Mac brand Dale Earhart top of the line Tool box with the Stereo built in as he was a die hard Dale Fan. Right after Dale died he went back to using my old Snap On boxes that I used for 30+ years and purchased a nice Mac Cover for the Earnhart box and now it sits in his den in his house. He has had several really nice offers from folks wanting to buy it but he just smiles and politely says "it's not for sale"
    1 point
  13. Donate, huh? I'll give them a dollar (collectively, not each) and a stick of gum if they will shut up and go away.
    1 point
  14. Is it a dual spring(gen4) or the older style? I think I may have a spare gen4 G23 spring I could send you to try.
    1 point
  15. Would it even fit properly? I wouldn't think so but I've been wrong once or twice. I hate to say this but it honestly sounds like it's time to switch to something easier for him to use. G29 is a lot of gun for an elderly person.
    1 point
  16. Wow, someone is really pushing the limits on their meds. Some of that is interesting, some seems deranged ranting, some is even correct. Overall it comes across as sour grapes whining.
    1 point
  17. Go for it. I've got a 'cobbled together' blanket gun with a 13½" barrel. Shoots like a dream out to 50yds!
    1 point
  18. Well, Clarksville Gun & Archery text club sent one this morning saying they had the pt111 G2 9mm for $199.99. So, I went ahead and got two for that price.
    1 point
  19. My little brother finally sighted in his 6.5 Creedmoor. Two groups at 100 yards: 3/8" and 1/2" using Hornady factory ammo
    1 point
  20. Well I happened across one today in .308 and well, it's now on lay a way.
    1 point
  21. People do drugs to escape reality. TN Vols have a pretty dismal reality right now. I’d probably do drugs too if Butch was my coach.
    0 points
  22. My new loudencer, and yall think a silencer is cool.
    0 points
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