Tuesday morning I headed to the range with my son to shoot my new Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. I don’t want to give to much away, but I AM CRAZY ABOUT THIS GUN!
I bought Federal 9mm Luger bullets full metal jacket(FMJ)(in basic terms that just means the tip of the bullet is solid and rounded. It isn’t hallowed out)in 115 grain. The package also has RN after FMJ, but I have no idea what that means. I have no idea if that is standard or what my other choices are in this caliber, but that is what the store sold, so that is what I bought. I did buy some self defense ammo also. Winchester 9mm Luger jacket hollow point(JHP), 147 grain. Again, this was my one and only choice.
Here is my first magazine…
He is a little crooked.
|Second magazine little further out|
My son shot her. Did very well. Nice tight groupings.
Rapid fire drill(me)
I don’t know the exact distance, but this was pretty far down range.
I was aiming at the 7. I thought my shots were low compared to where I had my sites.
This was at about the 10 yard line.
This is with the self defense 135 grain ammo. I didn’t feel any difference from the 115 grain, but you can see my shots are not in much of a group.
Things I like…The trigger on this gun is awesome. I like how my index finger fits on the trigger itself. I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but the bottom of the trigger kind of curls up and makes for a nice grip for me. My son has much bigger fingers, so he prefers the straighter trigger of the Glock. I am not sure of all the correct terminology, but when I go from shot to shot(the reset), it is very smooth and quick. I could feel that on dry fire(shooting the gun without any ammo), but I was surprised at how quickly I could do a double tap(two shots fired quickly back to back) I shot an entire magazine doing 3 rapid shots, then pause, then 3 more etc and it was flawless. I have never done that before and I don’t know why I decided to shoot 3 and then pause, but I did. It was fun! Between my son and I, we shot 217 rounds through the M&P and did not have a single malfunction. Of course, I like the bigger capacity magazine and the thinner grip. I have very long fingers and a bigger beefier grip is fine with me, but for concealing, I like the thinness of the M&P.
Things I didn’t like…I have always been a pretty good shoot with my weak hand(that’s the right for me), but with this gun, it felt odd. I just couldn’t get comfortable holding it. My first few shots with my weak hand were all over the place, but I was able to get it under control. I have no idea why, but that discouraged me a little.
I also don’t like the take down of this gun(for cleaning). It is not difficult , but for a lefty it is awkward to hold down the release tab while pulling the trigger etc. Not a big deal and I am sure I will get used to it, just saying.
This didn’t bother me exactly, but one thing that happened to me that has never happened with my Glock is that my hands were covered in black powder. I don’t know if it is the gun, the brand of ammo, or what, but my gun was dirty inside and out and so was I. I washed my hands 3 times.
All in all I love this gun. Love it. I think I am shooting well and it is just feels right. I think with more practice, I will be able to improve my accuracy, especially when I am on the move or drawing from the holster.
I am not ready to carry it though. My family keeps asking me if it’s the gun by my bed at night. It isn’t. I have carried and shot my Glock a lot over the past 11 months and it feels weird not to have her with me. I trust that gun and I trust myself with that gun. I know it well. I would, of course, grab any gun that was near by and use it in defense of myself or a loved one, but if I have a choice, I am reaching for the Glock .27, for now.
I am super excited to be going back to the range tomorrow to shoot with a friend and then Saturday I will do some holster work with John. I think I must have been very bored before I found guns. I am having a blast!!!!!!!