I was shooting long before I started this blog or my YouTube channel. Prior to even living in Alaska, one of my favorite guns was the S&W M&P line. I say the M&P "LINE" because I owned virtually every caliber except .22 and .380. The reason for my love for the M&P line was that they simply performed perfectly in my hands. I cannot remember having any legitimate issues with the pistols in terms of reliability other than the one time my shield recoil spring popped off its guide rod. Any time I had an issue or had a recoil spring that was a bit weak, S&W was a quick call away willing to send me parts or offering a return label for me to get my gun fixed free of charge. In my simple mind, naturally performing well with the gun and having the manufacturer standing behind you 100% makes the M&P line a no-brainer for me now.
Okay, I think it is time for me to be honest about how I feel about this pistol now. I am pretty much ready to move on. I am eyeballing another gun already, and I am not really having that fun of a time with this pistol. I am well past 3000 rounds with this pistol and it is running like a top now with just my reloads to satisfy it's needs. However, there are a few things that are really bothering me about this pistol. Perhaps it is just the reviewer in me that likes to run a gun with a few thousand rounds and then move on, but I mostly am finding that it is just how the pistol is in general that is rubbing me the wrong way.
Being a human being, we have to be real with ourselves and understand that we are bound by physical limitations. Of course we can always ask more from ourselves and train our bodies to a higher level of performance. However, we must at least understand that we are flawed from birth. After understanding this, we must establish a reasonable and practical standard for how we will perform with our firearms, as far as accuracy is concerned. Barring you being part of a team/department/unit, you must focus on yourself and your abilities and just keep practicing and asking more of yourself....within reason.
I have not reached my desired round count to make a video update, but at 2000 rounds, enough has happened with this pistol in order to encourage me to give an update. It has not seen many rounds through it by my standards, but I feel that it has had enough trigger time to show or work out any "break in" issues. In the 2000 rounds I have shot so far, here is a breakdown of the round count sources:
- 600 Winchester Train and Defend 180gr FMJ
- 200 Blazer Brass 180gr FMJ
- 500 Remington 180gr JHP
- 100 Winchester 180gr JHP
- 600 Reloads 165gr FMJ
During this time I was also testing and using the 16 round ETS magazines, which played their own part in my testing. I did the best I could to train and practice dry and only use my range time as verification that my skills were solid and I was learning. This means I used a laser trainer alot and snap caps only when simulation of cycling or loading were necessary such as reloads and malfunctions. All my dry practice does wear on the service life of certain components after a time. Every time a spring is compressed and released, you are wearing it down. And every time you have metal on metal friction, you are wearing the surface of each metal face a little.
I think it is very productive to look at the history of different warrior cultures and analyse the qualities that made them so successful. This is not going to be a quick read about a trendy workout program for an unrealistic outcome. I am simply going to go over some ideas that the Roman Army had for getting their troops ready for battle. The purpose is to give the reader a few ideas about how to take historical examples and adapt them to current weaponry in order to help them train to a higher level of proficiency. Keep in mind that I am going to have to leave alot of stuff out since this is not a book, but rather a quick jot about incorporating historical examples into current training methods.
Throughout history, warriors of all types learned the hard way that physical fitness pertaining to their style of fighting was absolutely necessary. If we look at warrior training from successful militaries around the world and throughout history, there are many examples that show a pattern of focus on methods of conditioning and fitness priorities.
I know I have earned a little reputation for be a Glock hater or basher. I guess it is somewhat earned, but the reason for my past protests was based on experience. Now it is about time that I get back in the Glock game and record my experiences. Its time that I prove or disprove my own claims and fears on video and here on my blog with a record of this pistols performance.
When it comes to certain things like body armor, you need to be a bit selective about the type you choose. When I went through selecting my armor, I went through many days and even weeks pondering, planning, and plotting. Thankfully I already had experience with various types of body armor from simple low profile plate carriers to full coverage ballistic vests that turn you into a fat turtle. When I finally made my choice, I chose the Spartan Armor Systems Level 3+ Swimmers cut steel plates. In short, when it comes to balance, these plates seemed to hit the spot for me and my needs.
Let's face it, 90% of you are not dry firing the way you are supposed to, or you have no idea how to even do it in a way that will help progress your skills on the flat range. That is fine, because it is understandable that dry firing is boring and almost like watching paint dry. However, I think that there is a way to use lasers to make it fun and engaging by actually SHOWING you when you are hitting and missing. There is a reason many people like myself are promoting the use of laser trainers to enhance your training and practice.
Many professionals will tell you that gloves are an essential piece to your list of PPE. They protect your hands from burns, scuffs, and allow a more secure hold on your weapons, and so on. Flight gloves, also known as flight liners or pilot gloves, have been a shooters favorite for decades. This is very understandable. Pentagon is a company out of Europe that specializes is producing tactical gear to include this version of the old school flight glove.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, Firearm and Gear Tester.