Posts Tagged ‘Smith & Wesson’

Everyone has that one gun that just sits in the gun safe, it never gets shot because there is something about it you don’t like. It also holds just enough sentimental value that you can’t bring yourself to sell it for one reason or another. Maybe you won it at a raffle, or it was a gift from a well meaning spouse, or like in my case it is your first ever handgun.

I have never been really called the sentimental type but when it comes to my Smith and Wesson Sigma 40 cal I just can’t bring myself to sell it. I won it at a NWTF Banquet about 6-7 years ago and was excited to bring my first handgun home. I slowly came to the realization that the Sigma was one of the worst handguns I ever fired.

If you aren’t familiar with the Sigma it was S&W’s first attempt at a striker fired pistol to compete with the Glock 17 and needless to say it really missed the mark. The Sigma features a truly atrocious double action trigger since it was marketed towards police departments who were transitioning over from revolvers to newer semi autos.

I enjoyed my sigma until I started getting into shooting handguns more and experiencing other pistols then I started to realize there was a lot left to be desired. After the 11-12 pound trigger the next problem I have with my Sigma is that it is a 40cal. There was no way for me to shoot the gun effectively or efficiently when I was having trouble holding onto it after every shot.

Even though I really hate shooting the gun I just can’t bring myself to part with it so I decided that there are probably quite a few other guys out there that are in the same boat. While surfing pictures on Facebook on day I came across a picture of a Sigma with a wicked stipple job and I started joking back and forth with the company about polishing a turd. It dawned on me after our exchange that I now knew what it wanted to do, I want to try a little experiment and see if we can find a way to fall back in love with our guns that we view as ugly step kids.

In this series I will address some of the main issues I have with the Sigma that keeps me from wanting to use it more. Everyone I have ran the idea by has thought it was a good idea so I hope it is as well received with all the readers. Stay tuned for some fun we are going to have using my Sigma as the test dummy.

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Well it seems to finally be out. The Glock 42 is looking like a single stack 380. Apparently Glock has a problem with making money or pleasing their customers. I am not sure which.

And I’m pissed. Congratulations Glock you are exactly 5 years behind the curve. I don’t understand Glock’s thinking behind this. When they said the two new models coming out were going to be in direct competition with guns that were already on the market it thought they at least meant relevant ones? Way to shoot for the stars guys!

As most of you know I already have one on order because I was rolling the dice for it being a single stack 9.  I already have a LCP as a back up gun that I occasionally carry and I can honestly say that I don’t think I ever see myself carrying a 42 as a primary. That being said I will probably just use this in classes for people to demo with.  Here are the rest of the specs that have made it out so far.

So now that I am officially disappointed with Glock I have decided to boycott them until they deliver a single stack 9mm that I and many others have wanted for over a year now.

So what am I switching to? I am glad you asked! How about a little teaser to hold you over until I get a good first impression article written up.

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I am carrying daily, again. I typically do not leave the house without my firearm on me. I started to get sloppy and wasn’t carrying while at work from time to time. A recent event got me thinking about my job and some of the situations I end up in while on the clock and I decided to get back into my usual daily carry habit.

The Contenders

The Contenders

This week I have been rocking a Glock 26 that I borrowed from a good buddy (thanks Bob). Monday and Wednesday I carried it in my Concealment Solutions Sidewinder. It is my go-to daily carry holster for my 19 and the 26 worked great in it. On Tuesday I tried something a little different and popped on my Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 and tried a little appendix carry.

Concealment Solutions Sidewinder (top) and the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 (bottom)

Concealment Solutions Sidewinder (top) and the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 (bottom)

I am a huge fan of owb carry. For me it just works best. I can say that I enjoyed carrying more on Monday and Wednesday than I did on Tuesday. There is just something about me that I cannot do iwb or appendix. It might be my body type or that I am in and out of a vehicle a lot. I am not giving up completely I want to try a couple other holsters before that happens.

I will be finishing the week off with carrying the wife’s Smith & Wesson Shield in a NUoSU Concealment holster. Since the wife is gone for the week and it is officially MAN-morial weekend I will do as I please. (Just don’t tell her)

NUoSU holster

NUoSU holster

I am trying to get a feel in the difference between carrying the double stack vs. the single. I am a dedicated Glock shooter and I love the 26 but the Shield is so thin it makes it hard to say no to it. If the 26 ends up coming out on top there is a good possibility that an OD green 26 will be in my future. If the Shield wins… well I guess I saved myself 500 bucks.

I will update at the end of the week and let you know my decision. Until then check out the Facebook page because I will be putting up pictures of random MAN-morial week stuff especially over the weekend. I will be attending another Vickers Shooting Methods 2 class on Saturday and I hope to have a post explaining how I am prepping in the next day or two so stay tuned for that. You can also stay in touch with Shooters Legion and instantly become my friend by following the provided link.

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I love spending time in gun shops like any gun guy does.  Looking through the glass at all the guns in the cases is about the same as going to an art display for me. My wife really hates it because I like to point out all the pistols and spout off ridiculous facts that she could care less about. Usually when I’m doing my window shopping I only talk to myself or whoever is with me but eventually one of them will approach me. The dreaded gun counter guy. I have met many different types of these guys and a few I absolutely can’t stand. I have worked on the other side of the counter and had a good system that I felt helped people find the best gun that would fit them and their needs. Knowing the times that we are in right now politically and having so many first time gun buyers we need to have good personalities on the other side of that counter to help them and make a good first impression about what the gun community holds for them. In this post I’m going to lay out some of the personalities one might meet when browsing the gun counter.

The “Un-safe Salesman” is first up. They always seem to forget the first rule of gun safety, “Treat every gun as if it is loaded.” Nothing irritates me more than a gun counter guy not checking the chamber of a gun before they hand it off to someone. He is also the guy when you ask to see a gun from under the glass or hanging on the wall he will muzzle every person standing along the counter including pointing it directly at your chest while handing it over.

Next we have the “Simple Sales Rep.” This guy is just there to make his commission and go home. He will tell you anything to get you to buy a gun, and he will always push the highest priced gun even if it doesn’t fit the needs of the customer. On one of my window shopping experiences I over heard a first time pistol buyer asking about Glocks and Smith & Wesson M&Ps but the clerk insisted he didn’t want any of those but the custom high-end Kimbers would be right up his alley.

The “Mall Ninja” is the guy on the other side of the counter who wants to sell you all the guns that the Navy SEALS use. He can also name all the latest and greatest guns and tell you what magazine he read about them in which sums up his first hand experience with them. He is usually easy to spot. He will be the guy who looks like a 5.11 catalog threw up on him. That seems unfair to a lot of people who wear 5.11 clothing such as myself on occasions like visiting the range or hunting, but the difference is the mall ninja takes “tacti-cool” to a whole new level.

Somewhat similar to the mall ninja but just on the other end of the spectrum is the “Old Guy.” This is the guy who is still stuck on revolvers and break open shotguns. Unless the gun you are asking about has a wood stock or is made entirely of metal he could care less about it and probably will most likely be disgusted you even asked to see one of the “new fangled pieces of junk.” He is so dedicated to his cause that he won’t give us his carburetted pickup because “that fuel injection stuff is just baloney.”

My personal favorite is the “Fan Boy.” One brand is all you are going to hear about from this guy. He actually chooses to know nothing about the other brands because nobody should want second best. Oh you want a shotgun? You don’t need one of those because Glock doesn’t make one yet.

The type that is a close second place on my list of annoying personalities would have to be the “Uninformed Moron.” When this guys speaks it will make anyone with an IQ larger than luke warm water cringe. These are the guys spreading the typical idiotic myths like “Glocks are dangerous cuz they don’t have a safety” or “you don’t need to aim a shotgun you just point it at them and pull the trigger.” It is almost like they get their firearm information from CNN or MSNBC. The best example I can give for this is when my wife was looking for her last pistol. She walked in and said that she was interested in single stack 9mm. After she was brought everything from double stacked 40’s to revolvers I had to step in and explain it slowly to him.

The one guy that every sport and hobby in the world has and everyone in every country and in every language can’t stand is the “Know It All.” This guy knows everything about everything, and even if you just proved him wrong he will still tell you he is right. The biggest problem with the know it all is he is condescending and makes the first timer more intimidated than they already are.

Last up is one kind of gun counter guy that we don’t see enough of. He is the guy who figures out the who, what, when, where and the why that should be asked to help the customer get the most out of their buying experience. What is the intended purpose for the gun? Is if for carry? Is it for competition or target? Is it for the nightstand? Who is it for? Is the gun for the 110 pound wife or the 250 pound husband?  When were you wanting to make the purchase? Do you need one today or is there something that might work better that isn’t in stock that they could order? If it is a carry gun where do you intend to carry? Iwb or owb? Pocket or purse? Not all times do these questions need to be asked. Sometimes you have that one customer who had done all their research and knows exactly what they want when they walk in and that is great, but more times than not questions need to be asked to help the customer find the gun that will work best for them.

Can you think of anymore personalities I missed? Do you have any horrible experiences?

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Going into day 4 we had a few requests, but not enough to keep us busy the whole day so we decided we would hit the requests first, then just kinda wonder about aimlessly until something caught our eye.

The first request we had, was to grab some info on the Stressvest system.

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The newest version was on display and now features more modes for more different kinds of role players. Also with the new model the belt is now wireless for more versatility to adapt with gear.

The next thing that caught our eye was the Smith & Wesson M&P VTAC

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Coming in both 9mm and .40 caliber it also comes with some pretty impressive sights from the factory.

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Savage introduced a left handed version of their 110 ba in both 338 and 300 win mag.

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I have always liked the looks of those ever since they were introduced a couple years ago.

While still in the Savage booth we ran across a new kids line called the Rascal

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Coming in an array of colors these were very neat little guns. I’m always happy to see new guns aimed at teaching kids the fundamentals at an early age. I will be talking about these more in the future.

Wandering through the Surefire area something caught my eye and I had to stop. As most of you know I’m a sucker for new lights and the Hellfighter 5 offers a lot to love.

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With 4500 lumens at max output I can see it being a bad guy’s worst nightmare,  but with it weighing nearly as much as a complete rifle it is a good guy’s also. So what the heck do you do with a 5.7 pound flashlight?

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Ohh that’s what you do with it!

We finally wandered into the Mission First Tactical booth for a second day because they were such great guys to talk with on day 3. Jason aka “The Guy” hooked us up with some really cool swag. It’s always great to meet some down to earth people in the industry. We will have more on them after they get back to Pennsylvania and settled back in, but for now some pictures of their top quality rifle furniture will have to do.

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By the time we finally get back to our home state and at the BS castle we will have been up for roughly 25 hours. Expect to hear the announcement of the winner sometime Sunday when I regain consciousness and after I contact them. The giveaway is roughly 9 pounds of SHOT Show awesomeness. That also means if you know someone who wanted in on the drawing and they haven’t like the Facebook page or subscribed with email tell them time is running out.

You can expect an entire recap and photo dump of the whole week sometime in the near future after I can go through all the pictures along with a couple reviews of a few items I used while traveling and walking the show.

Until tomorrow (so I can sleep soundly)

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