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New Carry Weapon purchased and home

Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior MemberPosts: 2,436 Senior Member
edited January 2020 in General Firearms #1
I went to the Dallas Gun Range this evening to pick out my new carry weapon.  I picked out five that I wanted to try out and shoot.  The Sig 365, HK VP9, Glock 43, Springfield XD-9.  As we were heading into the range one of the sales guys brought another pistol for me to tryout.  I had no idea of the make and model of the mystery gun.  

Once in the range I lined them up on the table.  I picked up each one quickly and brought it up to ready so I could see the sight picture.  I worked through this exercise a few times and put them in the order I liked them.  We loaded the magazines and racked a round in each one.  I picked each one and fired two shots at 10 yards and repeated until I worked through shooting each one.  I repeated this process three times.  The Sig 365 felt too small and was the first to go.  I loved the HK but just way too big for what I need to carry.  The Springfield went next.  It came down to the Glock and the mystery gun.  

I shoot the Glock and the mystery gun gun a few more time.  The Glock was the last to go but it was close.  I asked the sales guy ok what's the mystery gun.  The Smith and Wesson MP Shield 9mm.  This gun felt, pointed and shot great.  I loved it.  I actually went with the SW MP Shield EZ.  This particular pistol has a beaver tail safety like that on the 1911's.  We keep our weapons locked up very well when the grand kids come to visit.    However, some times things happen.  I like the idea of the beaver tail safety.  Right now none of them have hands big enough that the weapon could be fired if they found it god forbid.  

I bought 5 boxes of ball ammo and Fedral Premium HST for carry ammo, two extra mags and holster which is going back.  Don't like even though I tried it out at the range.  Going to Academy tomorrow to look for a new holster.

I'm gonna love this gun!


Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

John 3: 1-21

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,036 Senior Member
    Nice! Sounds like a great way to choose a gun that "speaks to you". What's its capacity?
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,286 Senior Member
    I fondled the .380 version a couple weeks ago and thought this would be nice in 9MM, thanks for the range report
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BamaakIIBamaakII Posts: 430 Member
    edited January 2020 #4
    Nice choice.  I use a blade tech kydex for my shield, but you won't find it at academy.
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,436 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Nice! Sounds like a great way to choose a gun that "speaks to you". What's its capacity?8+ 1
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,188 Senior Member
    Fantastic way to choose.
    The SW should serve you well
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,591 Senior Member
    I'd be interested to know how you feel about it 6-8 months from now with more time spent with it.  I'm always fascinated when/if things change over time.
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,188 Senior Member
    Jeff you made a really good choice. I shot an EZ today and it handles well and feels good in the hand and I like the grip a lot  
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,436 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    Jeff you made a really good choice. I shot an EZ today and it handles well and feels good in the hand and I like the grip a lot  
    Today, was 80 degrees and beautiful.  It was the first day I've been able to shoot it. I've been working on taxes and new calves that came.   It shot really well.  Being very honest and humble I've never been very good or consistent with a pistol.  I'm lethal with a rifle at unreal distances but I've never had much interest in shooting pistols.

    I had a buddy come over who was on the army shooting team years ago and shoots competitively today.  He helped me a ton.  He picked me a part as to what I was doing right and wrong, well mostly wrong when we got started.  By the time we finished up, I was shooting most  8-round mags into a 4 or 5" circle at 12 yards.  The only time I had a flyer towards the end is when I jerked the trigger and I knew it each time I did it.  It was a night a day difference from when we first started shooting.  

    It really came down to grip, front sight, front sight, front sight and trigger pull.  As long as I controlled my trigger I was on target, shots were tight.  I knew as soon as I jerked the trigger, I'd get a flyer and even called out when I did it.  It's gonna take lots of practice to get all this into muscle memory and be consistent.  However, for the first time shooting pistol I'm truly understanding the process.

    I've been dry firing this evening, and will walk back over the range and shoot another 100 rounds tomorrow.  I really enjoy shooting this gun.

    Glad you liked it today!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #11

    It really came down to grip, front sight, front sight, front sight and trigger pull.  As long as I controlled my trigger I was on target, shots were tight.  I knew as soon as I jerked the trigger, I'd get a flyer and even called out when I did it.  It's gonna take lots of practice to get all this into muscle memory and be consistent.  However, for the first time shooting pistol I'm truly understanding the process.

    BINGO!!!!!!  Give that man a cigar!!!
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 2,040 Senior Member
    Good hustle! I’m always looking for something to replace my Shield, but it just hasn’t happened! Excellent CC piece. 
    "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
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