A couple updates….

Just picked up a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm pistol. I haven’t even shot it as of this writing nor do I have a holster yet. Handling wise? Love it. More to report soon.I looked at many compact pistols but could not find the right combination. I like the trigger pull, slim grip, and grip which provides support for all four fingers.


This past Wednesday I picked up a new member of the family – Jake! Jake is a pure bred Siberian Husky (my second).  My other Husky is 18 months old and she is really enjoying playing with Jake. Those familiar with Husky’s may notice that Jake does not have the usual white, black, and grey coloring. Jake’s color is called Agouti. I saw him and knew he was coming home.


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  1. I looked for a compact auto for almost a year. I am somewhat picky. I wanted a larger caliber to replace a Walther PPK/S as a “Pocket Gun”. I am not a fan of striker fired weapons. I also wanted a safety that decocks the pistol, as I get numbness in my hands and became uncomfortable riding the hammer forward on my 1911. I bought a used Smith & Wesson 457. I never heard of this model until I owned one. It is a good gun though. I’ve owned several S&W revolvers, but this is my first auto from them. I had trouble finding extra magazines and a manual. I did manage to get a few mags on E-bay and download a book from the Customer Service Representative on Smith & Wesson’s Facebook page.

  2. Nice pup. We have six dogs and too many horses.

    I’ve always liked pistols with hammers. We have several PPKs that are secondary or tertiary back up pistols. European sights are usually atrocious and the PPK is no exception. I am not a fan of magazine ‘safeties,’ another European lovely.

    Small handed wife had a ‘baby’ Glock that she shot well with.

    Early S&W automatics were prone to problems. The FBI tried them for a while (probably out of loyalty having used the ultra reliable S&W revolvers for decades), and had to discontinue.

    One of the best large frame pistols is the P220 series, and it has a reliable decocker.


    • PR –

      I have never shot a PPK but always wanted to.

      Re: dogs – I used to be a “cat” man and did not care much for dogs. Boy – has that changed.


  3. The Mrs gave me an M&P Shield as a birthday present last year and it’s been a great BUG. Carries easier in the warmer months than my primary (SR40) and with the extended magazine it fits well in the hand. I’ve spent most range/training time using the smaller mag though as that is the way it will be utilized when first deployed if and when the need should arise. The sites are easy to pick up on and the trigger is a lot shorter and crisper than other smaller guns I have shot with.
    Cool puppy there too by the way 🙂

  4. The SR9 would be a great addition to have. My 40 has between 9000 and 10000 rds through it by now and it really hasn’t missed a beat. Had a problem with the lower camblock pin but Ruger took care of it in record time and it’s been flawless ever since. That was around the 3000 Rd mark.

  5. Believe me Rourke, the PPK is nothing to write home about. If it had decent sights and the magazine safety disabled, perhaps. The PPK and P38 were two great Walther designs, well ahead of their times being double action semis and with a safe decocker mechanism as well as a tactile loaded chamber indicator. I like the feel of the PPK and even the current versions are milled steel, heavy and solid.

    If we get together, I’ll try to remember to bring a PPK for you to shoot. The sights are really atrocious, but I said that.

    We have a couple of beagles that are mousers and I once had a Dobie that would surprise me in the mornings with a tail stuck between its front teeth.


  6. Recently acquired the Shield after looking over several concealed carry models, including the SR9. The SR9 appears to be a fine pistol, but the safety structure is not the easiest to sweep off under stress (in my opinion, anyway.) The Shield, whether to carry with safety on or off, is easy to handle and control when firing, is accurate, and so far, with several hundred rounds through it, has performed flawlessly. It was especially pleasing that it functioned well with Corbon ammo, my preferred self defense round for both velocity and performance. There are other great carry choices out there, but I am partial to S&W, Glock, XD and some Ruger offerings. The Shield definitely fits my needs for concealed carry and self defense.

  7. The safety is a bit small as compared to other firearms I’ve handled/shot but after three years of IDPA shooting with it and many trips to the range the manipulation of the safety has not been an issue at all. I spent alot of time dry-fire practicing the draw / etc when I first got the gun as well….a word to the wise, either remove the magazine disconnect and/or have an empty mag in the gun when dry-fire practicing (or use snap-caps) because dry-firing the SR pistols will damage the firing pin if you do not.

  8. Over the years my choice of carry is a Sig 229 or 239 because:

    On the range a pistol with a safety was sometimes “fired” with the safety on in error. No bang when needed. I don’t want that in a “stress” situation, when needed I want the round out the barrel the first time. Also, those with a light trigger with safety off, would sometimes discharge before I was expecting it, meaning I could fire under stress before I really needed to shoot, not good either.

    Therefore, the 2 above pistols have no direct safety, the safety being a 10 lb pull on the first double action shot, and single action thereafter to deposit the rest of the magazine. I also have a lazer on them, which is perfect for dry fire targeting practice. I look at the subject (a wall switch?) and raise the weapon into the sight range, while focusing on the wall switch, then squeeze the lazer to see where the bullet would have gone. You will be looking at the “target” not the sights in that stress situation!

    They also have a decock lever, so you don’t risk firing when lowering the hammer with a round in the chamber.

    The above is why I feel that that pistol mechanism is the safest to carry, and most reliable to use if needed.

    Thanks for listening.

  9. My opposition to striker fired weapons is just a personal thing. I like to see the hammer. Time allowing in any dangerous situation, I may choose to go single action for increased accuracy. I know several policemen that carried Glocks. They swore by them. This Walther PPK/S is a great gun! I never had any problems with it. I merely wanted a larger caliber.

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