Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in .40 S&W
Now, I know what you're thinking. This pic is of a 9mm, not a .40S&W. It's just a stock photo I stole from some random-ass website. My Hummmy got me this for Christmas (I'm not a Christmas kind of guy, but I am a new gun kind of guy, so I'm good with it). I haven't taken it out to the range yet, but I'm taking a handgun training course with it in about a week, so I'll let you know how it performs.
So far, my favorite things about this gun are the white dot sights, its light weight and concealability. It's literally less than an inch wide across the grip, due to being a single-stacker, whether you get the .40 or the 9mm.
I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with this, other than make it my daily carry.
My front sight post is a bitch.
There was a time when all I had to do was poke the sharp end of a bullet into the little detent, and the post would spin like a top. Well, it would at least turn.
But my Bushmaster? Fuck no. I guess that's what I get for buying a $900 AR. I used every manner of tool I could find, and after about two hours of begging and cajoling, I got one click out of it.
All this happened because I finally got to take my several-months-old AR to the range. I wanted to see how accurate this Magpul pop-up rear sight was, when paired with the factory A-frame front sight.
Bear in mind that I am pretty friggin' blind, and I prefer to shoot without correcting my vision. I was wearing eye protection, but not my eyeglasses. Still, though, a fairly high-visibility target at only 100 meters meant that it was pretty easy to get a good sight picture every time. I just couldn't see where I was hitting.
I loaded up two magazines and shot the first two, then looked through the spotter scope. To my abject horror, I found about 50 little holes all along the top edge of the paper target; not a single round had flown through the 4-inch-wide orange bullseye. What that means is, at a range of 100 meters, my AR is shooting about 6 inches high and slightly to the right. Whiskey Tango Motherfucking Foxtrot.
Now, Lotty Dotty Everybody knows how to lower a shot group with these factory front sights: Front sight post goes counter-clockwise. Depress the detent and turn. Only, mine ain't turnin.
So I did what any red-blooded American veteran would do: I fired that third magazine, while aiming low and a little left, and put all 29 through the bull. Not a terribly impressive feat of superhuman marksmanship, I admit, but it had to be done.
When I got home and finished this round of football-watchin and AR-cleanin, I decided to adjust that sight post, and I still couldn't get it to budge, much. One notch, overall. I was just about ready to whack it with a hammer by the time all was said and done.
So, here's the plan: If I can find either a stable, secure-mounting gas block with rail to replace that A-frame front sight assembly with, that would be Option A. Option B would be to replace the whole upper to get rid of the sight assembly. Obviously not an ideal solution, but an effective one. Option C would be to simply replace the iron sights altogether, with some manner of optic. Again, effective, but less than ideal due to cost considerations.
Smith & Wesson M&P in .40 S&W (full-size Police trade-in)
This one is still on the drawing board, but Bud's Guns dot com has a cool selection of full-size M&P's in .40, that are police trade-ins. What happens is, every so often, Law Enforcement agencies have to swap out their old weapons for new ones, and the old ones end up on sale for something like 20% less than a new firearm. The coolest thing is that these guns are usually modified in some way. The M&P I have my eye on at Bud's Guns comes with night sights installed, and three magazines in the box, and still costs waaay less than a new M&P.
I'll keep the Interwebs posted on my progress as soon as I have any.