Carl Walther (Umarex) S&W M&P 22
April 2012: wonderfully dirty; one of my torture test M&P22s at 850+ rounds, no cleaning.
Yes, this is outright abuse but isn't it what everyone wants to see? A truly fun and worthwhile
.22 caliber handgun should be able to run zero malfunction 1,000 rounds without cleaning!
It also needs to run with all kinds of standard and high vel .22LR. If it won't, don't buy it.
S&W M&P 22 Compact
September 2014: Suprising many in the firearms industry, a compact (trendy 85% sized version) M&P22
is available - pleasantly suprising because the pistol AND magazines are in good quantity as it is released.
The M&P22 Compact puts Smith & Wesson into a decided competition with other 85% sized .22 pistols.
However, no other downsized .22 pistol from competing companies have the crossover attributes like this.
With 85% size pistols: some brands have finicky ammunition requirements, come only with one magazine,
hard-to-find/high priced magazines, have more involved disassembly procedures, or may cost much more.
The M&P22 Compact comes with two magazines, has easy disassembly (just like M&P centerfire pistols)
is proving to be reliable, has familiar controls, discernable trigger reset, and suggested retail price of $389.
It has 2 mags and adjustable sight (Imported Carl Walther M&P22 has fixed rear, ships with only 1 mag)
Walther PPQ .22
Closest crossover to striker-fired centerfire defensive pistols and reliable! Shipped with 1 mag, ret $429.
Rock Island Armory 9mm 1911-TacII
Incredible value, awesome price! Fiber optic red front sight, low mount adjustable rear sight,
aggressively textured G10 VZ grips, removable magwell, ambi safety, true 10rd mag. Ret $722
There is nothing on the market that can come close to such value in a 9mm 1911 at this price!
Truly a welcome offering in the vast world of handguns; specifically 9mm model 1911s:
Base model tested above had Novak pattern sights, ambi safety, high ride beavertail.
Test pistol ran flawlessly with all kinds of 9mm right from the start. That's reliability!
Beretta's Model 92 variants: M9 and 92, 92A1
Two current Beretta 92 variants on the market now: M9 (closest to military issue) and railed frame 92A1.
Railed frame on 92A1 is again different from previous GSD and Elite 1A models. Won't fit same holsters.
92A1 has a slight 2mm reduced radius underneath tang of frame, allowing a much easier reach to trigger.
92A1: 3 dot sights. M9: 2 dot sights. Shooting differences by sight configurations are only psychological.
Standard 92 in background. M9 in foreground: M9-serialization, M9 markings and assy numbers on slide.
The dustcover on standard non-railed 92 has a taper toward muzzle and the M9's dustcover is straight.
Beretta's railed M9A1 and railed 92A1 comparisons
Both are railed frame models, same price. There are some differences between the two. - Beretta pictures -
M9A1 (foreground) has beveled integral magwell. M9A1 fixed front sight, 92A1 dovetailed front sight.
Both models share the same type of two-dot rear sight found on the proven standard model 92FS.
M9A1 frame: aggressively checkered front and backstrap. It is vital to have a secure firing grip.
All defensive guns should come with aggressive grip frames that improve controllability.
Truth about revolvers and their limitations
What if you're on the ground, below sight / behind low cover, and you cannot risk getting up to a higher
position to manipulate/reload revolvers? Two hands is already tough; what if only one hand was usable?
Semiauto mag-fed handguns far easier to work with in these difficult and uncomfortable situations.
For many with limited time to take serious training opportunities, this is why I strongly recommend
striker-fired semiauto pistols over revolvers. Whatever your preference, get uncomfortable and train.
Common 4" barreled revolver, grounded reload - with use of both hands. Gravity is against us unloading
empty cases and getting a fresh load into the cylinder. Anyone can conduct reloading while being upright.
Even if ejector has full throw on 4" barrel model, horizontal manipulating requirement hampers extraction.
Definitely need to whisk out expanded empties and push in new cartridges, close cylinder, get gun up!
Now deal with reloading task, grounded, using only one hand. Let's say your strong hand is unusable.
Empties won't eject cleanly; gravity won't work for us. Indexing speedloader needs unmoving cylinder.
Stub of hand/arm is best bet to work last empties out of cylinder then secure cylinder for reload task.
Ensuring fresh cartridges stay in cylinder (we're horizontal on the ground, not sitting or standing upright!)
then closing cylinder with stub of strong hand will have revolver ready to fire again. Practiced offhand or
even strong side one-handed lately? Try from lying down, raising head just enough to aim above cover!
S&W Model 442 Pro Series has a distinct advantage: cylinder is cut and designed to accept moon clips.
In this case, all 5 empties will dump positively when (short throw) ejector is punched, and a reload is fast
as 5 new cartridges are indexed and reloaded very easily as they are simultaneously loaded into cylinder.
One handed. What if the strong side right hand - as it is for the majority - is not usable? What can we do?
Use the stub of right to punch ejector, probably need to pluck out moon clip (thankfully it is a moon clip),
get fresh cartridges into cylinder, roll cylinder shut with stub of right hand, get gun up and firing with left!
*I can hear loser comments with misled, self-justified, neophyte and tame range mentality proclaiming*
"Look! he's covering the muzzle with his right hand/body parts we are not wanting to destroy!"
Here's my retort: Hey dummy! It does not matter, you are FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE!
Those are the same losers that believe looking perfect in some weaver ideal push-pull stance on an indoor
range creating perfect 5 to 10 shot groups at a mere 3 yards is training and their friends / significant others
should listen to them because they shoot so perfect standing in one spot without discomfort or challenges.
Hey, I started there too. Now it's time for Americans to raise our standards and really learn how to fight.
*Open your eyes to how you can be better prepared and trained, thus being able to share it with others.*
Believe it, less live firing and more force-on-force training with others would be much better time spent
than weekly visits to the range expending unnecessary amounts of ammunition and getting so bored that
'we gotta get that laser' or 'I like try (buy) a different (fourth one yet!) handgun cause it's new!' WTH!?