So I’ve been carrying a S&W M&P M2.0 Compact in 9mm since last October off and on and, over 2,000-rounds later, I really dig it and it has been holding up well. Size-wise, it is a dead ringer for the Glock 19 and has a lot of bonuses that the G doesn’t.
I also from time to time carry an assortment of Glocks to include my G19X, Gen 3 Gen 19, and Gen 4 G30– with the latter being a 10+1 round .45ACP with a 3.78-inch barrel. I like it so much that one of the characters in my zombie fiction franchise carries one.
With that being said, my interest was piqued to find out that Smith now has an M2.0 Compact in .45ACP, complete with a 10+1 round capacity and a 4-inch barrel. Color me on the T&E team for that one.
I always kinda liked the P239. Slightly more ergonomic than the classic P6/P225 West German police pistol, it was a great carry for its time, sort of a 9mm Walther PP.
Sig Sauer debuted the compact, personal-sized handgun in 1996 in 9mm and .357 SIG, later adding .40 S&W to the stable two years later. Over the years the company sold them in DAO and double/single action configurations as well as with their DAK trigger system with various finishes and options.
However, when the 2018 catalog and dealer price list came out last Fall, Sig forums lit up with the news that the model had been quietly discontinued. Last month, it largely disappeared from the company’s website, leaving with a whisper.
More in my column at Guns.com
So Trailblazer Firearms seems to be doing pretty well with their single-shot folding .22LR (with an optional .22WMR barrel) Lifecard handgun.
Small enough to fit in an Altoids tin or the 5th pocket of a set of jeans (should they still exist), the thing is pretty neat. Just not $400 neat, IMHO, as you can spend the same amount and get a Ruger LC9 with a holster and a few hundred rounds of practice ammo.
However, they have sold over 6,000 of these little popguns in the past year, which isn’t a lot compared to the million Glock 43s sold in the past two years, but that is pushing close to the $2.4 million mark– not bad coin for a startup gun.
Especially one about the same profile as a credit card.
Anyway, more in my column at Guns.com
These sweet little pistols are great– I’ve picked up a few in recent months. Pro-tip if you get into collecting these: C.G.P. markings on the slide are for the Civil Guardia Policia for Spain and P.A. is the Policia Armada for Spain. CGP patrolled the rural areas while the PA patrolled the cities (Madrid, Barcelona, etc.).
The model was used by LaFrance Specialties to make the famous “NOVA 6-Pack” in the 1980s that could use either a chopped 6-round mag or the standard 8-shot.
Stars from the Eger Collection, lol:
Two weeks ago there was an absolutely bonkers LE gunfight caught on body cam by Las Vegas Metro during which the officer engages in a running fight with two armed murder suspects in a stolen SUV across city streets. I wrote it up over at Guns.com and the details– some 65 rounds fired by two officers and two subjects with shell casings recovered at five different locations– are the stuff of a Michael Mann movie.
One of the interesting takeaways I noticed: once the primary officer has to perform an emergency reload he fumbles the magazine exchange for a couple seconds by inserting the fresh mag upside down, which he then has to clear, reassess and perform correctly to engage the threat.
This is a good time to point out that you should index your reloads to where they orient naturally when pulled from your spare mag pouch/system. Practice, practice, practice this several hundred times with a clear gun (or with snap caps) and mags in a safe location and revisit that practice regularly. Luckily, he had the seconds to spare.
Sadly, most LE only get paid to recertify for their actual range time each quarter– if that– and most neglect those crucial hours of muscle memory dry firing drills that can help alleviate situations like this.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking the officer, I am sure that the auditory exclusion, adrenaline overload and pucker factor of the situation had his rear end clenched tighter than a cheerio and kudos to him for being able to fix the problem. But you can also take that problem and learn from it.
Also, there is the whole firing through the dashboard thing, which for a handgun is an iffy situation as few pistol rounds can be considered “barrier blind,” but that is another gripe session for later days.
Carry on and be safe!
When Glock dropped their “crossover” coyote-framed G19X onto the commercial market late last year, a lot of people went apeshit. Some complained that the concept, which blended a shortened Gen 5 G17 frame with a G19 tophalf and added some decent upgrades (like steel night sights and tweaked internals) should have instead done exactly the opposite to even mocked up a G26/G19 blend.
I have had one since the beginning– a T&E gun that I put 2,000 rounds through and really dug. In fact, I liked it so much that I bought it from Smyrna at the end of the eval period and I carry it often.
I’m apparently not the only one, as Glock announced last week that they have delivered over 100,000 of the pistols to the hungry market– proving that it wasn’t the clown shoes of modern handgun offerings that detractors said it would be.
“The Glock 19X has helped reinvigorate the polymer pistol market. Its demand and popularity has exceeded our expectations” said Flint Virgets, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lipsey’s, the nation’s leading wholesale firearms distributor last week.
Kirk Kjellberg’s Ideal Conceal, a folding double-barreled derringer that mimics the profile when closed of a smartphone, is now shipping.
Promised two years ago at the ~$395 MSRP, I caught up with them at SHOT in January where they were closer to market at $500(ish).
But wait, because the Trailblazer Firearms Co. says they have released some 6,000 of their single-shot .22LR Lifecards– much the same concept as Ideal Conceal but more credit-card-sized– into the wild.
More on that here.