Smith & Wesson’s M&P Performance Center Ported Model Is One Flat Shooter

Smith & Wesson's M&P Pro Series C.O.R.E. - now ported!

Smith & Wesson’s M&P Pro Series C.O.R.E. – now ported!

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot the new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Ported pistols. While optimized for competition, there’s no reason these models couldn’t serve as a home defense go-to gun. Some of the features that make it a great competition gun serve equally well on other capacities too.

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There are four variants of the new M&P Performance Center ported models – two each in 9mm and .40 S&W caliber. Each caliber offers a 5-inch and 4.25-inch barrel choice. All other features are the same including capacity and frame size. The differences in barrel length translate into a one-inch overall length difference with the 5-inch barrel models measuring 8.5-inches overall and the 4.25-inch barrel models measuring 7.5-inches.

The ported barrels aren't just for looks. As you'll see, this gun shoots flat.

The ported barrels aren’t just for looks. As you’ll see, this gun shoots flat.

Apart from the standard M&P lineup, you’ll find a number of features that support the need for speed.

Capacity is 17+1 for the 9mm models and 15+1 for the .40s. An adjustable trigger stop lets you come as close as you dare to eliminating over travel so you can get working on the reset faster. Like the standard M&P models, the Performance Center Ported models have three grip panels for a customizable fit, but you’ll notice a different and more aggressive texture on these. I shot them without gloves and found the gun secure, but not rough to the point of causing abrasion-facilitated blood letting at the range.

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New Smith & Wesson M&P Laser from Crimson Trace

Crimson Trace LG-360

New from Crimson Trace is a green Laserguard for Smith & Wesson full-size and compact pistols. The new super-small LG-360G unit even features scalloped design to match the host gun’s slide serration pattern.

From the company:

Crimson Trace, America’s leading brand in laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, will soon release the LG-360G –a new Laserguard® equipped with a powerful Crimson Trace green laser. This Laserguard is engineered to perfectly fit over the trigger guard and rail system of the popular S&W M&P full-size and compact pistols, and it features Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation™ with a pressure sensitive touch pad under the trigger guard. The new LG-360G will also provide the user with a master on/off switch to permit user preferences on when the laser can be engaged—or disengaged.

The Laserguard LG-360G features a unique set of inset scallops that match the in-the-metal patterns found along a portion of the pistol’s slide. Those scallops, along with seamless integration, combine to make the new LG-360G have a factory-built appeal and appearance. This new Laserguard will also permit windage and elevation adjustments that can be easily accomplished with the provided tools. This laser sight can be easily installed by the buyer in a few minutes without any special gunsmithing tools, and it will be covered under Crimson Trace’s popular Free Batteries for Life program.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the LG-360G will be $299.

New Bullets from PolyCase Ammunition

New 9mm Firefly tracer ammunition (left) and ARX self-defense ammunition (right)

New 9mm Firefly tracer ammunition (left) and ARX self-defense ammunition (right)

Remember PolyCase Ammunition? They’re the folks that developed disposable polymer cases for a variety of rifle and pistol cartridges. When the great ammunition crunch of 2013 hit, PolyCase, like other ammunition manufacturers, had trouble obtaining the components to load cartridges in the polymer cases. Turning frustration into opportunity, the PolyCase team set about inventing their own projectiles. Like their previous work with breakthrough innovation, they’ve figure out how to make projectiles using injection molding techniques. Using a blend of 10% polymer and 90% copper, they create practice, self-defense and tracer projectiles by molding them from liquid goo. According to the company, accuracy is improved as the molding process avoids traditional challenges of weight variation and concentricity anomalies.

The groundbreaking concept behind this it that PolyCase can make the projectiles into virtually any shape they want as the injection molding process is not limited by traditional stamping techniques. The Inceptor ARX self-defense projectile resembles a drill bit and is designed to provide directional and rotational energy transfer to the target. The light weight, lead-free projectiles still penetrate to FBI standards as they are not designed to expand in the traditional sense.

For more information, visit PolyCase Ammunition.

New Product: Maglula Range Bench Loader for MSR Rifles

Load an AR magazine in seconds, no blisters, with the new Maglula Range BenchLoaded

Load an AR magazine in seconds, no blisters, with the new Maglula Range BenchLoaded

New from the finger-saving engineers at Maglula is the Range BenchLoader. Like it’s predecessor, the BenchLoader, it’s designed to instantly load up from 1 to 30 rounds in an AR rifle magazine. The original BenchLoader offered similar performance but was larger, heavier and due to the design, only accepted certain types of standard AR magazines. The new Range BenchLoader does not fully contain the magazine; it attaches to the open of of the magazine using the magazine catch cutout. This means the new Range model will accept all type of AR magazines including P-Mags and Surefire 60 round magazines.

To operate, dump cartridges into the curved tray, oriented properly and push the entire load into the magazine. The entire process takes less than 25 seconds. Weighing just 13 ounces, it’s light and small enough to toss in a range bag.

One more thing. The “lula” in Maglula stands for “loading / unloading accessory” in case you were wondering.

Suggested retail price is $165.00.

For more information, visit www.maglula.com.

New Product: Stack-A-Rest Rifle Rest

Four stacking foam blocks quickly customize the height of your rifle rest.

Four stacking foam blocks quickly customize the height of your rifle rest.

In today’s why didn’t I think of that and become rich category is the Stack-a-Rest from Quake Industries.

It’s a series of stackable foam pieces, kind of like Legos Gone Wild that fit together in a number of different ways. Stack one, two, three or all four to adjust your rifle rest height and use any leftover pieces under your support arm. If you invert one and put the flat sides together, you can shove a cartridge through the center hole to create a stable rotating turret. The angular side down allows stable mounting on window frames, truck doors, branches, rocks or most whatever else is handy. One of the pieces even has a slit cut across so it will fit snugly on a car window.

Put the flat sides together and create a rotating platform rest.

Put the flat sides together and create a rotating platform rest.

The whole set only weighs ten ounces, so it’s easy to tote to the range or strap to your backpack while on a hunt.

Cool idea. They’re starting to hit the stores now.

NEW PRODUCT: SilencerCo Threaded Barrels

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Wandering the halls of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers show, I stumbled across a brand new product from SilencerCo.

Literally arriving in town this morning, threaded barrels for Glock 21 and 17 models are now in production. Threaded barrels for the Glock 19 and Sig P226 will be available over the next couple of months.

Perfect threading for suppressor use is a big deal as slight variations can result in baffle strikes or internal damage for expensive silencer devices.

Pricing and availability details to follow.

New Daisy Slime Oozing Targets

Daisy's Slime Oozing Targets add a whole new level of fun over paper targets.

Daisy’s Slime Oozing Targets add a whole new level of fun over paper targets.

Here’s a neat idea sure to capture a young shooter’s attention. New Slime Oozing targets from Daisy provide fun interactivity with hardly any mess. I saw these recent at a media shooting event and had to check them out when I saw experienced gun writers bypassing real gun tables to head to the Daisy booth. That’s right – a bunch of normally serious folks were gleefully plinking away at these targets.

Each hit from a BB or pellet gun releases a little bit of pinkish-reddish slime ooze that clearly indicates a hit. Right now, two types of targets are available: a half watermelon and a set of three soda cans. The ooze in the center is lightweight, so the targets are easy to hang on a normal target stand – no special support is required. The slime itself is thick and gelatinous, so while it will ooze from a BB hole, it’s unlikely to drip all the way to the ground. The slime dries pretty quickly and automatically seals the holes, so when finished for the day, take it home and bring it out again on your next trip.

You can find these online and at sporting retailers for less than $20.

Blackhawk! AR-15 Vertical Grip: For Stability, Tactical Lights & Low Heat

Adding The Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip

Moving right along with the Blackhawk! custom AR-15 project…

This time, I’m going to try out a complimentary accessory to the Blackhawk! Rail Mount Thumb Rest I installed last episode. The thumb rest can operate on its own to help grip, control and consistent hand placement. It also works great with a vertical grip.

The Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip will work on most any rifle with a standard rail up front. Of course, if you want the grip to be on the bottom of the forend, you must have a rail on the bottom.

But first, why does one need a vertical grip?

  1. The grip is one layer removed from even the rail, so it’s not gonna heat up with lots of firing. Keeping freshly manicured hands away from that softness-robbing heat has got to be a benefit. Along with a daily soak on Palmolive.
  2. Control. The vertical grip presents a modified weapon support method. It’s especially handy for short-stock configurations, like indoor use.
  3. If you want to add a tactical light, it provides a great way to grip the rifle AND easily control a tail cap activated light. We’ll explore that in a future article.
  4. You have to admit, it looks cool. That counts for something right?
Blackhawk Rail Mount Vertical Grip

Here the Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip is installed with the Blackhawk! Rail Mount Thumb Shelf – they play well together.

 

Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip: Installation and features

Blackhawk Rail Mount Vertical Grip parts

The Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip is modular in design, so you can customize the height of the grip. The standard vertical grip measures about 3 inches from the bottom of the rail. You can just fasten the included bottom cap to get a short post vertical grip configuration. This works great if you like to use the vertical grip as a partial hand support as shown in the photo later in this article. The kit also includes a grip extension that screws into the primary grip. This adds about 1 ⅝ inches so the total height of the vertical grip, with extension, is about 4 ⅝ inches. All of the parts are hollow and both the flat cap and extension grip piece include rubber gaskets to help seal the interior. This makes a handy place to safely store spare light batteries, small parts, cleaning supplies or maybe a few pieces of Bazooka Joe’s Bubble Gum. Your choice.

Blackhawk Rail Mount Vertical Grip installation

Since it’s a rail mount grip, installation is a snap. The grip itself has one half of a rail clamp molded in and a separate clamp for the opposite side. Two included hex bolts are used to fasten the grip to your rail. This provides a little extra flexibility for out of spec rails – you’ll still be able to get a solid mount.

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The two included hex bolts are spaced to slide through grooves in the rail for forward / backward stability.

Blackhawk Rail Mount Vertical Grip water tight storage

The flat end cap has a rubber gasket to help keep moisture out of the storage area. Since there is not much surface on the flat one, there’s a large slot on the bottom to make it easier to remove. The extension piece also includes a gasket, but does not need a bottom slot and has a slightly rounded bottom.

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Here’s the standard 3″ vertical grip installed with a Blackhawk! Rail Mount Thumb rest installed above and just forward of the Blackhawk! Rail Mount Vertical Grip.

Blackhawk Rail Mount Thumb Rest

The combination of the short vertical post and thumb rest works great. The thumb rest allows a little stable forward pressure and the vertical grip post allows a little backward pressure. The overall support-hand grip is rock solid. Of course, if you add the vertical grip extension, you have the additional option of using the vertical grip only with your support hand. In that configuration, you’re grasping the vertical grip more like a hammer.

One of the reasons I elected to install a vertical grip is that I’ll be trying out the Blackhawk! Offset Flashlight Rail Mount with a Blackhawk! Night-Ops Legacy L-6V tactical light. That one has a maximum output of 570 lumens, so maybe I’ll try it out at the 2013 Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational Match

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Half-Cocked: Off-Body Concealed Carry…

Briefcase Gun Holsters - Off Body Concealed Carry

Learn about all sorts of off-body concealed carry methods in our new book – The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters!

 

The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters – How To Carry A Gun In Your Underwear And More!

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The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters - Now available at Amazon.com

The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters – Now available at Amazon.com

Let’s face it. Choosing the best way to carry a gun can be a daunting task. Whether you’re new to guns or have been shooting since you were a wee tot, this book can help you understand concealed carry methods, how to carry a gun safely, and the relative pros and cons of over 120 specific gun holster models. We’ll even teach you several ways to carry a gun in your underwear.

This book will help you make the right gun holster choice – saving you time and money – while offering a dose of humor while you learn.

“Leather sixgun holsters became popular when a series of low budget spaghetti western films are produced like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Early design ideas are scrapped when it is determined that spaghetti does not ride well in leather holsters. And it makes many holsters soggy.”

Why do you need a book to choose and buy a gun holster? A few reasons really.

  • At last count, there are 4,187,237 different holsters on the market. Well, that might be an estimate, but there are a lot. If you had a dollar for each of those holsters, you could almost cover the Kardashians’ weekly clothing budget. So how do you choose the right holster with all those choices?
  • Hardly any stores carry a wide selection of holsters. Sure they might carry a couple of brands, but will they have a brand right for you and the model specific to your gun? It’s kind of like trying to find just the right shade of Morning Tropical Ocean Breeze Sunrise interior house paint at your local convenience store. It’s just not likely to happen. And that leaves you the option of having to search and buy from… the internet. And we all know that you can’t always believe everything you read on the internet. Well, except Youtube comments. Those are almost always true and thoughtful.
  • You can’t really try holsters out before you buy. Especially those underwear holsters. Gun store sales staff tend to get a little cranky when you start shedding clothes next to the ammunition aisle.
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The editors at MyGunCulture.com have painstakingly documented all the holsters we’ve tried over the years and provided helpful commentary about pros and cons of different holster styles. In other words, we’ve tried just about everything. We’ve had great successes. We’ve experienced colossal failures. We’ve listened to so many gun show huckster sales pitches that the late Billy Mays would be impressed. And the result? The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters.

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The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters topics Include:

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  • Weighing concealment versus accessibility
  • Open or concealed carry? How to start a good bar fight.
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  • Belt carry gun holsters – inside, outside and underneath?
  • Body carry solutions. Undershirts, belly bands and harnesses.
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  • Pocket gun holsters. Don’t worry, we keep things PG rated.
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Loaded with pictures and the occasional comedic illustration, The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters will tell you just about everything you need to know regarding styles of carry and the pros and cons of dozens and dozens of gun holsters from numerous manufacturers.

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