I mentioned just over a week ago that my birthday present this year was a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 semi-automatic handgun. Well, I finally got out to the range today to give it a try (almost a week later than I had originally planned; too much going on lately).

The gun shoots very well; quite similar in recoil to our revolver when we are shooting .38 Special rounds (as opposed to the more powerful .357 Magnum rounds). My accuracy is roughly comparable to my accuracy with the revolver. Of course, I’ll continue practicing and improving . . . but as you can see, firing 17 rounds from a distance of seven yards, I didn’t do too bad. All rounds landed well within the target circle (roughly 10″).

I’m still new at this though, so there’s definitely room for improvement!