First Shots With the M&P 9

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!

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.