Here’s another range outing prior to the events of the PST 103 course, this time with the S&W M&P9 2.0 Compact which I did use for a part of the 103. After cutting my figurative teeth on the M&P9 Shield 1.0, the 2.0 Compact was the very reasonably priced upgrade and a darn great value in retrospect.
Sunday Morning Brings the Dawn In
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to hit the range as often as I do. I typically aim (ha ha) for early Sunday mornings as those tend to be mellower times at the PSTC.
Here’s a bunch of shots made with the M&P9 2.0 at 7 and 10 yards:
Aim Small, Miss Small
Starting out with a warm-up at 7 yards:
Stepping back a bit to 10 yards:
Another course of fire at 10 yards, reusing the “1” circle with a self-adhesive target:
One more at 10 yards:
As noted elsewhere these circles are about 3" in diameter. Definitely have my work cut out for me to nail a coin-sized target at that distance, but hey, ya gotta have goals.
Thus far the M&P9 2.0 Compact has been reliable, easy to clean, and inherently more accurate than what this shooter can do (although he’s working on getting better). The pre-pandemic walk-out-the-door price of ~$390 is hard to beat, especially in these pandemic times.
And Now for Something a Bit Different
When the folks behind Animal Crossing Pocket Camp introduced the augmented reality camera feature, did they figure that folks like me would be taking their animal pals out to the range?
Meet Zell, my assistant camp manager posing next to the M&P.
You can see the Mantis x10 Elite doohickey on the rail. I have some very minor quibbles, but for the most part the Mantis has been an excellent training tool for getting feedback on trigger presses.