Range days are good days, and getting time on the PSTC Green Deck is even better. One one of the weekends leading up to the PST 103 course I got some holster practice time with the S&W M&P9 2.0 Compact, which I used for class (along with the IWI Masada and the Glock G19 Gen5, but that’s a longer story).
The Whole Room to Myself!
Green Deck access is granted (provisionally) with the successful completion of the PST 102 course, and while that part of the gun range is often used for training and by law enforcement personnel, sometimes you get lucky and have the whole thing to yourself. Seems almost a waste just to use one lane of it, but
I started out with a quick warm-up at 7 yards from the low ready position, three shots at the left “D,” then a handful (or two) of single shots from holster under concealment (i.e., the PDX Sports Coat, a.k.a. zippered hoodie):
Then moving back to 10 yards, more single shots from concealed holster with no particular time crunch (I figure I’d “do better” first before working on “do faster”):
A bigger group of holes, which is to be expected, but they’re all within the “A” box.
Shiny! Squirrel! Ruger Mk III!!!
As documented elsewhere, I subsequently distracted myself with a proper target shooting pistol for the rest of the visit. However, considering how difficult it is to get live fire holster practice, I think I did okay.
In the near-mythical days before the gun and bullet shortage, I snagged the M&P Compact for a bit under $390, and I have found it to be accurate, reliable, and easy to maintain.
I usually practice with the 17-round magazine (plus the spacer) as pictured above. I later dropped a slab more cash for a Glock G19 Gen5 (because everyone should own a Glock [runs for cover]).
It took a while for me to stumble upon the “duh” moment of realizing that they’re dimensionally quite similar. No, you don’t need a new prescription for your glasses, that’s an overlay courtesy of HandgunHero.
Of course nitpicking the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of the two pistols would take an eternity to sort out (if ever and likely never), so I’ll leave you with a photo of the Ugliest Hat in the Universe which now I proudly own:
The Raymond button is something we made at home.