Posted By Kchan on 23 Apr 2012 07:10 PM
srf13 are you a GM? I think I have not developed good muscle memory at all for SA/DA guns. Than again, I don't have any firearms which means each rental is a completely new system I have to learn. What makes you choose the M&P for your duty and that specific caliber?
Not a GM.... yet.
About 11 more months to go.
I'm the instructor for our department. One of the reasons a lot of military and LE go with these Double Action Only, Safe-Action, or DAK triggers is so that there is a consistent trigger pull every time. I'm not saying I agree with it, it's just how liability driven administrators think. It's the reason that NYPD has a 12 pound trigger pull. They want guys to really have to commit to pulling the trigger if they are going to. I think ours break consistently at 6 pounds.
We went with the M&P for several reasons:
1. It's the same gun that area departments use. Think interoperability in a mutual aid situation.
2. Glock really didn't do much to improve their guns (in my opinion) over Gen 3 glocks.
3. The S&W has floating slide rails, so recoil isn't transferred to lower receiver like a Glock.
4. The .45 round is a lower pressure cartridge, that is about 350 fps slower than .40 It's got a lot less snap, and that worked better overall for some of the people I have to teach. Slower round, less over penetration, better expansion.
5. Our guns were ancient, and S&W (aside from being American and local to us) gave us a great deal.
6. Interchangable backstraps.... WIN. We were carrying a mix of G22s and G23s before due to hand sizes. Not acceptable to me.
Do looks have any factor when you buy your firearms? Or is it all function? Would you saw you get for what you pay for? Example would be springfield armory or kimber compared to a norinco or rock island armory 1911?
I have to say that I don't have a ton of experience with the champagne of firearms (1911) due to my Bud Light budget. I think that looks aren't really important, but form is? If that makes any sense. If the gun looks all tactical, but design has a purpose, then I'm good with it. I will say that the M&P's aggressive angle vs. the Glock provides more balance... it also coincidentally looks badass.
Trigger pull is definitely most important when it comes to correcting bad shooters though. So a well designed trigger is really the foundation for us. Again, just my humble opinion.