Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New S&W M&P Pro 9mm

I've been looking for one of these babies for months.  Last week I walked into Dunn's Sporting Goods in Pevely, MO, and found a new on the shelf.  This will be my back up gun for competition.  I plan to continue to shoot my M&P in Production division in USPSA and in SSP and ESP in IDPA.  But first this new gun needs some upgrades so that it can be exactly like the one I shoot now.  Here's what I will be doing to the gun this week:

  • Change out the stock guide rod with an ISMI steel captured one and put in an 11lb recoil spring.
  • Putting in an 11lb recoil spring requires clipping a few coils off the striker spring otherwise it will not go back into battery after a shot. 
  • Put in an Apex Tactical competition AEK trigger.  This will give me a sub-three pound trigger pull.
  • Put in an Apex Tactical RAM (Reset Assist Mechanism) so that the reset on the trigger is crisp and tactile.  
  • Take off the stock front and rear sights. Even though it comes with a green fiber optic front sight, it's too wide.  The FO must be .150 or so.  You can't be accurate on long shots with that wide of a green dot on the front of your gun.  I'm replacing it with a Dawson Precision .100 FO red front sight.  The stock rear sight is okay, but I've gotten used to a Dawson Precision FO adjustable rear sight.  I put green FO filaments in the rear and red in the front.  Before I tried this last year I was told that this makes the sight picture "too busy" and hinders fast target acquisition.  But I've not found that to be the case.  The two green dots in back gives me more control over vertical movement and placement of the sights. But that's probably just me.  It works for me, so I'm going to keep doing it.
  • Putting sand-textured tape on the grip.
I also have a SSS ESP magwell for this gun and plan to use it occasionally for IDPA.

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