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Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton

Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton

If you are looking for a collapsible baton for yourself or possibly a friend or loved one, there's a bit of sticker shock if you walk into a LE shop or tactical supply store. Some models are close to $100 at their lowest length, and you would be looking at closer to $180-200 for a reasonable length baton of quality.
Smith & Wesson produces a few different length collapsible batons in their "Professional Quality Tools" product line. The longest baton available is 26 inches, coming in right at a $49.99 pricetag. There are 21 and 16 inch versions as well, with lower prices respectively.

Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton

This last Christmas I picked up a Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton in the 21 inch length. I had originally intended to gift it to a relative who frequently jogs in less than safe neighborhoods, however when I discovered they live in a county that outlaws concealable bats, batons, clubs, etc I decided to keep the baton for myself. Who would have thought a county would outlaw less than lethal self defense tools, yet allow permitted concealed carry of a pistol?

Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton

The Smith & Wesson baton is made of heat treated 4130 Stainless Alloy Steel tubing. The handle features a rubberized grip with a basket-weave pattern with raised treads. The endcap of the baton is flat, with the iconic S&W logo. The baton also comes packaged with a nylon sheath that interfaces with MOLLE strap systems, as well as a standard belt.

Smith & Wesson Collapsible Baton

When deploying the baton to its fully extent, you really have to do so with authority. If you flick your wrist with lesser force, the tube sections of the baton will not have the lockup and friction required to stay extended with use. Thats no bueno, and the more expensive batons I've tried seem less prone to deploying without enough force needed to lockup solid. The tensile strength of the baton seems hard enough to be efficient in a self defense scenario. I haven't struck much with it, so my judgement of its durability comes from how hard I have to strike the tip on the ground to collapse the baton.
In order to collapse the batons sections, you really have to strike a hard surface with the baton very much perpendicular to the ground. If you stab downward at an angle, you rise either scuffing the surface (your wife's hardwood floors) or chipping the tip of the baton. Even on concrete garage floors, I've had to give it a really hard rap a few times to get it to collapse. However that is how good quality collapsible batons are supposed to work: easy and fast to deploy, slower to disengage when the threat is over.
While I wouldn't carry this baton for law enforcement or security, I would feel confident having this in a bugout bag or glovebox where it's within reach if needed. Then again, I'll keep my Glock 19 closer.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Easier to use and less conspicuous than a bulky night stick, Smith & Wesson Heat Treated Collapsible batons provide an easy-to-use threat deterrent with the flick of a wrist

Target Market:  Civilians (where legal) and LEO/Security, anyone concerned with self defense.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Thermoplastic Polyester Elastomer Handle Grip
  • Tensile Strength 6638.78 lbf
  • Bending Strength: 4055.84 lbf
  • 4130 Seamless Alloy Steel Tubing
  • HRC46-47 Hardness

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black Only, available in 16, 21 or 26 inch length

What others are saying?:

"Vulgar display of awesome. Advantages: Ease of use, Durability, Performs well, Value for moneyQuality. These are very well made, grip is perfect, weight is hefty, action is solid. These are not for your halloween costume, unless you plan on being attacked. I guarantee this will deter just about any attack, or put said attacker in touch with reality. First thing I did was flick it all the way out, very satisfying, very. BassPro Shops Customer Review

"Okay for the price, the baton fits way too tight in the sheath for any kind of quick draw. After about 2 months of service the seam on the belt loop of the sheath busted off on the job so I had to carry the baton in a pocket. Not much later while closing the baton (like usual striking perpendicular to the ground) the tip busted right off. For all intents and purposes it is still servicable but if I could do it all over again I would have spent the extra money for a quality built reliable piece of gear from ASP. "  LA Police Gear Customer Review

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  BassPro Shops,  MidwayUSA, Cabelas, and most local gun shops or outdoor stores.

Our Rating:


  • Weight and diameter are less than other LEO grade batons
  • Grip texture is very tacky even when whet
  • Included sheath features MOLLE strap
  • When extended properly, its very solid


  • Aggressive rubber texture on handle adds friction to retention making unsheathing difficult
  • No lanyard
  • Doesn't stay extended if not deployed hard enough

Score: 7.0 Good



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Smith and Wesson M&P 15 MOE Midlength Review

m&P By Bradley Johnson

The black rifle. Most non-shooters recoil at the sight, or very mention of it. In fact, reading reviews of local shooting ranges has lead me to believe that many people think they are out right illegal. Of course (and fortunately for me) that is not the case.

I was born and raised in California. This puts me at a disadvantage among the shooting community. However, I was determined to throw my hat into the ring.

If black rifles are illegal, then someone forgot to tell RifleGear; my local shop; they carry everything the modern sportsman could want. I entered with the intent to purchase an entry level rifle. I've shot in the past, but this would be my first "black rifle". Apparently, I was not alone in my endeavor, because the line was literally out the door!

After handling several rifles (Spikes, Daniel Defense, etc), I left with an M&P 15 MOE Midlength... well, if only it were that easy. 10 days later...

After a strip down, inspection, and cleaning I was sure that my day at the range would be a good one. My first impression of the rifle was sheer elation! It was accurate straight out of the box, and it felt great in my hands. Everything functioned perfectly, and the Magpul add-ons were light, and handled well (surprise, surprise). I thought it was odd that the magazine was a 30/10 (30 round mag modified to only accept 10 rounds), instead of a 10 round mag, but I guess Smith & Wesson leaves the "California Compliant" part up to the dealer. The "Art of the Carbine" DVDs included with the rifle were really informative. Not only do they cover tactics, but also breakdown, cleaning, malfunctions, etc.

My wife felt the same way, and since I'm not much to look at, I've included a video of her firing it at the range.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Reliability. I've put one thousand rounds through this rifle without a single hiccup. Smith & Wesson definitely delivered a product worthy of their legacy. The MOE furniture only adds to the overall experience.

Target Market: This is a solid rifle. Magpul is a leader in firearms accessories, and for good reason. Everything about this rifle feels right!

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Magpul!
  • Magpul adjustable stock, pistol grip, hand guard, folding m-bus backup sight, and vertical grip. The magwell is also flared for easy insertion of mags, and the Magpul logo is stamped on the lower receiver.
  • M4 A2 front post sight
  • "The Art of the Carbine" DVD set. The DVDs cover tactics/range practice routines, cleaning, breakdown, malfunctions, etc. In other words, everything that the Smith & Wesson manual fails to mention.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Smith and Wesson M&P 15 MOE Midlength is available in black and flat dark earth.

What others are saying?: “Testing of the M&P-15 MOE Mid began with rapid-fire drills using a randomly loaded assortment of .223 Rem. ammunition—ranging from lightweight, varmint-type offerings to those appropriate for high-power competition at Camp Perry—and not once did the rifle experience a malfunction. Although this illustrated the rifle’s ability to digest a wide range of ammunition types, it doesn’t reveal its accuracy potential. As such, we mounted a Nikon 3-12x40 mm M-223 riflescope in the company’s two-piece P-series rings, then shot five consecutive, five-shot groups at 100 yards with three ammunition types. The rifle clearly preferred PMC’s Precision 75-grain BTHP load, averaging 1.43 inches for 25 shots, and the single best group measuring slightly more than an inch. More economical loads produced respectable groups, too.

With the M&P-15 MOE Mid, S&W offers shooters an AR that, right out of the box, is well-suited to handling a range of tasks, from protection and competition to hunting. As such, it would make an excellent choice for those desiring an AR-style rifle, be it their first or simply an upgrade.” - American Rifleman

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: This rifle is available from many retailers, including Bud's Gun Shop and Cheaper than Dirt.

Our Rating: + Magpul furniture + Iron sights + 1 in 8 twist

Score: 8.5 Great85


Smith & Wesson M&P P357c


My first new addition of 2014 is an Smith & Wesson M&P 357c.   It's an interesting little powerhouse, and had I not already had 357 sig reloading components I probably would have passed this compact pistol up.  However after taking it out on our first date and getting a feel for its frame, I think I've grown a fondness for her.  The price of the meal was unbelievable, as .357 Sig ammo prices have only skyrocketed up - on top of the prepanic pricetag that was in the $30 per 50 range.  The only boxes I found locally were $33 for Winchester whitebox 125gr FMJ 50 rounds or $42 for the same offering from American Eagle.  The trade off for the lighter wallet was heavy firepower, the sig round is definitely a snappy performer with a wallop. 

Short history of the .357 Sig round: Developed in 1994 by Sig Sauer, the round 9mm bullet in a necked down (but slightly longer) 40s&w case. It's one of the first commercial members of the bottle-neck pistol cartridge family.  The reason behind the design was to match the performance of a .357 Magnum 125gr round fired from a 4 inch revolver, but with a higher capacity semi auto pistol with magazines. Law Enforcement was all over the .357 Sig in the mid-late 90's and early 2000's until the economy tanked and it became much more fiscal to switch back to 40sw or 9mm.

The 357c and its other M&P bretheren have earned a high reputation for concealability, firepower, and overall suitability. As a defensive caliber, its hard to disagree that the .357 sig has an edge.  With an average velocity of 1,385 ft/s and muzzle energy of 532 ft·lb, the projectile has more gas than both its 9mm and 40sw competition.  Penetration averages 12-16 inches depending on bullet type.  This equates to more energy delivered to tissue, and less resistance from barriers and heavy clothing.  In a compact like this M&P, its a great carry platform.  Having 10+1 rounds may seem disadvantageous to some who are legally allowed to carry more, or have the body frame that allows for a full size grip.  But for those who want something smaller and easier to carry, and still have confidence in what the caliber is capable of, the .357c seems like the ticket.  Those with sausage fingers may find three or two digits on the frame is pretty skimpy, and those mag extenders with the pinky ledge maybe something worth getting.  Just be sure to pick up that brass, because its not something you come across at the range often and even if you do not reload, someone out there does and will be grateful to do business with you.

To address the affordability of future dates with this dame, I picked up a conversion barrel from Storm Lake in 9mm.  The barrel was about $150 after tax and shipping, and will surely pay for itself after a few range sessions.  I picked up a couple 17rd full size 9mm magazine (thank you Washington State for not trying to limit that freedom, I'm keeping my eye on you though!) and some X-grip adapters that make those mags flush with the compact frame.  The result is a very comfortable range shooter, the magazine combination does not detract from the ergonomics but adds to them, giving the grip a Walther-esque curve that just FITS my hands much to my surprise.  The Storm Lake barrel is supposedly "Match" grade, and with my shooting I can only determine that it hits where I point it.

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What I don't like about the M&P357c is its "ninja" trigger reset, which is barely noticeable at all. Someone who has never had the blessing/curse of developing muscle memory and shooting habits with a Glock or other polymer strikerfire pistol may not care about it, but it drives me nuts. I'm used to that audible and tangible reset, and if it doesn't go off I'm used to treating it as a malfunction.  It is there just ever so slightly, so I will have to adjust sensitivity.  Also, I despise the safety systems.  M&P's seem to come in different safety varieties, the least of which I hate is the thumb safety surprisingly, and I've only seen it on a 9mm compact model once (Most including mine do not have this).  All factory models sport a hinged trigger safety, which is disruptive to good trigger pulls IMHO, and can easily be defeated by a stick of lip balm, jacket drawstring, a pen, basically anything thats rigid enough and the right motion and the trigger will depress fully, which probably explains the 6.5 lb trigger weight.  There are modifications for both of those issues out there with basic disassembly abilities and access to youtube.  The other safety I really don't care for is the magazine safety, which deploys when a magazine is released from the gun.  Sure it can prevent ND's from that infamous "last round in the chamber" from occurring when you pull the mag out, but there's really no substitute for competence of the firearm operator. If for whatever reason you are in a struggle and the magazine is ejected from your M&P you had better switch to melee mode, because you are now holding an expensive bludgeoning device. Of course not many crooks will know about that achilles heel of safeties, so practice that poker face!

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: No other polymer pistol offers this combination of versatility, durability and safety.

Target Market:  Police, private security and civilian shooters.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • 3.5" Barrel, 6.7" Overall Length compact profile well suited for concealed carry.
  • 22.2 oz unloaded
  • Zytel Polymer Frame, Stainless Steel Barrel/Slide and Structural Components
  • Replaceable backstraps in 3 different sizes.
  • 6.5lb trigger pull
  • 10+1 capacity with standard compact mags, accepts 15 round full size mags.
  • Sights: Front Steel Ramp Dovetail Mount / Rear Steel Novak® Lo-Mount Carry.  Tritium sights optional.
  • Reversable magazine release.
  • Accessory Rail

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black only but there are FDE backstraps available.

What others are saying?: "This gun now serves as a backup and nightstand gun, because it is still an excellent shooter, concealable, comfortable to shoot, reliable, good capacity for its size (and can take a full sized magazine, so use that for a secondary for increased capacity), and very economically priced for the quality you are getting." Buds Guns Customer Review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: Personal sales, or convert a M&P40c.  This model is no longer in production as is widely sought after.  357sig barrels are in high demand and low circulation as well.

Our Rating:

+ Better ergonomics than Glock (Gen 3) in my collection - easy to customize to personal hand size - grip has good beavertail/concave area for web of hand + Trigger is relatively smooth (mine was  used/broken in) and doesn't feel heavy as 6.5 lbs sounds. + Scalloped rear slide serrations work well. + Sights are bright and white, rear is by Novak + Easy to convert to 40sw or 9mm with conversion barrels from S&W or Storm Lake.  Can accept a factory S&W 40c barrel, uses same mags.

- Trigger reset is almost negligible, not audible and barely tangible.  Takes getting used to or modification. - Taking down not as fluid as a glock or XD, requires a tool (integrated in grip) to pry a lever from inside the slide, makes cleaning or caliber swapping a slow process. - I personally think the trigger safeties on M&P's are pointless. A wide margin of objects besides a finger could inside the trigger guard and deactivate safety with the right downward motion and cause accidental discharge. - Not a big fan of the magazine safety either (will not fire when mag is ejected)

Score: 7.5 Good75








Smith and Wesson Model 638 Airweight 1.875"


 S&W 638 1

Whatever model it may be, the Smith and Wesson J-Frame has been a go to carry option for decades. I’m going to break this one down short and sweet. This is a slick, incredibly well made, and sharp 638-3looking revolver. I could choose to write more but it need not be said. This wheel gun is S&W quality, J-Frame concealability,  and .38 Special +p sensibility all wrapped up into a package that one can either enjoy at the range or carry with confidence.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: S&W quality, Concealed Carry, 638-4

Target Market: Concealed Carry, Collectors


Key Features

  • Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Stainless Steel Cyinder
  • Syntheitc Grip
  • Shrouded Hammer

Key Benefits

  • Concealability of an internal/bobbed hammer while still maintaining the ability of single action operation.
  • Lightweight

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

While I was unable to find it on the Smith and Wesson Website a Guns & Ammo review also lists a 2 ½” barrel option. A crimson trace model is also available. But check out the Smith and Wesson website as there is great variety within the S&W J-Frame line.

What others are saying?

Steve Gash from Guns & Ammo

Youtube Review- TheFireArmGuy

Price point:

Gunbroker = Over MSRP Gunbroker Search

I need it now! Availability

During my recent handgun search only one store was flush with a variety of J-Frame models.  I did not see this gun anywhere else and I looked at 4 different stores.

Our Rating

+Superior S&W quality +Lightweight +Concealability +Cool factor of a “snub-nose” +Versatility of the shrouded hammer design

I find it difficult to spot negatives in design or construction. Engineering a firearm is a give and take. With this type of firearm you sacrifice comfort of shooting and magazine size for a highly concealable and reliable firearm that borders on pocket gun stature. I can't note these things as negatives as they are simply the nature of the beast.

Score 8.5





Featured FFL A frequent stop for my firearms, ammo, and accessory needs I picked this baby up at The Bullet Hole in Belleville, NJ. The Bullet Hole

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S&W Performance Center 627 VCOMP

627 Vcomp

If you are a Smith & Wesson revolver fan and you want more than a production gun, the Performance Center is your next stop. The Performance Center takes production line guns and hand fits the parts. On some models they also add special features.  Each gun is assembled by craftsmen who make sure fit, finish, quality and performance are all top tier.

The 627 in standard form is an 8 shot .357/.38 N (large) frame revolver which presently can be had in a 4" pro or 5" pc series. Both have tapered slab sided barrels, adjustable iron sights and stainless construction. The VCOMP model is made for competition. It features the same stainless construction but with a melonite coating on the frame and barrel for a beautiful 2 tone look. The sights are adjustable with the front being an orange dovetail style. The most unique feature is the removable compensator on the barrel. If you wanted to shoot open class in competition, all you would need is a mount, a red dot and you are set. If you plan to shoot limited, just replace the comp with the included muzzle cap and use your iron sights. Most revolver competitors use this model, including our own hostess at Gun Girl Radio, the beautiful and talented Julie Golob.
             My journey with the VCOMP started with me wanting one for quite some time. I decided to shoot Bianchi Cup and wanted to go whole hog and shoot open class with the best of the best. So I sold my beloved 627 pro and saved up some more money and ordered my VCOMP.  I ordered it December 2012 and finally got it in February of 2013, just months before Bianchi.  Fit and finish were fantastic, BUT the action was not up to par. Pull weight was around 14lbs and no where near as smooth as my other PC guns. Very disappointed to say the least.  I pulled the side plate off and also discovered they were not using pinned stirrups any longer in the PC guns. Some polishing had been done on the rebound block but not nearly enough. I had hoped to shoot it with out my smooth and tune.  Set my hopes too high.  I did my normal work, set trigger pull weight to 8lbs (to run factory ammo),smoothed it up and added an Aimpoint red dot sight.  I ended up with an Aimpoint pro instead of the t1 due to availability.
              In all fairness, S&W would have gladly taken it back and made it what it should have been.  However I was afraid of not getting it back in time.  The gun was fully functional and looked beautiful, but just didn't have that awesome smooth pull of a Performance Center gun.  Well it does now and it's about to get more upgrades with reviews as I redo it for ICORE limited and USPSA competition this coming year
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Full on competition revolver
Target Market: Competition shooters
FNBs (features & benefits of this product):
  • Performance tuned action
  • Removable compensator
  • Can use with or without moonclips
  • Chamfered cylinder
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  Melonite coated frame and barrel with stainless cylinder, compensator and cylinder release
What others are saying?:  "S&W model 627 is one of the companies most popular"  Gun Shop Finder
Price point :
I need it now! Availability:  Shooters Supply, Gun Broker and or your local FFL/gun store.
Our Rating:
+ Excellent fit and finish
+ Very versatile
+ 8 shot .357!
+ Very quick
+ Rugged and reliable
- My trigger was very heavy
- Action wasn't up to par with other PC guns
Score:  7.575

Smith & Wesson 22 A-1


By Samuel Azner

For a more indepth review of this firearm, check out the Gun & Gear Review Podcast that I participated in.  Gun & Gear Review Podcast

S&W 22-A

Claim to Fame:  Accuracy, Plinking and Training.

Target Market:  Tough to say as this is a great teaching firearm that can also be enjoyed and pushed to its limits by experienced shooters. In my opinion it could appeal to most any demographic except perhaps the "tacticool" junkies.

FNB's: (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Crisp target Sights (front fiber optic)
  • Integrated top rail for mounting optics
  •  Magazine Disconnect (To some)
  • Thumb Safety
  • Thumb Slide release
  • Slide serrations
  • Heavy Barrel
  •  2 Easy loading stainless steel magazines with flush fitting bumpers
  •  Very low recoil due to combination of caliber and a heavy barrel.
  •  Out of the box shootability due to target sights and ease of mounting optics
  • Potential safety benefits of the magazine disconnect

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Ranging from camouflage, to all black, to wood and back again.  There are several models to choose from to suit your fancy.     Smith & Wesson

What others are saying?:

Price point:  Depending on location and your local dealers willingness to bargain, you should expect to pay just below MSRP.  Which on an affordable pistol like this, isn’t bad.

MSRP = $329.00 Retail = $275.00

I need it now! Availability:  Not a rare find, but hunting down a specific style may take patience.

Our Rating:

+ Price + Weight and feel + Magazines + NJ and similar state compliant out of the box

-  The “thumb” safety may require opposite hand to manipulate -  Gun came in a cardboard box

Score: 9.090

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Smith & Wesson S.O.R.T Knife


S&W SORT Knife

By Devin Blystone

Unfortunately this is a discontinued knife so there’s not a lot of availability. On the other hand, it’s a nice enough knife that I still carry it every day. With a quick application of a red and green sharpie to the safety so that its easy to tell if it’s engaged and it makes the knife and easy 8 or 9. If you need a pocket knife and don’t mind getting a discontinued model for cheaper, I’d recommend this knife.  

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Fast opening, comfortable and practical.

Target Market: Anyone who carries a pocket knife.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Safety, to keep it from opening in your pocket.
  • Liner lock.
  • Thumb stud and index finger for opening.
  • Assisted opening.
  • Removable pocket clip.
  • Available with or without serrations.

Does it come in black? It comes in black and champagne(silver)

What others are saying? People seem to like it,  except that Amazon kept messing up their orders. Amazon reviews.

Price point (MSRP versus actual retail)

I need it now! Availability: You can buy it at Blade HQ and there were some on ebay at the writing of this review. Local shops may also have old stock for sale.

Our Rating + Quick opening. + Easy to manipulate. + Nice grips. + Powerful pocket clip.

- Safety can fail if you try to open it hard. - Safe/unsafe is not marked, have to remember.



Score 7.5 Good


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Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol

S&W M&P.22


By Ryan Michad

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  A .22 plinker modeled after the extremely popular M&P series of pistols.

Target Market: Trainers, Plinkers, Small Game Hunters

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)

Key Features:

  • 12+1 Round Capacity.
  • Chambers .22 Long Rifle.
  • Pivoting Trigger Safety & Manual Thumb Safety.
  • Three Dot Sights (White).
  • Length: 7.6 inches.
  • Weight: 24 ounces.
  • Ambidextrous Slide Stop & Reversible Magazine Release.
  • Threaded Barrel for Suppressors.

Does it come in black?  The S&W M&P .22 comes with a corrosion resistant finish on the slide and other metal parts, and has a polymer lower frame.

What others are saying?  “I think the new M&P22 makes a lot of sense for anyone who shoots a centerfire M&P pistol for duty or for personal protection. ” -Joel Hutchcroft, Shooting Times

Shooting Times Review

Price point (MSRP versus actual retail)

I need it now! Availability:  These can be elusive sometimes, but there are some available at most gun shops and on

Our Rating

+ The pistol runs reliably. I have shot several hundred rounds suppressed and unsuppressed and have had total reliability. + The ergonomics of the M&P series pistols are amazing and allow for great control of the firearm. + It is very corrosion resistant, like most modern polymer handguns. + The barrel is threaded which makes attaching a suppressor easy if you desire to do so. + The sights are high enough to clear most .22 suppressors.

- I don’t really like the ambidextrous thumb safety. - It comes with only 1 magazine.

Score: 9.0 Amazing!!!90


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Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm

S&W M&P Shield 9mm


By Ryan Michad

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: A highly concealable and comfortable 9mm pistol with the great ergonomics of the Smith & Wesson M&P Series pistols.

 Target Market: Concealed Carry Permit holders; Home Defense

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product) Key Features:

  • 7 & 8 Round Single Stack Magazines.
  • Chambers 9mm Parabellum.
  • Pivoting Trigger Safety & Manual Thumb Safety.
  • Three Dot Sights (White).
  • Frame width of only 0.95 inches!
  • Weight: 19 ounces.
  • 6.5 lb trigger pull.

Does it come in black?  The S&W M&P Shield comes with a corrosion resistant finish on the slide and other metal parts, and has a polymer lower frame.

What others are saying?  “It is thin and lightweight, but shooting the Shield feels like shooting a larger weapon, in that the design of the grip handles recoil very well, with either magazine in place.” -Jeff Quinn, Review

Price point (MSRP versus actual retail)

I need it now! Availability:  These can be fairly tough to find right now, but there are some available at most gun shops and on

Our Rating:

+ The Shield is EXTREMELY thin, which makes it very comfortable to carry. + Even though it is thin, it handles recoil very well. The M&P Series of pistols have some of the most comfortable grips I’ve ever felt. + It is very corrosion resistant, like most modern polymer handguns. + It comes with one magazine with an extension, and one without.

- The sights are great, but night sights would be a plus for low light conditions.

Score: 9.0 Amazing!!!90

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Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22


By Steve Remy

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: A great way to shoot and spend time behind an AR platform rifle on a budget with .22LR ammo.

Target Market: Anyone who wants to learn the AR platform in a less intimidating form, shoot for less money, shoot a lighter weight rifle, or have some good clean fun.Untitled

FNBs: Key Features:

  • Polymer upper and lower for reduced weight.
  • Identical operating features of an AR15.
  • Polymer magazine.
  • Polymer quadrail handguard.

Key Benefits:

  • Identical look, feel, and operation of an AR, without the weight.

Does it come in black? Yes, and a few other colors as well.

What others are saying? review review

Price point:

  • MSRP = $499 - $769 depending on configuration
  • Retail = $448 at

I need it now! Availability: Available at most any online retailer or local store.

Our Rating: +  Made in the U.S.A. +  Identical operating features of the AR +  Quadrail available from the factory +  Multiple color options to suit different personal tastes

-  Nearly 100% polymer, including the charging handle -  OD Green color is a little too green and not enough OD

Score: 8.5 (Great)85


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This is a great .22LR rifle that fulfills its intended purpose.  It’s a great way to learn or practice on the AR platform without the expense of .223/5.56 ammo.  My only problem with the rifle is that it is all polymer and the feel of it just doesn’t sit right with me compared to an actual AR.  I realize it is a .22LR variation intended for a much different purpose than a non-polymer AR, but having become accustomed to actual ARs over the last 15 or so years, the feel and weight distribution will take me a little time to get used to.  I feel almost as if I am going to break the rifle if I get too rough with it…I won’t be hammering any nails, digging out stuck vehicles, or dragging this down any hallways during training because I just don’t know what I’ll end up doing to it.  I even feel as if I have to go easy on the charging handle because that too is polymer.  Oh well though, if anything breaks I’ll just send it back to S&W and hope their customer service takes care of the rest.

With all that being said, this will stay in the safe with the rest of my firearms for many, many years.  Its fun and inexpensive to shoot, nearly anyone from children to experts can shoot it accurately, and it has worked flawlessly so far for me.  Rest assured when they are old enough, this will be the first AR platform rifle my kiddos get to shoot with.  I’ve shot it with CCI mini-mags and other assorted .22LR ammo I could scrounge up and the rifle never had a single hiccup.  There is something very positive to be said about a .22LR rifle that can eat almost anything since most .22LRs are very picky about what they will and won’t shoot.

Overall I would buy this rifle again, which I may have to do once the kiddos start arguing over who gets to use what at the range.  I would also recommend it to any friends that were in the market for one.

Smith & Wesson Model 60 "Chiefs Special"


By Ryan Michad

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The Quintessential Snubby Revolver; Concealed Carry; Accuracy.

Target Market: Concealed Carriers, People who enjoy classic revolvers, snub-nose revolver enthusiasts.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product) Key Features Stainless Steel Construction Chambers .38 Spl +P Ammunition (Some chamber .357 Mag.) Traditional S&W Safety Mechanisms Ramped Integral Front Sight and Notch Rear Sight (Non-Adjustable) Five Shot Capacity

Does it come in black?  The S&W Model 60 is available only in stainless steel.  There are, however, other revolvers in the S&W Lineup similar to the S&W Model 60 which offer other materials & finishes.

What others are saying? “While the new Model 60 did not live up to my expectations in terms of accuracy, the subsequent sample S&W sent me was superb.” -Jeff Quinn, Review

Price point MSRP = $729.00 Retail = $350 to $550

I need it now! Availability:  These are readily available at any gunshop that stocks Smith & Wesson Firearms or you can also find many examples on

Our Rating +  The revolver is very small, and very concealable. +  It chambers .38 Special +P which is a fairly decent self-defense round. Some models also chamber .357 Magnum. +  It has stainless steel construction which offers some measure of corrosion resistance. +  For a small snub-nose revolver, it has surprising accuracy.

-  The gun recoils quite heavily when loaded with .357 Magnum rounds. -  The sights, while satisfactory for close up work, are lacking. They tend to wash out in bright sunlight, being made out of stainless steel. -  The gun only holds five shots, so you have to be comfortable with reloading and with the guns limitations.

Score: 8.0 Great!!!!80


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