Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The New Smith

Smith and Wesson has been teasing us, telling us that they're going to make a big announcement on April 12th. The Truth About Guns tells us that it's going to be a small single-stack 9mm, called the M&P Shield.

If so, Smith & Wesson joins Ruger, Beretta, Kel-Tec, and Walther with such a handgun.

Can Glock be far behind?


Old NFO said...

Good question, and I'd say eventually...

Rivrdog said...

I have a small Nine, the Kel-Tec P11. Double-stack, it carries 12 rounds. Small enuff for me, but these days I am carrying a Charter Arms 5-shot revolver, because Maddad Ayoob and all the smart guys tell me that if I don't get the defense job done with those five, I'm dead anyway.

That revolver weights little more than the Skinny Nines, and it shoots 44 Special, which is as good or slightly better than 45 ACP.

Not content to sit on my laurels, though, I just ordered the .40 S&W version of the Charter snubby, a new design that does not require moon clips for the rimless ammo. The Snubby Forty "Pitbull" will be fine defensive gun, too, and cheaper to feed than the 44 Bulldog. The 40 makes good sense: I give up maybe 5% in hitting power, by get back a huge advantage in ammo commonality.

Don't overlook the snubby revolvers. They are light, reliable, get the job done, and anyone can fire one.