Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm

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Many recent judicial rulings enabling a citizen’s lawful right to carry a concealed handgun coincide with the ever-present threat of violent criminal attack and a newer threat of terrorist activity in the homeland have greatly increased interest in sub-compact pistols.  So, I will add another pistol for consideration and review the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm and provide my observations of the handgun’s fit, function, and finances.  I’ll also incorporate some useful accessories, such as the CrossBreed MiniTuck inside-the-waistband holster and Tractiongrips pre-cut grip enhancing tape.

A Little History

Following the immense popularity of Glock’s entry into the U.S. law enforcement and civilian firearms marketplace, Smith & Wesson introduced the  polymer-framed Sigma in 1993.  However, S&W’s design was so close to a Glock that a copyright infringement suit ended the Sigma’s run in 1997.  Ten years later, S&W re-entered the polymer-framed striker-fired pistol … Read more »

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 Auto Review

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When I recently reviewed the EAA Windicator .38 special/.357 Magnum revolver, I discussed trade-offs in regard to Fit, Function, and Finances when selecting a firearm for a specific purpose at a certain price-point.  In this article, I will continue the “trade-off” discussion as I review the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 Auto.

Historical Context

Designed by firearms deity, John Moses Browning, and introduced by Colt in 1908, the .380 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) has been a popular low-recoil cartridge for semi-automatic pistols.  This cartridge gained world renown when it was used in conjunction with the Walther PPK pistols carried by German officers in World War II.

The low pressure and recoil produced by the .380 Auto cartridge allowed for a more simple and affordable pistol design which could include both locking breech and fixed barrel variations.  Taken together, the low recoil, lightweight … Read more »

Product Review: Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm Pistol

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In this article, I will provide a product review and range report on the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm pistol as both a general equipment review and as information on an Aegis Academy rental gun.  To set the proper context, let’s start with a little history.


In 1982, Glock took the firearms market by storm when it introduced a durable and highly reliable polymer framed pistol with its unique “safe action” trigger.  Shortly after the Austrian Police adopted the 9mm Glock 17 as its duty sidearm, military and police forces around the globe either adopted or strongly considered this venerable platform.  In the years that followed, many other pistol manufacturers rushed to regain this valuable corner of the firearms market.

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For decades, Smith and Wesson revolvers and semi-automatic pistols had been long-favored sidearms for U.S. law enforcement.  Adapting to law enforcement … Read more »

Tech Tip: Setting up a Carbine (AR-15)

Sometimes more is just more…

Setting up a carbine - Ar15 Setup - Aegis AcademyWe see a lot of people come through the carbine courses with a pretty vast array of parts and pieces for their guns. Some are well thought out, and others… well… not so well thought out. Setting up an AR-15 is not hard, and the cheap simple modifications at the end of the article (The parts on grip tape) really will help you run the gun better. Here is the process I went through with my new Patriot Ordinance Factory 415 rifle from the time I took it out of the box till it was ready to go to the range. Remember, you probably don’t use your gun exactly like I do, so don’t go out buy the stuff I am mentioning, unless it truly meets your needs. You need to figure out what meets your needs before you spend a ton of money, and … Read more »

Remington 887 Nitro Mag Tactical Gun Review

Remington 887 Gun Review

remington 887 gun review - aegis academy -Remington has taken the venerable and reliable shotgun and pulled it into the 21st century. For the most part pump action shotguns have changed little since John Browning’s model 1893, and most innovation (after double action bars) was a plethora of accessories you could add on to your favorite gun to make it as tactical, or look like bush. There was no reason to re-invent the wheel, so Remington refined it instead. I first picked one up when I borrowed Howard Hall’s to attend a weeklong shotgun course. Lucky me, Howard had obtained his recently and despite his intimate knowledge how a fellow Marine can break things, offered me the chance to “break it in”. Challenge accepted sir. I did in fact bring it home in one piece.

Lets face it. The Nitro Mag looks cool, and looking cool is half the battle. Its space … Read more »