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News | Monday, June 18, 2018

Industry Day at the Rangeô Announces Limited Sponsorship and Exhibitor Spaces Available for 2019 Trade

Limited sponsorship and exhibitor spaces are still available for the 2019 Industry Day at the Range trade event. The fourteenth annual event takes place at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City, Nevada on Monday, January 21, 2019 —one day prior to SHOT Show®.

SIG SAUER Chosen Handgun and Rifle Caliber Pistol of the Year at 2018 Industry Choice Awards

SIG SAUER, Inc. recently received top honors in two categories at the 2018 Industry Choice Awards (ICA) hosted by the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky.  The Industry Choice Awards are awarded to manufacturers based upon a comprehensive independent evaluation by industry experts for fit, form, finish, and functionality.  

Remington Announces Model 1911 R1 Limited Series

The Model 1911 R1 Limited is built for performance, match after match and features a PVD coating, 5-inch match-grade stainless steel barrel, slide and frame, ambidextrous extended thumb release, adjustable match grade skeletonized trigger, fiber optic front sight and fully adjustable LPA target rear sight. 

Womenís Three-Position Rifle and Menís Air Rifle Medals Awarded at USA Shooting National Championships

All eyes were on the Women’s Three-Position Rifle Final at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia as three athletes were tied at the top with the same cumulative score over two days of Qualification, and another athlete was just one point away.

REX ALPHA Joins List of USPSA Compliant Guns

The REX ALPHA pistol Slovenia has been added to the USPSA's Production Class gun list. Also joining the USPSA list is the REX Zero 1, a 9mm handgun available in Standard, Compact, or Tactical model. 

Milev Wins Rapid Fire Pistol at USA Shooting National Championships

 Even though six-time Olympian Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Florida) was unable to shoot the Final, his 15-point lead following the two days of Qualification was enough to secure him the gold before the Rapid Fire Pistol Final at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia

UTG ACCU-SYNC Spring-Loaded AR15 Flip-Up Sights

If you are in the market for a set of quality spring loaded flip-up sights for your rifle check out UTG's latest ACCU-SYNC  spring-loaded flip-ups. These sights are ideal for AR15s and other rifles with a cheek weld that is in line with the bore.

McMillan Adds Kestros Stock to Industry Leading F1 Lineup

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks has expanded its F-Class stock lineup with the introduction of the new Kestros model. 

Streamlight Renews C.O.P.S. Support for 19th Year in a Row

Streamlight, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors for the 19th year in a row. The company’s support helps to underwrite ongoing programs and activities for survivors of fallen officers. 

onX and MeatEater Partner to Advance Hunting Causes

onXmaps, Inc. and MeatEater, the outdoor media brand that includes Steven Rinella’s popular MeatEater podcast and television series, announced a partnership to help foster growth in the hunting industry. 

Team Beretta Shooters Excel at Regional Competitions

Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 6 podium finishes between 2 different regional competitions. 

Davidsonís Exclusive Bond Arms Old Glory

 Davidson’s announces the addition of a Bond Arms pistol to its offerings. The Bond Arms Old Glory derringer is exclusively available from Davidson’s.

Lone Wolf Supports Priest River Lamanna HS Spartans

Lone Wolf Distributors announces their continued support for healthy, positive activities for children by continuing our sponsorship of the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans. 


First Look: M&P M2.0 Compact . . . Compact


Smith & Wesson fully entered the polymer pistol arena with the M&P series – I’m not counting the Sigma as it never attained the market impact that the M&Ps have. That said, the most popular polymer defense pistol format was typified by the Compact – the GLOCK 19. Fifteen rounds of 9mm in a 4” barrel format was the magic. Then S&W came in with the updated-upgraded M&P with the M2.0 version.

Responding to some perceived issues with the original series, the M2.0 took off. Principal changes included a long stainless steel chassis, improved trigger and more aggressive texturing.

Then they dropped the bomb – the M&P9 M2.0 Compact. A four-inch fifteen shot 9mm – where have we seen that before? – the M2.0 Compact was the answer to the desires of the anti-GLOCK types who nevertheless saw the value of the striker-fired polymer service auto. Well, that was then. Now there’s a Compact . . . Compact. I’ll call it the “Truncated Compact,” the M&P9 M2.0 3.6” Compact. The “inches” designation refers to a shorter-than-four-inch barrel. Meanwhile, the gun previously known as the M&P9 M2.0 Compact became the M&P9 M2.0 4" Compact  -- after the advent of the Truncated Compact.

Anyone want to scream? No?

I am surprised after the howls of protest over the GLOCK 19X – a “compact” slide and barrel atop a full-size (GLOCK 17) service frame.

Above -- the Truncated Compact is just a little shorter than the original Compact, but has the same size frame. Similarly, the Robar custom GLOCK 26  (below) is just a little shorter in both dimensions -- with its +2 extension, it's marginally smaller than the 15-shot S&W.


“Don’t they understand,” the complainants said. “The hard part to hide is the frame – not the barrel and slide.” Aside from the fact that GLOCK didn’t make it as a concealment pistol and was targeting a government contract, the G19X turned out to be greater than the sum of its parts, but that’s another tale.

So what’s the good in shortening the barrel and slide of the M&P Compact, leaving the frame at its original (nearly) dimensions?

Go back and take a look at early snub revolvers. Always considered a “bad idea” by the “smart set,” the two-inch N- and K-frame snubs found their way into the souls of many, me included. The short barrel has a few upsides – speed and for people with certain vision issues, some precision – plus, for the rest of us, it was discovered that the 2” Combat Masterpiece was every bit the equal to the 4” version – and to the six-inch K-38 . . . in the right hands.

You could win a lot of bets at the police range of the 1960s and 1970s with a snub K-frame (or Python, for that matter).

Aside from being just a smidge faster from the holster – and moving from target to target, the short gun was harder to rip from someone’s hands. Consider gun retention: the grip frame (the revolver’s stocks also) have more contact with your hand than the attacker can gain by grabbing the barrel/slide.

When I first saw that S&W had done this, I was a bit surprised. That’s gunhandler thinking, not engineer thinking.

The Truncated Compact has the interchangeable palmswell inserts like the rest of the line – four of them – to fit individuals. A pair of magazines are included, fifteen round types for free states. A pair of “boots” to fit over “standard” M&P magazines of 17 rounds capacity are also in the box. This prevents an unsightly showing of the magazine body of the full-size M&P protruding from the Compact’s base.

So how does this gun compare with a “micro” or “baby” service-type pistol. I looked around at the manufacturer’s websites and made a chart.

Chart: Comparison of sample versus similar guns (data from companies)


M&P9 M2.0 3.6" Compact

M&P9 M2.0 4" Compact

Glock 26




10 + 1

Barrel Length:




Overall Length:





26 oz.

27 oz.

22 oz.


In the main, the Glock 26 is quite a bit smaller than the Compacts in terms of capacity and weight. The barrel length and overall length are only slightly less than the Truncated Compact. The micro-Glock’s height, at 4.17 in., is quite a bit less than either of the S&Ws – until you add a Glock OEM +2 magazine extension, bringing its capacity up to 12 + 1.

In other words, the difference in overall dimension is very slight compared to the difference in capability. This doesn’t mean the G26 is invalidated; I’ve carried it in an Alessi Ankle Holster to back up a Glock 19 in a belt holster and I’ve pocket carried it in chinos using a pocket holster from Pocket Concealment Systems.

The M&P9 "Compact Compact" shown in the Galco Tac Slide Belt Holster. The muzzle is nearly completely covered, protecting it from being jarred loose by the arm of a chair when sitting.


That’s not likely to happen with the Truncated Compact, nor does it have to. I think the TC may well stand on its own. Time will tell.

Want to compare it to a GLOCK pistol? Consider a GLOCK 26X – a G26 barrel and slide over a G19 frame. It’s on that order.

I won’t be comparing the Compact and Truncated Compact on gun retention values. I don’t have analog non-functional models and we’ve proved with concept with revolvers years ago. I have a holster – the Galco Tac-Slide belt holster – that will accommodate both guns.

It’s a kydex shell over a leather back that incorporates belt slots.

Using that, I can compare the guns on three parameters. First, I’ll shoot both with a variety of rounds to get a baseline comparison of accuracy and some idea of reliability. Then, I’ll do draws to single hits with each, keeping track of the time from the buzzer to the shot – consistent with keeping the hits inside a reasonable target.

I’ll finish with a recovery drill to determine, as best I can, any difference in shot-to-shot recovery time between the pair.

It’ll be an interesting exercise and, as always, we’ll keep you posted.

- - Rich Grassi

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