Thanks for all the comments on the semi retirement of my old friend. It is special to me in many ways. I cannot comment on some of them. So when deciding on my Tupperware gun I had three primary constraints:
1. Cannot be a Glock
2. Cannot be a Glock
3. Cannot be a Glock
Before I offend anyone I must point out that I am a Factory certified Glock Armorer and a member of the GSSF. I have nothing against Glock's, and conversely have nothing for them either. I have shot my share of them and taken many apart. If that is your thing, fine by me. I observed one at the last class I took that ate a double charge reload. The shooter was not hurt. I was impressed.
So with the disclaimer out of the way here is this Pistol (click to enbiggen):
Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm with VTAC sights. 4.25 inch barrel. Other than that pretty much a plain Jane M&P. Yes, it is butt ugly. "Flat Earth" color? Whatever. The sights are fiber optic on top with night sights below.
Bad shot of the rear sight but I hope you get the idea:
So why this one? To quote SGT Hartman: "You want to be different"? In a word yes. I had two M&P's for class but I never had to go to the backup. It performed flawlessly. I am used to the 4.25 barrel length for concealed carry with my Colt. I ran 10 rounds through it straight out of the box. My reloads and they stovepiped. I hope it is because it was dry. I will find out more tomorrow.