Last weekend I spent some time in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference. I had a great time at the conference and even had the chance to put my Shield and MagFIX base pads to the test.
Known as Tac-Con, the event brings “tactical” instructors and students from around the country for outstanding instruction in a multitude of disciplines, in classroom topics, hands-on seminars and live-fire courses ranging in length from two to four hours.
In addition to formal classes there are plenty of opportunities for fellowship and even a handgun match dubbed, “The Polite Society Match.”
This year, as usual I opted out of the majority of the live fire courses as they are typically in high demand. I did, however, step on the line for Chief Deputy Lee Weem’s Social Lever Gun course as I am a relative newbie to the platform.
Lee presented a great course in an organized fashion. I quickly understood the concept of keeping the lever gun up and running as our capable instructor explained the similarities to running a pump shotgun.
If you ever foresee yourself depending on a lever gun for safety (and there is a good set of arguments why you might) you owe it to yourself to look up Lee and a course with First Person Safety.
Despite missing out on lots of time shooting on the line, I did participate in the Polite Society Match with my S&W Shield M&P M2.0 in 9mm with 6 magazines outfitted with my new MagFIX base-pads. The Shield M2.0, the mags and the MagFIXs were all unfired and NIB. They performed well together reliable as a Swiss watch.
I was thrilled with how both the Shield and the MagFIX performed. I do wish I would have stepped up just a touch more, but overall I was happy with my result of 198 out of a total possible 200. I dropped one point just a touch left on the second round of a strong hand only string at 3 yards. I dropped the second point at 15 yards after I dropped to the kneeling position.
In my opinion both dropped points were the result of a lack of attention to fundamentals. In matches, I intentionally shoot as fast as I believe I can get the hits as speed is an important component of self-defense. At times, my mind can lag behind physical actions and a lack of attention on the act at hand can often result in a miss. On this occasion, it did just that. Twice.
What was right on target was the performance of the MagFIX base pads. They worked exactly how I designed them to.
I began with the 7 rounder in the gun as that is how I carry the pistol when I depend on it for self-defense. The 7 round Flush MagFIX helped me establish a bit more grip on the short grip of the Shield and resulted in fast strings both strong hand only and weak hand. In addition, the mag dropped free easily.
The eight round MagFIX for the extended mags also worked flawlessly. There was only one string of fire that required a reload and I was pleased when the empty mag shot out of the gun when the mag release was depressed.
I had the chance to reload the gun in between each string of fire and I took the opportunity to treat each of those reloads as an emergency reload.
Again, mags dropped free and all sleeves were securely locked in place just like they are supposed to be.
I have already put the MagFIX through the ringer in testing both in prototype stages and in testing of the production models, but this was the first chance to run the Shield MagFIX under match pressure and I was thrilled.
If you run a Shield you might appreciate the improvements the MagFIX makes in the performance of the magazines. The MagFIX makes an already good concealed carry handgun even better.
You can find more out about the Magfix by following this link and I hope to see you at next years Rangemaster Tactical Conference!