December 2006

Downrange 12/06

As we reported in "Short Shots" some months back, Smith & Wesson has expanded the Military & Police (M&P) Pistol Series to include compact frames. The first compact in the compact line is a 9mm, the M&P9c.

The M&P9c features a 3.5-inch barrel with an overall length of 6.7 inches. The compact model is available with either a 10+1 or 12+1 capacity. The M&P Compact Series utilizes a steel dovetail mount front sight and a steel Novak Lo-mount carry rear sight. Tritium sights are also available for low-light conditions. A universal Picatinny-style equipment rail has been incorporated for tactical lights and lasers. The polymer pistol has an empty weight of 21.7 ounces.

The compact pistols feature a Zytel polymer frame reinforced with a stainless steel chassis and a hardened black melonite stainless steel barrel and slide for durability. A loaded-chamber indicator is located on top of the slide, and the pistol comes with three interchangeable grip sizes. The firearm also features an ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and an enlarged trigger guard designed to accommodate gloves.

Todd Woodard

Jersey City Limits Handgun Sales. I admit having a sore spot for news regarding a place I lived in some years ago lovely Jersey City, New Jersey.

When I lived there in the 1980s, I had the unpleasant experience of having to undergo that state’s onerous gun-licensing procedure in order to compete in smallbore rifle matches. A flush of blood runs to my head even today when I remember standing in a police station, getting fingerprinted for the application that allowed me to keep a Walther target rifle in my home, and to transport it back and forth to target ranges.

The ridiculousness continues today. Making minor changes to a law it adopted in June, the Jersey City Council approved another ordinance last week banning the sale or purchase of more than one handgun within a 30-day period. The 30-day sale rule applies to both sellers and buyers and get this also applies to law enforcement employees.

Both the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and Frank Caso, who as the owner of Caso’s Gun-O-Rama is Hudson County’s sole licensed gun dealer, sued the city over the law. That case is still pending.

The new ordinance passed 7-2, with council members Mike Sottolano and Viola Richardson, who voiced skepticism about its effectiveness, voting against it.

Hooray for councilpersons Sottolano and Richardson they are voices of reason in a sea of gun-control nuttery that is lovely Jersey City, New Jersey. GT