The Mad Ogre suggested what I’m going to call a game and said…
Pick a Gun Company. Any existing Gun Company, big or small. You are now the CEO, Chairman of the Board, and Majority Shareholder. It’s your company. You can do anything you want with it. What are the TOP FIVE things you would do with your Gun Company?
He picked Sig Sauer. Click here to see his post.
He can have it.
I have always thought they were too big for what they are and the stamped metal controls never appealed to me. (Yes this is coming from a Glock shooter.)
I want Smith & Wesson, but don’t be surprised if some of them are the same… seems like the industry has some specific issues.
#1 Build a Mid-sized M&P9
I can’t say this loudly or often enough.
When Smith & Wesson decided to build the M&P they decided that they only wanted it to come in 2 non-competition sizes rather than the 3 that Glock standardized on and to make a pinky-grip for the M&P9c. That was a mistake.
When I did the analysis for the Size Matters post. I actually calculated the formula for the perfect ratio of length and width, which incidentally goes from the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, through the Glock 19 to the Commander & Government Model 1911′s
The 9c is the deep concealment gun and it is longer and taller than the Glock 26 which is already too big for some. The Standard 9 has a shorter barrel which reduces sight radius, does nothing for conceal-ability and then has a grip that is too long.
I’d shrink the M&P9c to 10 rounds. Add .25″ to the Standard 9 and add a Glock 19 sized 15 round option.
#2 I’d rationalize the SKU’s
The company that only wanted 2 sizes of M&P’s (Skipping the really important one) actually offers 24 SKU’s, with the VTAC models, 10rd California models, Safety models, and Magazine Disconnect Models.
Not any more!
Semi-autos are full capacity, safety models are LEO only, no magazine disconnect.
They make 39 J-frames. 27 mid-sized revolvers. 29 N-frames. 12 X-frames and even 3 versions of the Taurus Judge. I think that might be a bit excessive.
#3 Make a Detective Special
I know it can be done… Colt came out with the d-frame 53 years ago.
Every pocketable CCW 38 revolver today has 5 rounds, the D-frame had 6. Even my 6 yo knows 6 is better than 5, show her a 5 year old and she’ll tell you.
It would literally be the talk of SHOT Show, which is odd since Wyatt Erp even carried a 6 shooter.
#4 Hold the government to the same laws as citizens
The 2A crowd has a REALLY long memory and isn’t fond of forgiveness. Smith & Wesson has burned some bridges in the past and I think a public statement that the law is the law and applies to every citizen equally would go a long way.
I’d like to think that would a move out of the north-east, but even my imagination isn’t that good.
#5 I’d actually make magazines
So this isn’t just a Smith & Wesson thing and many companies are having issues recovering with magazine availability. (except for AR’s which we have plenty of). When I looked just looked my supplier had a few M&P Shield Mags in 7 & 8 and Full-size 40 mags.
2 Magazines are fine for people that don’t actually train with their guns… 6 is closer to a minimum if you do and not being able to get them makes training a real pain.
So what company would you have chosen and what would you do?
PS… Kevin if your reading this you must choose CZ.