Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Radetec's LED on the M&P - Part 2

I have had the Radetec SpeedShot’s for a couple of weeks now.  One is a LED display for my Smith & Wesson M&P 40 full size and one is a digital numeric display for my Beretta 92fs.  I decided to play with the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 with a LED Display first.

First thing I noticed is that when gripping the Smith & Wesson M&P, the display section of the Radetec SpeedShot touched my hand but did not affect my firing grip. The LED display on this model is smaller than on the grips for the Digital Numeric Display on the Beretta 92fs.  There was no issue holstering with this model.

While at the range, I ran a series of full and partial magazines through the gun. The firing functioned well with no mishaps.

The Radetec SpeedShot was visible in full sunlight.  I ran 200-300 rounds through the system for pistol exercises and a range qualification. It was easy to see the warning function as the rounds were expended from the magazine and I was able to easily drop and change magazines without needing to run dry or use the slide stop/magazine release.  It is truly an edge knowing your round count for any situation.

Others at the range tried the Radetec SpeedShot and the opinions were mixed by a wide margin. People who were not as enthusiastic about firearm technology felt the displays were distracting or did not grasp the tactical importance of the Radetec SpeedShot for any reason. While others who tested the LED Display found it a totally worthwhile upgrade for both training and day-to-day use.

The testing went great.  Now I just have to test out the Beretta 92fs with the Digital Numeric Display.  In the mean time, will keep testing this model out with a variety of multiple users who are both professionals and non-professionals to see how they like it.  Thank You Radetec.  It is so great to see what I had envisioned years ago finally come to life.

In the mean time, let the testing continue.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

the Radetec SpeedShot - Part 1

My Evaluation of the Radetec SpeedShot performance and Training System.

While at the Shot Show in Las Vegas Nevada, I had the good fortune of meeting up with the folks over at Radetec.  A few weeks later, they called and asked if I would evaluate their SpeedShot as I had more than 20 years of experience working with this concept.  New toy, of course I would try it out.

When the SpeedShot by Radetec arrived, they had sent two.  One of the SpeedShot’s fit for my Beretta 92fs and one for my Smith & Wesson M&P 40 full size.  They were both easy to install.

The model of Speed Shot for the Beretta 92fs featured a digital numeric display.

The model for the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 featured an LED display changing color as the round count dropped.

Both sets of grips were comparable in size to the OEM parts and the quality of the polymer and rubber on them felt solid with good workmanship. Any visible electronics on the underside of the grips was covered with a black material for protection and insulation. The batteries in the units had soldered contacts to eliminate chance of failure if the gun was dropped or suffered an impact.

The installation on both was very straight forward and went smoothly.

Installing the followers in my existing S&W magazines was simple. I did notice the capacity in my Smith & Wesson M&P dropped by one round as result of the new follower being larger than the OEM but for me, that is an acceptable exchange for the feature of being able to have indication when your gun is about to run dry. The blue polymer followers seemed robust with high quality magnets to function with the system.

A magazine for my Beretta 92fs came with those grips but the follower in that magazine was swapped into an existing 15 round magazine for testing. The magnets do stick to the inside of the magazines but do not seem to affect the function of the magazine.

Now it’s time for the evaluation.  Will post more soon.