Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Radetec's Display on the the Beretta - Part 3

After playing with the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 full size with the LED Display, time to evaluate the Radetec SpeedShot on the Beretta 92fs with the Digital Numeric Display.

When gripping the Beretta 92fs, the Radetec SpeedShot Digital Numeric Display is a bit larger than the LED Display on the Smith & Wesson M&P 40.  It would be nice if display on the Digital Numeric version were higher as the display caused the grip to feel a bit low.  However, this was not enough to affect trigger feel or pull. There was no issue holstering this model as well.

I ran a series of full and partial magazines through the gun and it seemd to function well except for one double feed. However, the double feed seemed to be due to the ammunition and not the Radetec SpeedShot.

The Radetec SpeedShot were visible in full sunlight with no issues. 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. As mentioned in previous posts, it is truly an edge knowing your round count for any situation.

Just as in the last set of tests, others at the range also tried this unit and the opinion on the Radetec SpeedShot was just as widely mixed. People who were not as enthusiastic about firearm technology felt the displays were distracting or did not grasp the tactical importance of the speed shot. While others who tested Radetec SpeedShot found them a totally worthwhile upgrade for both training and day-to-day use.  This did not seem to matter which Radetec SpeedShot display they were using. However, several folks from both camps wanted to see Radetec SpeedShot for Glocks (in the Digital Numeric Display version) before making a purchase.

The Beretta speed shot with the numeric display felt more appealing to me as you could determine the number of rounds left in the weapon at any time merely by gripping the gun or by depressing the button on the front of the grip and displaying the count. The momentary display of each change in count with the weapon discharge worked timely and accurately showing the count then going dark so it would not betray your position if moving after shooting at night.  The light sensor adjusted the contrast of the display up-down depending on dim or bright light.

Hopefully a Radetec SpeedShot with the Digital Numeric Display can be tested for the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 can be obtained and tested.  Really hope to get a testing version for the Glock as well.

In the mean time, I am looking forward to continuing the testing with multiple users and different conditions for both models. Thanks again Radetec for providing the SpeedShot units to test!