Thank you Van sensei. I'll start at the top of the list and work my way down.
Now, a separate concern where I need guidance, and you may want to take this off line - The S&W Ti does appear to have a defect.
Mine shoots about 6 to 8" low at 10 yards. I've had others try the gun with the same result. When I contacted S&W they told me that they sighted the gun in with 158gr +p, and that the ammo I was using, 129 gr Federal +p hydrashock was too light. OK, I believe them. However, almost all of the practice and personal defense ammo is in the 110 to 130 gr range. Virtually all of the 158 gr is non jacketed which S&W says is a no-no in the Ti.
I found a box of CCI round nose jacketed 158gr +p and have ordered a box of Triton jacketed hollow point at 158gr to try out. These rounds are not widely available. So, what to do - search for ammo or return the Ti to S&W demanding they resight it for readily available ammo (110 to 130 gr jhp)?
I checked out a website called guntalk.shooters .com and they have a forum similar to ours, with a self defense chat room. Sure enough, others have posted the same problem. Likewise, in the May issue of Guns Magazine, a Charles Petty did a test/review and noted a 4" drop. Interestingly enough, he did not feel that to be a problem. Perhaps S&W is a major source of revenue. In any event, S&W does know of the problem.
Another thing I could do - I asked S&W if they could send me another front sight and a new roll pin and let me make a mod. This was ok with them. However, I'd have to grind the sight myself or have a local gunsmith do it. A good learning experience but maybe I should just let S&W correct what I see as a product defect.
Please comment here, or to UechiRich@aol.com
. directly. Your guidance is appreciated.