12-24-2018, 05:07 PM
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: SE Minnesota
New Stainless Target II 9mm, first impressions.
Years ago I had a Springer 9mm loaded 1911, super accurate, but unreliable right out of the box and it stayed that way. That kept me away from 9mm 1911s for a decade or more.
Now I'm older and getting more recoil sensitive, and I don't feel like cranking on the reloading press for my 357 and 45 auto each time I want to go to the range, so I figure a 9mm 1911 is the way to go. I can buy factory ammo at at reasonable prices.
My LGS guys and the other customers there steered me twords Kimber, so I pulled the trigger on a new Target II 9mm.
First impression was the smooth feel. Very nicely de-horned and well rounded at the grip safety and thumb safety, two things that can rub me the wrong way on a 1911.
The seconds was looks. It's a plain jane gun to be honest. I think it's going to need some black trim. I need an arched MSH, I'm thinking old school GI w/lanyard loop. Eventually it will get a blued slide stop and short blue GI style trigger.
Third, trigger. Very, very nice at the LGS. Even better at the range.
Shoot the darn thing already! Loaded up some old Speer Lawman 124 FMJ. Shot 5 rounds at 25 yards standing, 4 on the edge of the paper, one off, but looked promising. Took quite a few clicks to get the groups to the middle of the paper, very fine windage adjustments. But I thought the 5" groups were good considering the weather (17º). OK, that's a start.
Then I shot some old handloads from 2011. Win brass, 4.5 grains HP-38, Hornady 124 XTP @ 1.095 (loaded long for an old Glock). Bingo! 5 shots into 3". Now I'm really exited. Been a long time since I've shot that well in cold weather, or any weather lately.
The best part? 100% reliability so far. The last round of the mag tends to dribble out with the handloads, or come back at me with the Lawman ammo, but hey, no embarrassing jams. Pretty happy about that.
The grips are a bit thick, they are getting replaced with rubber wrap around for the winter. The front sight seems wide, but it's bright and doesn't interfere with precision shooting.
Recoil is a bit stiffer that with other 9mm 1911s I've shot. Feels just like my buddy's Springer GI 45 with light 185 loads. The muzzle feels light, I think the slide must have been lightened. That's OK, I'll take the reliability, and it should leave room for lighter loads or stiffer springs.
Can't wait to start handloading for this gun, can't wait for warmer weather.
I'll give this new gun 4 stars.