I took my new Aegis Elite Pro out today and put about 150 rounds down range. We were shooting steel. First 100 rounds were factory Winchester. I shot about 10 yards out.
With the Winchester ammo, I experienced several failures to completely make it back into battery. The loads were also hotter than I was used to (I have been shooting .45 reloads). But the accuracy was pretty good (any failure to hit was probably shooter failure).
Second round of ammo were reloads, approx 50 rounds. It was a reload my husband did for his Glock 21 and whoa daddy did I get a ton of failures to return to battery. I had a couple where I couldn't get it back into battery at all, the slide was jammed and I had to have my husband pull the slide back for me. He thinks the rounds were slightly too long for my gun, but also, these were not your normal hardball type ammo that I understand the 1911 likes so much, these had little divots in the middle of the bullets and were more cone-shaped (I do not know the technical term, sorry!). It got to be a joke: shoot, check for battery, whack the back of the slide, shoot
It wasn't all bad, though. Some rounds just did their thing like they were supposed to. But at that point I was just anticipating another failure.
One of the things husband and I both noticed was that the Kimber has a tendency to hitch badly about the last 1/8th of the slide travel, where the slide and barrel lock together (if that makes sense?), when we racked it, especially at first when we had just gotten it. I spent a lot of time yesterday racking the slide and today, after shooting, this hitch wasn't as bad, but is still there a bit. I think it's just from the tight tolerances that these pistols are built to and we need to just keep wearing her in.
Another thing is my grip. I know that according to a lot of people, you're supposed to keep your thumb on the safety while shooting, and today I did, but I am going to try it differently next time. If I have my thumb on the safety, the webbing of my hand gets totally pinched in the beaver tail and after awhile I had a blister. My hands are not super small, but they are smaller than most men's so I am having some trouble. If I keep my thumb on the safety, I also don't have much finger tip on the trigger. If I drop off the safety, I feel my grip is much better and less painful, and more solid. I understand that by shooting that way I run the risk of bumping the safety on, but I'd also like shooting to be comfortable. Some pics of what I mean:
This is how much finger is on the trigger when I have my thumb on the safety. I really have very little pad on the trigger here.
This how much more finger I can get on the trigger when I do not have my thumb on the safety. I am NOT to the joint here, just basically middle of first pad of finger.
This is the part of my hand that gets pinched when I have my thumb on the safety.
Anyway, so that was my day. Oh, and already scratched the thing with my rings
Going to work on grip next week and put more rounds downrange.