So, Gator and I met at Sharpshooters in Roswell (N of Atlanta) on Wednesday for a little expending of ammo...
Nice range. Good ventilation, a bit dark seeming (but I like a LOT of light... cataracts, here I come
). HUGE store... And you can shoot their 50 cal ...what do they call it? Not a BFG
... but, well, you guys know... for $12 a round!!
Gator very kindly let me shoot first -- his .40 -- which caliber I had never seen and know nothing about. (I can't even tell you the brand!) Big and heavy (now that I'm used to the Micro) and it had a big kick -- but (and I HAVE to brag!!!) I did a great job putting all the rounds through the guy's head! (What do you call it? A nice grouping?
Let's see. I brought the Micro, the Compact CDP II, my S&W 9mm, and my much older S&W .357 Magnum revolver (with .38-spec rounds). (The dear-old revolver hasn't been shot in, like, 20 years?! Bought it when I got out of the Navy and left Philly for WA -- to drive across the country alone...)
2sharp? You'll be unsurprised to read that I tried working on my grip -- Gator was very helpful giving me some good suggestions... Argh. Still have a real problem with that! After trying a variety of ways, I ended up going back to my almost-'teacup' -- but using more force to hold the gun still(er). Need to work on it some more... (It's also very hard for righties to show a leftie how to do this stuff!!)(Or, at least, for THIS leftie to figure it out from the rightie's way of doing it!)
Ran 3-4 mags through the 9mm, but mainly wanted to concentrate on the Micro. Since I'm carrying that, I want to be very comfortable with it.
Let's see. I was not as enthralled with Michael's CDP this time -- the .45 IS a big round, and even though the kick was less with it than, say, the .40 (or so it seemed to me!), it's still WAY more than I like...
I shot Gator's (wife's) P238 (was it?) -- MUCH bigger recoil than the Micro. I didn't like it. The trigger was ... harder? heavier? Just less comfortable... Not the gun for me. Oh, and his Glock .. 17? I've never seen a double-stack mag before. Nice to shoot, but kinda ugly (no offense Gator!). (Is that the one they call a brick?)
The CDP started to cause trouble. It was jamming a LOT (like, I'd have to clear four rounds in a row to shoot the remaining three?) and even, one time, Gator had to go out and get the RSO to come and unjam it. While I was waiting for the RSO to come, I shot the Micro a bit more -- and IT jammed -- so I had the RSO clear it too on the same visit.
So, IS it actually a problem with the gun(s) or the mag(s) -- or the nut behind the handle?! (It was after nearly an hour of shooting, so it could be that my hands were tired and I wasn't holding them as steady as I had been earlier? But I don't have a sense that it (I) was any different...)
Now, Gator tried his .45 mag in the CDP, and it ALSO (it is FTL? failed to load?) whatever-- the round wouldn't go... So, I'm gonna take it to the gunsmith (the guy who did the feedramp 8-10 years ago) to see if he can figure out what's wrong. Michael liked him and thought highly of his work, so that's good. I just hope he's still there!!
(I also wondered if maybe it's something that went wrong with Casey at Sandy Springs -- he was not familiar with the CDP and struggled to get it apart, and then back together... Maybe he put something back in wrong? Is that even possible?)
I'll have to let Gator fill in what he brought and shot. I was tickled that he thought I was very good at aiming (even if I AM bad at gripping
). I said I used to teach tai chi, so standing *still* and holding the aim aren't that hard for me. I also read decades ago that the actual moment of the firing should come as a surprise, that I should not be anticipating the place where the trigger launches the bullet, so I consciously do that. (Gator said he's shot so much he always knows when it's going to fire.)
It was a LOT of fun and Gator and I had a good if short time getting to know each other a bit outside the range (and on line when they opened). Hope to do it again sometime -- and 2sharp2 can make it down! (And Chuck? You should come down so you can try the Micro... may be quicker than your LGS gets one in!
(Oh, and I managed to get the skin on the front/base of my pinkie finger caught IN the slide on the CDP. OWEE! Small avulsion injury and a lot of pain!)