Y'all know I now own FOUR .380 Micros. Three I love; one is ugly. ('bout 90% sure I'm gonna sell the ugly tan one -- got two neighbor ladies who like it.)
Second range trip, not this msg:
Took 400 rounds and all four Micros (just them: everyone else stayed home in the gunsafe; even the 9mm Micro!) up to the range a week ago, by myself -- of which, more next msg.... (Oh, and plus the five new Kimber extended mags I got.)
First range trip for the newer two:
Couple weeks ago, I took up to the range the TWO new ones ( (the Sapphire and the ugly-tan; not yet including the Eclipse: I hadn't won THAT yet
) -- I also took my friend Sam, because:
Using my help, Sam bought two .380 stainless Micros -- and through misunderstandings, I had arranged to have them sent to MY FFL for him to pick up. (No, I did NOT "buy them for him!" EEK! Federal offense!!) But, long before then, I had conferred with my FFL -- could she receive the guns for him? Yes, as long as he had GA pic ID! I asked him specifically
, because then he could pick them up at my FFL. GA considers him a FLA resident, but he's mostly both. He TOLD me he had GA pic ID!
To order the guns (one for Key West, one for ATL), I called from his house, talked to the store (advertising/auctioning them on Gunbroker) and asked the guy to sell Sam two STL .380s for $400 each and he could ship on my UPS to save that fee. The guy broke out his calculator, said yes to $400 each and they'd STILL ship free!! Cool! Told him my FFL info and handed the phone to Sam, who made the purchase.
But, Sam misunderstood or wasn't listening to me or whatever
when I asked him if he HAD GA pic ID to pick up the guns. Argh. A week or so later, we show up at my FFL, all loaded for shooting (still planning to prolly just use my guns, cause his would be fresh out of the box) -- and when the guy asked for GA pic ID, Sam said, "I don't have one." !!!!
So, we arranged to have the guns sent on FFL-to-FFL to a Key West FFL ("I think there's one there, he's only open Wed and Thurs."
) for him to pickup (he was heading back down to FLA the next day). (Should I whine that he ALSO just came back from two+ weeks down there -- and went to pick up his guns the day before he was driving back up here -- and discovered FLA has a waiting period?!? YARG!!)
Aaaaany way: so, we took my guns into the range.
I mentioned somewhere here that I was so busy reloading for HIM to keep shooting my guns, that I forgot to check out the action of my pretty new trigger on my EDC? Yup. I shot a 4-5 mags in my EDC too (same gun as the two Sam bought) -- but didn't think about it. (Did NOT have any firing problems with my STNLS EDC that day... of which, more next msg...)
Well, that and I was concentrating on the two new guns getting their first 'run'; and having a bunch of FTEs and FTLs and stovepipes... Yes, I HAD disassembled, cleaned and greased the new ones (and the EDC). So, I have now DLed a bunch of 'where to lube a Kimber' vids -- to go with the several 'how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble without any parts left over' vids I already DLed .... cause I was just guessing on where/how to lube/grease...
Also, not surprised that they had problems on their first go. Was using Freedom Munitions which have that short, flat face... Also, that was all I had at the time -- Monday, I got in 1,000 rnds of Fiocchi from Ammoman: Total: $310.30: (1,000) .380 Auto Fiocchi 95 Grain FMJ $290.00 Tax $20.30 Free shipping: 4 reward points).
Also, didn't 'track' which guns had which problems -- figured I was just throwing lead down the lane to start them off... (ALSO forgot to track on my four-Micro visit to the range two weeks ago -- of which, more below!)
Sam had fun... but I'm going to have to talk to him seriously about this one-handed shooting crap! YES, you need to be able to, because you may be hurt or need one hand to guide kids or open a door or whatever -- but NOT as your 1st/always shooting posture! ARGH! AND I'm still trying to talk him out of his: "I'll always fire a warning shoot -- out the window into the ground." DOUBLE ARGH!!! (Jiminy crickets!!!)
He's being hunted by antifa all the time now, doxxed and followed... Several months ago, I gave him one of my Kimber pepper sprays till we get him truly armed... but DAMN! He has GOT to learn that as a real estate lawyer he does NOT KNOW SH|T about self-defense law! (Doctors make the worst patients!!)
So. My two new guns (and I dimly remember MAYBE the STNL with the new trigger too) choked a bunch of times. (Still -- I got REALLY comfortable with handling FTEs and FTLs... And, just like disassembling, and reassembling four Micros several times; DOING it a lot makes it easier to do! Not disturbed by it; expected it with the new guns (is THAT bad?) and planned to go run more rounds through to loosen 'em up, or whatever... (I guess I have a sense that not ALL Kimbers come out of the box tetchy, but many do, and we love them anyway!)
Oddly (but not a surprise?) the ugly-tan ran somewhat BETTER than the Sapphire (ugly-redheaded-stepchild makes good?). But still not perfect. So, brought 'em home, cleaned 'em up again, and decided on a solo trip to the range (my first ever -- it that weird or what? I have always 'planned' on range trips as teaching trips for newbies... Thanka to you lovely gentlemen of KT for finally 'tipping' me to recognize that not only CAN I go by myself -- I SHOULD!!