I had the opportunity to get my Micro Bel Air to the range and wanted to share my experience. I shot 150 rds of three types of ammo: Winchester Target & Defend FMJ flat tip 95grn, Federal Champion 95 grn FMJ round tip, and Winchester WhiteB target FMJ flat tip 95grn. With this trip I have fired 300 rds total. Performance was better on this second trip to the range. I am much more pleased.
Two weeks ago, on my first trip I experienced 3 FT return to battery, 3FTfeed, and 2 FTE on 150 rounds most of which was with PMC FMJ 90 grn ammo. I had some Win White box target with me also, but most of the problems where with the PMC as I recall. I believe 2 of the FTFeeds were a result of my inexperience racking the slide for the first round.
I included a few pics of my range that is located below a man-made lake and target results. The poor shot grouping is probably more of a function of my poor shooting skills than the gun’s capability. I did not take any photos of the FT problems. I should consider that on the next trip for documentation purposes.
I want to note that when I cleaned the gun before this event I believe I used slightly more lube than before. This is very subjective and difficult to measure, but I believe the gun was a little more ‘wetter’ on this trip.
On my second, the Win T&D 50 rds had 1 FTfeed mid mag., the Win white box target 50 rds had 2 FTfeed during mag cycling with two different mags (one 6rd and one 7rd), the Fed Champ 50 rds was perfect.
What did we learn thus far from this limited experience?
• Perhaps the Micro is getting broke in, and thus performs better
• The Micro performs better as the operator gains experience
• Federal Champion 95grn FMJ with ROUND tips maybe better than RNFT of the other two brand of ammo
• 95 grn maybe better than 90grn ammo
• The sample size is small and there are several variables involved that makes drawing any definitive conclusions rather nebulous at this time.
What are your thoughts?