Back from the range after my first testing of my new SS Micro Carry 380.
I go through a ritual with my Ultras that is controversial but it works for me and I won't stop doing it. I polish the feed ramps on all of my automatics from day one and most of the time a quick chamber throat polish. I like to use a pound or few heavier recoil springs on the short guns but in this case my #11 springs are not in yet.
I tested four different rounds:
1. PMC Bronze. I like them for a target round because they are so clean and shiny. They aren't super clean burning but not any worse than the Blazer Brass or Winchester white box. They are 90 Grain ball nose FMJ.
2. Winchester white box target. I've had great luck in all my Kimbers with them and although dirty burning they always load and go bang for me. These are 95 grain flat nose FMJ.
3. Remington Golden Saber. I use these for defense rounds in all my guns. I like them for 1911's because of the rounded hollow point resembling the ball nose 1911's were designed to shoot. These are the 102 grain JHP.
4. Remington Ultimate Defense. I picked these up when I bought the Micro because they didn't have the Golden Sabers. These have identical bullet shape and the nickel coated brass case like the Golden Sabers but they are made especially for compact hand guns. They say on the box..."maximize your compact handgun's effectiveness." hmm. They are 102 grain.
To make a long story short I fired a little over a hundred rounds and the gun functioned beautifully with two hick-ups. While sling-shotting the first round from the magazine twice it failed to go into battery. A little nudge did the trick. Never a failure to load and fire except those two. I had pre-loaded my only magazine when I bought it and my experience was that the 6th round was extremely tight in the mag. I'm wondering if the 11 pound recoil springs I have ordered would have pushed it on into battery but that is nether here nor there at this point. Regardless I have a lot of rounds to fire when I get my 7 round mags in and the 11 pounders so we'll see.
My shooting station was in yards so I set the target at 8 yards. My first impression was that the trigger pull was a little bit harder than what I am used to on a Kimber but for a deep conceal weapon that could end up in peculiar places I am not disappointed with that. After all, no mouse gun is going to be my target bullseye, trophy winning, turkey shootin, standing ovation, best in the west gun.
I splattered the first few rounds low across the target getting familiar with shooting it but actually at 24 ft I am satisfied with the results and it did settle down for me. After the picture I continued to shread the target and even did some 15 yarders that at least most shots were able to hit the head. Nice gun, great having a safety, the lock back on empty, and low felt recoil. It's a keeper.