Loaded up the range bag with ammo and my (new to me) recently acquired Ultra Raptor 9mm, along with my new Browning 1911-380 and my Kimber Micro 380 with the MagGuts conversion kit in one of my Kimber 7rnd mags.
Oh what a fun time I had. I flipped a coin and the Raptor won out on first up. Loaded up the three mags with Winchester Nato 124gr. All I can say is WOWeee, that thing is a dream to shoot. Shot a total of 10 mags and it was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys
(see pic Raptor First Outing)
I reluctantly put the Raptor down and picked up the little Browning. Before talking about how it shot, I'll go over my first impressions when I field stripped last night. Really love how it feels in the hand. The standard 3 dot sights are easy to acquire. Its fairly light (Browning specs - 18oz empty) and honestly, my Kimber Micro feels heavier even though the Kimber specs indicate 13.4oz. The Browning is truly a mini 1911 as advertised. Take down is exactly the same with barrel bushing, spring assembly, etc. The composite frame does have a bit of a cheap feeling to it however, and also has a plastic mini guide rod and recoil spring plug/cap. A little disappointed in all the plastic parts, but not overly so. There is definitely the feeling of a more quality handgun when I pick up my Micro 380 vs the Browning IMO and they are pretty much in the same price range. Now that all that is out of the way, first impressions on shooting is.... Holy Heck what fun to shoot. Very accurate and much less muzzle flip in comparison to the Kimber micro. Don't have any plans to conceal carry this pistol, but will sure bring it with me on a regular basis to the range, and out to friends ranch for some plinking. Also want Ms Tejan to shoot it and see how she likes it. She currently is getting comfortable with shooting an M&P .22 pistol. The Browning would be perfect for youngsters to graduate to for sure. Overall I really love it so far (even with the plastic parts). Shot 50 rounds through it and never had any issues whatsoever. Had to get used to the magazines as they have a form of a safety incorporated in the mag spring (can't imagine why) in that you have to press it in before loading the first round. Once it has the first round, loading can continue as with all other mags. (see Browning Target Pic)
And finally, I shot 50 rounds through my Micro 380 with the MagGuts converted mag which not holds 8 rounds, giving me 8+1 capacity. I would have to bump the slide on first round to get it in to battery, but that was the only note worthy event that occurred. Will continue to shoot at range and see how it does over time.
If it is possible to be happier than a "Happy Camper", that would be me after this range trip.
Have a great weekend everyone.... its about time for me to head to Irma's for some tasty Margaritas, then on to MinuteMaid Park