Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, March 6, 2016

.40 Short & Weak

I took my own suggestion. I bought a police trade-in DA/SA Sig P226 from Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore. They advertised the guns as being in "fair condition", which I think is an understatement.

Judge for yourself:


It has been used, though, as you can see from the barrel:


I've found P226s as low as $399 recently, but those guns came with one magazine and shipping was about $25. For this one, shipping was free and it came with three magazines-- I don't know where I can buy two magazines for $15.

They could have wrapped it better, though. One pass with bubblewrap isn't that costly. There were a couple of scratches that appeared to be from the magazines bouncing off the dust cover. Big deal.

The fun was taking it to the range. I put up a standard silhouette and shot it at seven yards. It shot right to the center with the white-box Winchester Wally-World fodder. I then ran the target back to ten yards, fifteen and finally 25 yards. At 25 yards, I could keep them within the 8 ring-- not fantastic shooting with a new-to-me gun, but not bad.*

It has night-sights that are almost dead. If you were inside a coal bin in the middle of the night during the new moon, they might be usable. Double-action trigger pull is nice, single-action is pretty light. The Hogue "monogrip" has a slightly tacky feel to it.  At first, I didn't like them.  But I've got about 200 rounds through the gun and I'm warming to them.  Perfecta, W-W white box, Federal (Blazer) aluminum and some Winchester Defender, all fed and ejected without a bobble.

It's a solid gun. Given its condition and what I paid for it, it was a far better deal than the High Power that I bought a little while ago.

And no, I'm not running any "2,000 Round Challenge" with this.  I can't see a reason to do that.  Autoloaders have metal pieces sliding on other metal pieces-- running them without lubrication is, to my mind, insanity.

(Yes, before you ask, the oil gets changed in my car every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first.  Engines are costly. Oil isn't.)
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* When I came off the range, the rangemaster was chuckling. I asked what was so funny. Seems some guys, who had been blasting away with a 9mm at seven yards, had earlier come out of the range into the showroom and said something along the lines of "holy shit, you see where she's got her target"?

5 comments:

Sevesteen said...

I asked Truglo about getting fresh tritium for sights that I used to own--they replied to send the slide with $37.50, they would rebuild and send it back. My guess is that other manufacturers would have something similar.

Old NFO said...

Nice find! :-) And if it works for you, so much the better!

Chuck Pergiel said...

Yea hah!

Bigcat said...

Our local mega gun store has police trade 23 gen 3 Glocks in .40 Smith for $329. Top bad I don't like Glocks

w3ski said...

I was once shooting my .45 acp at head sized rocks at the hundred yard line. I sat on top of the bench to use my knees to steady me, and used a tree in the distance for an aiming point. I was putting 7 of them in 'the basket' when a guy asked if I was shooting one of those 'necked down' .45 cartridges.
Made me feel good that day.
You keep hanging that target out there.
w3ski