The 4 rules of gun safety

*The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!

*The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

*The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

*The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shooting at the range

Well, the last post had me giving my new PT-809 to my wife and taking her and my Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm and a new Taurus PT-92 heading to the range to shoot.

We went to the range with my youngest son and spent a little under two hours. We started off warming up shooting .22 rounds through a Smith and Wesson 22a. I like shooting this little gun. Has enough weight to feel relevant and it's pretty accurate to. Also helps me get my breathing and trigger squeeze under control. We each fired about 30 rounds of .22 before we switched over to our 9mm's.

My wife loaded up her PT-809 and fired off 10 rounds. Had a couple of issues with stovepipes and failure to feeds, but I think it had more to do with limp-wristing than the gun itself. All told, we ran 50 rounds through her gun. She continually had issues with failure to feeds and had to rack the slide to get the next round chambered. I fired 5-7 rounds with no issue at all, so I assume it was a loading or grip issue.

My son fired the PT-92 and had a blast with it. Pretty accurate gun right out of the box. He put 50 rounds through it with no issues with failure to feed or failure to extract. Just what I expected from a Taurus gun that has been around for a while and had most of the kinks worked out of it.

I fired 100 rounds out of my M&P 9mm. Very excellent gun to shoot. One thing I've been working on is focusing on the front site and keeping a soft grip. My finger on the trigger was also a problem with me shooting low and left. I'm still low and left at 15 yards, but it's much better than the last time I shot.

All in all, I left the range feeling really good about the M&P as my gun to shoot IDPA. Looking forward to my first match.

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