Friday, May 1, 2015

Black Gun May Day Mayhem!

It was a beautiful sunny morning in Texas, crisp and bright, so I thought I'd better make good use of time and head down to the range with a collection of black guns. Don't get me wrong, I like wood and steel, I prefer it even, but these were the guns I wanted to shoot today.


So I did. The AR's performed flawlessly, which pleased me, because I had a hand in building them. It's always good when something you've worked to create works well. The rifle variant is well-capable of MOA awesomeness, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The Ruger American .17HMR shot well too, producing the best group of the day, 3 rounds in the same hole. Then it was pistol time.

.17 HMR

I'll be honest. I wasn't too pleased with my pistol performance during LL's visit, and I wanted to fix that. "I know," I thought to myself, cleverly, "If I get a Blackhawk Serpa holster, I'll shoot my .45 like a pro." 


The Serpa's a good holster, no doubt about it, it holds your sidearm in a vise-like, mechanical grip, and has a smooth trigger finger release. The paddle system hugs your hip too; it isn't going anywhere. Get a Serpa, just be sure to properly index your trigger finger as you draw your weapon from the holster, otherwise you might shoot your foot off. Bad result.


But, did the holster make me a better shot? No. It didn't, and I had to shoot off a box of cheap Federal ammo at 25 yards before I got in the swing of things. 

Message to market. Neat kit is no substitute for rounds down range. There's a moral in that, if you care to draw it.

Typical Texas Range Scene

Have a great May Day evening and remember, May is Mary's month.

God bless,



jenny said...

Your range is in bloom! I like the "draw it" pun :) and I'm sure Mary would approve of it all-- even your "whatever" pic, where pistol performance still appears solid enough to get the job done...

LSP said...

The range was very attractive. All kinds of wild flowers. I love geting out in the country.

Pistol performance definitely needs to improve, however.

LL said...

The range is in a very pretty and semi-remote location on private land.

It's more about the handgun and the ammo than it is about the holster IMHO. However, you should try a better grade of ammunition and see if that tightens up the groups. That may be part of the problem with that handgun. And it's easy to swap out that variable to see if it makes a difference.

Brighid said...

Sweet guns!

The jingle worms have come out at the range here, making it interesting...

LSP said...

That's a good ammo point, LL, and I'll see what an "upgrade" does. I also noticed a definite improvement on my 2nd box (same ammo) -- as I worked on my trigger pull and breathing.

So being out of practice is probably a culprit too.

Solution? Shoot more pistol.

LSP said...

Glad you like the guns, Brighid!

Brighid said...

Mary might be happier if you were shoot'n a Sig...