0 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 0 parts breakages
Sorry for the tardy “Thursday” report. The HK P30 LEM and I traveled from Georgia to Maryland to Wisconsin and back to Maryland during Week Four and today is the first chance to post an update.
Week Four began with one last practice session in Georgia with my good friend (and ATF Special Agent) Todd Kennedy, who earned a pistol-training.com F.A.S.T. Challenge Coin. I played around with the grip options on the P30 that day and determined that using the Medium sized left panel causes me to ride the slide release lever, preventing the gun from locking back when empty. I’ve gone back to the Large panel on the left and have had no such problems since.
Also this week, I taught an abbreviated version of the Aim Fast, Hit Fast program to 22 SWAT cops at the Midwest Tactical Officer’s Association annual conference in Wisconsin. The P30 not only proved its ability to run in the pouring rain, but with absolutely zero maintenance (or even a wipe down) afterwards, the gun’s finish has proven to be impervious to the elements, as well. Not a speck of corrosion has appeared on the gun.
On the second day of the conference, the P30 was treated to much nicer weather during the Spartan Tactical Training Group‘s Advanced Pistol 2: Rapid Deployment Pistol Operator course at MTOA. The lone DAO pistol among a crowd almost completely consisting of Glock shooters, the LEM proved itself more than capable by taking top honors during the class Dueling Tree shoot-off.
Over the course of this week, the gun digested everything from light 115gr American Eagle loads to M882 (full NATO spec U.S. military 9mm ball) and 124gr +p Gold Dot without a single stoppage of any kind. It even fired a couple hundred rounds of Blazer without any trouble.
With regards to the Blazer, what we’re learning is that if you keep the gun (and especially the chamber) clean, the gun will eat the aluminum-cased ammo without any problem. But if you are somewhat lackadaisical about your cleaning regimen, brass-cased ammo is the surer bet.
One addition this week was the SmartCarry® holster. With only one day of testing before the Wisconsin trip it was impossible to form a detailed opinion but so far I’ve been amazed at how comfortable the SmartCarry is with a full sized HK P30 and spare magazine. The concealability of the SmartCarry is unparalleled, allowing you to wear almost any type of clothing (no belt, tucked in shirt … no problem). The draw is definitely slower than what’s possible with a good appendix IWB like the Custom Carry Concepts Looper the P30 has been carried in for the past four weeks, but when circumstances dictate a concealed carry-unfriendly mode of dress, the SmartCarry allows you to wear a full size gun and plenty of spare ammunition instead of the normal fallback of a j-frame or mouse gun. More on the SmartCarry next week after a chance to use it for a few days and to put the drawstroke on a shot timer.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
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