10 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 4 parts breakages
75,000 rounds down the barrel! Pictured above is Wayne Weber, President of HK-USA as he fires the big Seven Five Oh Oh Oh. He even wore a red hat to celebrate the holiday.
With the help of some water jugs (and a very understanding range staff) we captured the 124gr +p Federal HST bullet, which you see pictured with the gun in the photo at left. You can click on the photo for a higher-resolution version. There’s a very long story behind the whole photo shoot, but it’s very embarrassing because someone forgot to bring memory cards for the camera so we won’t discuss it. Ever.
The pistol actually fired 933 rounds that day as I got in a few final hours of practice before hitting the magic number. With a great big shooting bay all to myself, I had the chance to do a lot of drills that are normally impossible on a single lane.
- I ran El Presidente in 7.36 clean.
- I shot the M4Carbine.net “Timed Pistol Drill” in 5.04 seconds clean.
The P30 has surprisingly little wear given the fact that it’s gone 75,000 rounds and only been cleaned thirteen times during the entire test. At right, you can see the minor wear to the finish of the barrel (click photo for larger version). The frame rails look like new. The action — sear, trigger bar, disconnector, etc. — have definitely polished their contact points smooth but look perfectly fine with no metal being moved or removed. Internally, you’d be hard pressed to tell the gun has been fired far in excess of typical handgun service life requirements.
The external finish shows its age in some spots, primarily from holster wear. Firing 75,000 rounds means the gun was probably drawn from a holster somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 times between live fire and dry fire.
The picture at left (click for larger view) shows some of these wear spots, particularly on the slide release lever. The two slide release levers show almost identical amounts of wear even though the right (pictured above) is almost never used while the left lever is what I use to drop the slide after almost every reload. Again, this points to holster wear as the real culprit.
Here are the final numbers:
- 75,000 rounds
- 236 days
- 110 range trips (avg 682 rounds per trip)
- 420 total hours on the range (avg 179 rounds per hour)
- 15 different types of ammunition from 8 different manufacturers
- gun cleaned a total of 13 times between the first shot and the last (avg 5,769 rounds between cleanings)
Ironically, the long awaited Garrity AIWB (Appendix Inside the Waistband) holster finally arrived… the day after the 75,000 test ended!
Obviously, that leaves us with just one option. We’ll have to extend the test. So, thanks to the continued support of HK-USA, we’re going to be pushing the P30 to 100,000 rounds!
The endurance test pistol will be taking a holiday between now and SHOT Show in Las Vegas this coming January. HK has quite a nice display set up to show off the 75,000 round gun. The gun will be locked up behind the glass, however. It’s still the gun I carry every day, after all, and I don’t want twenty thousand people screwing around with it!
So P30 Thursday will be on hiatus until after the SHOT Show. Once the pistol is back from Las Vegas, we’ll start up again with a goal of reaching 100,000 before 1-May-2010, which will be the one year anniversary for the beginning of the test.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
Previous P30 Endurance Test posts at pistol-training.com:
- Week Thirty-Two
- Week Thirty-One
- Week Thirty
- Week Twenty-Nine
- Week Twenty-Eight
- Week Twenty-Seven
- Week Twenty-Six
- Week Twenty-Five
- Week Twenty-Four
- Week Twenty-Three
- Week Twenty-Two
- Week Twenty-One
- Week Twenty
- Week Nineteen
- Week Seventeen
- Week Sixteen
- Week Fifteen
- Week Fourteen
- Week Thirteen
- Week Twelve
- Week Eleven
- Week Ten
- Week Nine
- Week Eight
- Week Seven
- Week Six
- Week Five
- Week Four
- Week Three
- Week Two
- Week One
- Initial Report