|0 stoppages||0 malfunctions||0 parts breakages|
The HK45 has been shot so much over the past week, there was no time for photography. It’s still a big black pistol, though, for those who might be wondering.
In six straight days at the range, the pistol fired over 3,300 rounds in the hands of ten different shooters. With almost eleven thousand rounds downrange so far, still no stoppages or other problems to report.
On 13-May, the pistol started feeling a bit sluggish — especially when dropping the slide from lock back — so I decided to clean it for the first time in almost 6,000 rounds. However, the next day at the range it was still doing the same thing. After some inspection the cause became clear: the floorplates mentioned last week. The USP45 Compact floorplates are just too short for the HK45. They allow the magazine to be inserted too deep into the gun, leading to drag on the slide and an improper feeding angle. So at least for now, it’s back to the do-it-yourself modified HK45 floorplates. Luckily, Rich at Custom Carry Concepts has promised to look into making a mag sleeve that will alleviate the problem… as soon as he has a free moment in between filling all the orders for Shaggy AIWBs and other CCC gear that have been pouring into the shop over the past couple of months.
The major shooting accomplishment for the week: nine sub-5 second clean F.A.S.T. runs in a row. My previous best was seven (with the P30 last October) and before that it was four (once with the P30 and once with the M&P9). The nine runs (plus the tenth, which didn’t make it):
- 4.62 (clean): 1.48, .43 / 2.05 / .23, .21, .22
- 4.55 (clean): 1.54, .45 / 1.93 / .20, .22, .21
- 4.88 (clean): 1.48, .43 / 2.30(f) / .23, .23, .21
- 4.46 (clean): 1.43, .41 / 1.94 / .24, .23, .21
- 4.69 (clean): 1.48, .44 / 2.11 / .24, .21, .21
- 4.42 (clean): 1.42, .45 / 1.85 / .24, .23, .23
- 4.73 (clean): 1.46, .43 / 1.90 / .25, .50, .19
- 4.72 (clean): 1.53, .46 / 2.03 / .24, .23, .23
- 4.65 (clean): 1.50, .51 / 1.95 / .23, .24, .22
- 5.09 (clean): 1.59, .50 / 2.09 / .42, .30, .29
I’m not sure which makes me more proud, the 4.42 or the 4.88 with a fumbled reload! On the tenth run, I failed to get a good strong hand grip right from the beginning so my first shots as well as the reload were bad, and then after the reload it just got worse.
Of course, those nine runs didn’t happen by accident. This past weekend’s Aim Fast, Hit Fast class involved a number of pretty dismal demonstrations of the drill on my part… three out of four, to be exact. So today’s range session was devoted solidly to working on attacking small targets at speed. Press Six and other drills on the 2″ circles made up a significant portion of my two hour practice session before going to the F.A.S.T.
It’s almost enough to make you think that practice matters. See you next week…
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
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