HK45 Endurance Test: Week Twenty One

1-Sep-10 – 15:24 by ToddG

29,488 rounds

0 stoppages 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages

Back from New Mexico and three straight days of shooting. In addition to Tom Jones (of 365 Days of Training fame) shooting the pistol during both days of Aim Fast, Hit Fast there were also a number of students who tried the gun. Zero problems to report, of course.

Friday afternoon I used the gun to shoot some F.A.S.T. runs (two of three were sub-5 second, clean) and the Hackathorn Standards again (scored 288).

During class, I had to rely on the spare HK45 backup… which I managed to mangle somehow while doing a demonstration of how a hammer fired gun is safer to holster. The trigger now breaks so far back that it almost feels as if the gun won’t fire. Nonetheless, following upon last week’s Triple Nickel run, for one demo I ran a version of the drill in which I made the maximum arc transition for each target (shooting target 1, then 5, then back to 2, then to 4, then to 3) instead of shooting them 1-2-3-4-5 in order… and still managed to do it in under five seconds, clean.

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And that’s with the gun that has the busted trigger! Remember, loyal readers, call your Senator and have a Constitutional Amendment passed so I can try for a Triple Nickel challenge coin. The fate of the world depends on it.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

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  1. 5 Responses to “HK45 Endurance Test: Week Twenty One”

  2. ok, wait, the backup gun, which has how many rounds through it, is broken? Yet the one with almost 30,000 rounds is fine? hmm very strange dude.

    By Rob Engh on Sep 1, 2010

  3. Robbie — I was demonstrating that no matter how hard you try to pull the trigger, you can’t drop the hammer if your thumb is covering it. Apparently, I pulled the (trapped) trigger so hard that I bent something internal, like the trigger bar. Proved the safety point, though, didn’t I? 8)

    By ToddG on Sep 2, 2010

  4. figured as much, I just find the irony of the backup gun breaking hilarious.

    By Rob Engh on Sep 2, 2010

  5. Todd, to simulate the correct target area for this drill on those targets, is it just the A/C or 0/-1 zone that is highlighted, or a smaller area than that?

    By MARK on Sep 2, 2010

  6. Mark — The IDPA/IPSC targets aren’t official for the drill. I believe, based on eyeball comparison in the past, that the A/C (0/-1) zone is a little less forgiving than the QIT bottle.

    By ToddG on Sep 2, 2010

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