|1 stoppages||1 (*) malfunctions||1 parts breakages|
Over two thousands rounds through the gun last week put us well over the 40,000 point. No stoppages or problems of any kind this week.
As mentioned previously, I have begun shooting 50 F.A.S.T. drills some days during training. This is cheating. No denying it. But as I’ve already got a challenge coin, there is really nothing for me to gain. Running the drill this way is helping me build a database on some raw numbers that I’m interested in, especially to compare to other test guns in the future. Still, only the first three runs of the day ever count toward what I consider my personal best, etc. The first three are legit. Everything after that is just data.
|Average (raw time)||5.12||4.84||4.79|
|Head split (avg)||0.63||0.49||0.51|
|Body splits (avg)||0.28||0.26||0.25|
(not that it makes a big difference, but I shot all of these using 3×5 cards for the head and 5×8 cards for the body, so the body zone was a little smaller than normal)
The most glaring issue that I’ve noticed: fumbled reloads. Times have varied wildly, from a best (during the F.A.S.T. runs) of 1.77 to a worst of 3.58! Obviously I’m pushing myself to go faster than normal during this exercise, but the number of flubbed reloads is approaching 10%. Most of the fumbles are occurring at the mag well, and I catch myself looking at the target instead of the gun. Combined with the huge bulky HK45 mags, it makes for interesting moments.
The first three runs of each day, though, I shoot the drill normally without pushing as hard. My best score (from the first three “legitimate” runs) each day were:
- 20-Oct, 4.65 (clean): 1.45, .55 / 1.89 / 0.26, 0.25, 0.25
- 22-Oct, 4.93 (clean): 1.58, 0.44 / 2.17(f) / 0.25, 0.25, 0.24
- 25-Oct, 4.72 (clean): 1.51, 0.48 / 2.00 / 0.24, 0.24, 0.25
The middle day (22-Oct) was the only time when two of the first three were clean under five.
Enough about me. What about the gun?
The recoil continues to take its toll. I shot 651 rounds yesterday afternoon, and now almost 24 hours later I’ve still got some pain in the joints of my fingers. This has clearly been a cumulative thing. At the beginning of the test it was no big deal. Now, extended practice sessions are much less fun. And an “extended practice session” with the .45 is 651 rounds, whereas there were days I put over 2,000 rounds through the P30 and never even noticed. I miss the P30.
Reliability has been incredible. It’s been 10,181 rounds since the last time I cleaned the HK45 (I know, I suck). I lube the rails and barrel hood with Militec every couple thousand rounds, and that’s it. (I managed to lose my bottle of Slipstream, I doubly suck)
Accuracy has been great, though I haven’t benched the pistol since it’s been so dirty. That has kept me from testing the Asym Ammunition we were sent. (can one actually triply suck?) Cleaning the pistol is on the list of chores between now and tomorrow night, and testing that Asym ammo is a commitment I’m making. Expect to see results next week.
This weekend the pistol will be in Phoenix for another Aim Fast, Hit Fast class. Tom Jones will be there, too, finishing up his second month of 365 Days of No-Excuses Training.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
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