|1 stoppages||1 (*) malfunctions||1 parts breakages|
As some of you may have noticed, we didn’t manage to post an update last week. We’re back on track and, as you can see, just a little over 2,500 rounds from the final shot!
There have been no stoppages or problems to report. The gun has not been cleaned — and only oiled once — since the last report. The gun spent a lot of time on dusty, dry ranges in both Los Angeles and Virginia. In fact, this past Saturday a few friends got together for an informal practice session in Culpeper and 1,015 rounds were fired through the HK45 on that one day. Some video should be coming soon.
Another bit of shooting from this past week came from a thread at FT&T that inspired me to do a little test with the HK45. Using an NRA B-16 target, I timed how fast I could get my hits at varying accuracy standards. These were all 10-shot groups fired at 10 yards from concealment (Garrity In-Victus AIWB underneath an untucked polo shirt).
|5-ring (9 5/8″): 3.87 seconds|
|6-ring (7 1/8″): 4.89 seconds|
|7-ring (5 1/4″): 7.50 seconds|
|8-ring (4 1/2″): 7.86 seconds|
|10-ring (1 1/2″): 47.57 seconds|
The 6-ring group was shot cold with my carry ammo (Winchester 230gr Ranger). The 10-ring group needed to be shot twice, as I dropped two shots on my first attempt (in 30-something seconds). The results were pretty interesting and clearly demonstrate the relationship between marksmanship and speed.
While it’s a week late, we promised you a big announcement and here it is: Larry Vickers and Ken Hackathorn generously spent almost two hours on the phone with me last week discussing the history of the HK45 from concept through prototype to current production. That “interview” will be coming soon to pistol-training.com. There are some pretty fascinating tidbits and, of course, both Larry’s and Ken’s candid thoughts on the final product that came from their concept proposal years ago.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
Previous HK45 Endurance Test posts at pistol-training.com: