|42,339 rounds||12 stoppages||0 malfunctions||3 parts breakages|
As you can see from the video above, the pistol suffered its 12th stoppage (and the first gun-induced problem in more than 9,000 rounds since the ejector was replaced by Springfield Armory Custom Shop). It failed to go completely into battery after firing. Simply tapping the magazine at the beginning of a Tap-Rack correction was enough to resolve the problem… which is a good thing, because I didn’t rack the slide properly and wouldn’t have ejected the round if it had been the cause. Doh.
For the math geeks, Mean Rounds Between Stoppage (MRBS) is now 3,528. So if I had to shoot all thirty-one of the rounds I normally carry with me when I CCW, there is a 1-in-114 chance that I’d have a stoppage.
Also since the last report, one of my Wilson ETM training magazines stopped working with my carry ammo (Federal P9HST3). The gun experienced a failure to feed with the cartridge horizontal and getting stuck on the feed ramp. (see photo, left) It happened with every single round of the hollowpoint even though the magazine continued to run properly with ball ammo.
I tested multiple other training magazines and also emptied two of my three carry magazines with no problems. So, I simply threw the finicky magazine in the trash.
The gun was used for this month’s KSTG match at the NRA Range. I came in second place for reasons that certainly had nothing to do with the gun. A video of one of the stages was posted here earlier this week.
Probably the best use of my time was spending Friday with some friends & accomplished shooters including Ernest Langdon. Ernest was essentially the foundation for my entire approach to shooting a handgun so any time on the range with him is beneficial. I asked him to watch me run a few reloads and he immediately identified one of the biggest problems I’m causing by rushing the insertion faster than I can see what I’m actually doing:
I know better. I’ve even talked about it online and put time into tweaking my technique to do this. But having a great diagnostician watch you make mistakes is definitely the fastest path to correcting them
Ernest then proceeded to kick my butt on the plate racks as posted earlier this morning. Because he’s Ernest Langdon.
Ernest’s advice definitely helped, though. After spending the morning shooting in West Virginia I drove to the NRA Headquarters and got in some additional practice. I ended the night on a personal best F.A.S.T. with the SACS/Warren gun:
- 4.27 (clean / 1.36, .33 / 2.04 / .18, .19, .17)
That’s the last shooting I’ll be doing for three or four weeks so it was nice to end on a high note. Check back in July for another update. We’re closing in fast on 50,000 rounds!
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
You can also follow and discuss via the pistol-forum.com 2012-2013 Endurance Test thread.
Previous Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test posts at pistol-training.com:
- Repory #22
- Report #21
- Report #20
- Report #19
- Report #18
- Report #17
- Report #16
- Report #15
- Report #14
- Report #13
- Report #12
- Report #11
- Report #10
- Report #9
- Report #8
- Report #7
- Report #6
- Report #5
- Report #4
- Report #3
- Report #2
- Report #1
- Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911: The Magazines
- Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911: The Gun
- I Own 1911s
- Springfield Endurance Test Guns
- Why 1911?