Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: Report #14

1-Feb-13 – 16:09 by ToddG
23,864 rounds 10 stoppages 0 malfunctions 1 parts breakages

After an almost two month hiatus, the SACS/Warren gun finally got a trip to the range today. It was a very short practice session (less than 150 rounds and less than ninety minutes) but it gave me a chance to assess the gun’s condition. The first 31 rounds I fired were the round that’s been in the chamber since my last practice and the three magazines’ worth of carry ammo (Federal 124gr +p HST) I’ve had loaded for months. There were no stoppages or problems of any kind.


Most of my practice was dedicated to getting reacquainted with the pistol and marksmanship. First I shot Dot Torture at seven yards. Results weren’t what I’d hope for, a 46 out of 50 with some very sloppy misses on the first two dots (which should be gimme’s).

It was very interesting to experience the VCD Grips after being away from the gun for so long. With a lot of the callous and tougher skin worn away, my dainty girlish hands definitely felt the roughness of grips in short order. By the end of the practice session, it was uncomfortable. However, even without any recoil control practice since last year, the grips did an incredible job helping keep the gun on target from shot to shot. Given a choice between toughening up my hands again or more muzzle flip, I’ll opt for working my hands. It shouldn’t take but a few more practices before I can go back to 500+ rounds at a session without noticing the grip’s texture.

The one bit of quasi-speed work I did was shooting Ken Hackathorn’s “Test” (ten shots in ten seconds at ten yards) from concealment on a B-8. I had to use the turning target system at the range since I did not have a shot timer with me, so all I know is that I finished with a good bit of time left to spare. I scored 96/100 points.

The gun didn’t get any maintenance before shooting today. It hasn’t seen any oil since early December and hasn’t been cleaned since the end of October (that’s more than 4,500 rounds ago!), and it’s been loaded in a holster by my bedside or in my Versipack the entire time. Nonetheless, as mentioned above it worked exactly the way you’d expect a pistol to work.

I should have time over the next few weeks to get in more practice. That 25,000th round is just around the corner…

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

You can also follow and discuss via the pistol-forum.com 2012-2013 Endurance Test thread.

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  1. 25 Responses to “Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: Report #14”

  2. I’m glad you’re well enough to get to the range!

    By JV on Feb 1, 2013

  3. Glad to see you back at it!

    By Redchrome on Feb 1, 2013

  4. Glad you are back!

    By John H on Feb 1, 2013

  5. It was a pleasant suprise to see an update on here, not so much for the 1911 but that you made it to the range. Awesome!

    By MD7305 on Feb 1, 2013

  6. Good to hear!

    By Vinh on Feb 1, 2013

  7. 46/50 with misses on first two. Dry fire hurts girly hands too?


    Really glad for a return to a previously announced program.

    By YK on Feb 1, 2013

  8. Glad you’re coming back. Keep fighting–we’re still waiting for you.

    By Michael on Feb 1, 2013

  9. Glad you’re feeling well enough to hit the range!

    By Matt O on Feb 1, 2013

  10. This is refreshing to see.

    By Kirk in Utah on Feb 1, 2013

  11. Great to hear you’re well enough to hit the range! And… don’t clean that gun and muck it up again! 😉


    By Justin James on Feb 1, 2013

  12. Glad you are good. It sounds like you are making a full recovery.

    By Dave S. on Feb 1, 2013

  13. After daily update checks here over the past month, I am very happy to see you back at it Todd! :)

    By Nick D. on Feb 2, 2013

  14. It is great to see you are up and able to hit the range. Take care of yourself. We are thinking of you. :)

    By st on Feb 2, 2013

  15. Great to see you back. Is the Veripack your new range bag?

    By CGA on Feb 2, 2013

  16. Great news, good to see you back!

    By Steve B. on Feb 2, 2013

  17. Looks like you worked out the bugs. Thank God!

    By Ketan Chand on Feb 3, 2013

  18. Good to see you back at it!

    By Ben BB on Feb 3, 2013

  19. yeah el hombre esta de vuelta!! The man is Back! good to read!
    Bless! keep going!

    By svega on Feb 3, 2013

  20. Glad to see you back out Todd!

    Also, pretty impressed with the pistol. Looks like it’s still doing its thing just fine.

    By jstyer on Feb 3, 2013

  21. Pleasantly surprised to see this update Todd, I will continue to pray for you. Not a bad start for 2013. Take Care!

    By Lot2Learn on Feb 4, 2013

  22. I hate to say the same thing as everyone else, so, “Get some!”

    Good to hear from you.

    Happy shooting, dv

    By dustyvarmint on Feb 4, 2013

  23. GREAT to see you out and about.

    By mark on Feb 4, 2013

  24. Welcome back.

    By Okie John on Feb 4, 2013

  25. Glad to see you’re back on the range! Hope you’re doing well.

    By James on Feb 4, 2013

  26. Thanks, all.

    CGA — No, I haven’t been using the Versipak as a range bag. Rhough it might be interesting to play with the idea now that you mention it. Thanks for the idea!

    By ToddG on Feb 4, 2013

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