As you may recall, I’d lost confidence in my Ruger LCP.
It came back from the gun smith feeling super smooth and looking extra shiny inside. I’d show pictures, but haven’t yet figured out how to photograph what I’d need to show. Basically, imagine the slide was about 1/3rd easier to work, and the feed much smoother and quieter.
First off, reliability… 100%. Over 150 rounds + sitting in the holster for two weeks unshot and then complete reliability through a 12 round backup gun (BuG) stage at today’s USPSA match.
What was interesting about the BuG stage was that while reliable, I shot the LCP horribly. The trigger pull seemed forever. And the first shot, I actually had to squeeze twice because I pulled it back and couldn’t get the trigger back all the way, so I re-adjusted my grip, squeezed again, and fired. That added about 1.5 seconds to the first shot – not good.
Then it was quite bright and the laser ended up not being visible. So I shot it with iron sights only and dumped two rounds into no-shoot targets. All in all, reliable but clearly the gun will require steady practice to be confident.
In an ammo rich environment, that is one thing. But with .380 ammo expensive and not even available often in shops near me, practice may be few and far between.
Given that I’m shooting 1000 or more rounds a month through a Glock or 1911 style guns, I’m quite familiar with them. So a natural thing is to consider those type guns as my carry piece. My competition guns (Glock 34 and customized STI Edge) are too big to tote.
I’d been carrying my Kimber Desert Warrior, and it is nice, but admittedly is a tad big to tote even in my normal very casual attire.
I’ve tried smaller Glocks, but they just feel too thick. The Desert Warrior is more comfortable.
In the end, I decided on a Smith and Wesson 1911 PD:
It’s 1911 interface is very familiar to me. It’s scandium frame makes it almost a pound lighter than the Kimber Desert Warrior, and it’s slim width makes it snug in tight to my side. It is small, but I can get both hands on the grip readily, and it has a delightful trigger.
So the “plan” is:
– general casual dress carry – the 1911 PD
– formal attire carry – the LCP in a tucked holster.
I’ll report later on what holsters and initial shooting experiences I have with the 1911PD.