Well, the worst day at the range is better than the best day in the office. And since I don't have to go to the office anymore, that makes for a lot of good days!
I really can't call it a range yet though - I still need to build a target stand of some kind. But it's a nice place to spend a day -
Until I can put up a proper frame, hanging a piece of a paper shopping bag on a tree limb was enough of a target to let Kate get the feel of her new Charter Arms Undercover .38 SPL revolver. Of course she had to try my P-3AT and even though she can't rack the slide (arthritis), at least she can shoot it -
She followed with about 70 rounds through the Undercover which she found quite comfortable to shoot. She said she "used to be a good shot." Well, we were shooting at seven yards and I could cover her final five-shot group with my fist, so I'd say she still is -
OK, this is the Kel-Tec Range Forum so I'd better get back on topic. I put another hundred rounds or so through my P-3AT. I shot the new Hornady TAP 90 gr HP/XTP, the Federal Premium 90 gr Hydra-Shock JHP, some 90 gr Gold Dot HPs from Georgia Arms (a Nation's Gun Show find) and some Russian-made Silver Bear 92 gr JHPs. All shot flawlessly. Since I didn't have the means to really compare them for accuracy, I was simply interested in making sure they shot without any problems. The Russian rounds surprised me - I bought two boxes of them at the gun show when I bought the gun (they were cheap) and I had a couple of problems with the first box. I had three FTEs early on, which may have just been caused by breaking in a brand new gun. In any case, I never did anything to the gun to correct the problem and there were no problems from this box - the little Kel-Tec digested them as well as any of the others.
In taking it apart for cleaning, I learned (as did omnistuff a few days ago) that the ejector will indeed fall out if you turn the frame over while the slide and barrel are removed. I hadn't read omni's post yet and all I knew was when I turned it over, I heard something hit the deck. "What the f**k was THAT?!!" Fortunately, it did NOT fall through the cracks of the deck but once we found it I did have to take the whole thing inside to figure out how it goes back in. I do NOT see well up close and didn't want to risk losing it while I fiddled with it -
Back in it went with no problem. WHEW! Guess I'll add a spot of grease as pocketgun recommends.
One thing I learned about how I should shoot this little gun. As most if not all of you know, it's really a handful! My natural inclination is to try bear down and overpower the recoil, but if I relax a bit and don't try to over-control it, my groups tighten up. Probably common knowledge to you more experienced shooters, but I'm getting the hang of it.
So that was our day - a good one to be sure!