Today shot my LCR and M&P9c
So I finally tromped out through the snow and got some shots off with my new LCR. I don't have a formal target to shoot at, just a 5 gal metal bucket against a big mound of dirt and brush. I stepped back to my usual spot, which is 21 ft from the bucket and squeezed off 5 rnds, taking a couple seconds between each. The first shot was right where I was aiming. The next four were a couple inches left. Probably from not taking quite as long as I did with the first. All could be covered with a baseball. I was impressed, as I haven't shot a revolver DA in I don't know how long. The next 15 were much quicker. Not competition or anything, but I wasn't taking nearly the time. Sight on target, pop. All my shots could be covered with an 7" disc, with the exception of two that were unaccounted for. I wasn't happy about those two errant shots, but The others I was pleased with. I was also pleased with the way I could do followups quickly. I found the LCR to be quite jumpy shooting the FMJ truncated .38 special 158 gr loads, but it came right back onto target very quickly and ready for the followup. It pointed very naturally. Especially with that XS sight. And the Hogue Tamer fit perfect in my hand. I do not see a followup shot at that range with this gun being a concern at all. It's a sweet setup.
So not wanting today's EDC to feel left out, I rolled the bucket to a fresh spot and pulled out my M&P9c, figuring I would empty the mag. The first thing I noticed is I had no front sight! Well, it was there, but the white was missing. A ten second assessment found that I had managed to shave some kydex when I unholstered the weapon and it had fit perfectly within the concave sight, covering the white. That hasn't happened in the house, but then I haven't actually drawn the weapon while wearing my winter jacket in the house either, just pulled up my jacket and practiced getting my grip. Interesting. So after clearing the kydex, which was done with my finger and a puff of air, I fired off the magazine, again not really taking my time, but trying to quickly get the sight on target and quickly squeeze off my next shot.
Not nearly as much jumping around. That was expected. And also not quite as quick to get the sights aligned. That was unexpected. There was something about the LCR's XS sight that when you see it, or at least when I see it, it's on target. Kind of like using a peep sight and finding the gold front bead. When I feel I should be shooting again, it's good to go. The M&P's sights there's a little more wiggle room, but the shorter trigger pull and less felt recoil makes up for the extra millisecond it takes to squeeze of a pretty accurate followup shot at short range.
Anyway, just some observations from someone who doesn't push a thousand rnds of ammo through their guns every year, which is a category a lot of us fall into, for right or wrong.
Oh, and has anyone here done a bit of filing on their M&P's front sight to take the sharp edge off? Am I the only person this has happened to? I've got some nice grooves within the top inch of my King-Tuk, so this isn't the first time this has happened, but it's the first time the white has been filled in with the shavings. The better solution might be to work on technique, but one can't always say for certain what kind of conditions he might have to draw his weapon from. Maybe cut a groove in the holster at that point?