First off, pics will be added on Monday - sorry.
I've been paying off an OD G19 for the last several months and yesterday morning it finally came home. There's an outdoor range not far from the gunshop that I'd never been to before so I decided to take it there to wring it out.
Impressions of both the gun and the range ....... WOW!!!
I fired 200 rounds of WWB fmj and not one single stutter. I went straight from the shop to the range: No field stripping, no cleaning, nothing but a straight outta the box gun. I took 5, 15 round factory mags - I need at least a few more just for fun.
The trigger is already butter smooth, breaking cleanly at about 5lbs with minimal travel to reset - I have no plans to change it. My shooting wasn't the greatest but I'd consider it at least combat accurate, shooting about 3" groupings at 5 yds consistently and on target. The gun is lightweight, well balanced and naturally pointable for me (whooda thunk it?). The front sight completely fills the rear notch with no daylight side to side - no problem there as I've got a set of TFO nightsights from Gary Brommeland sitting in my range bag waiting for installation today or tomorrow.
Now for the range itself: I've been driving about an hour North to use the indoor range where I took my HCP class. It's a great range but $12 and $15 depending on which side you use and the drive is somewhat tiring with heavy traffic. The outdoor range I shot at yesterday is $5.50 for all day access (open Friday thru Sunday), they have one range for handguns and another for rifles. There were a minimum of two range officers present at all times while I was there with a P.A. system announcing 10 minute courses of fire, line hot/line cold commands, RSO walk-by "guns clear" checks before calling for target changes and brass collections. Clearly a well supervised, safe operation - no horseplay tolerated PERIOD. Pistol ranges were set for 5, 10 and 15 yards. RSOs and fellow shooters were all friendly, safe and competent. It's built like the standard stable type, covered structure with screens between lanes to prevent flying brass and industrial exhaust fans for ventilation. The weather was hot and humid but for the travel time, out of pocket cost, and shooter safety I'm well inclined to start shooting there. Only downside - no concealed carry allowed, permit holders not exempt.
All in all a great day and the G19 will become my new primary carry gun as soon as my leather arrives and I can run some good defensive loads through it for target adjustment and function check. Yep, I'm a happy guy!