Walther PPS: First Range Session
This is a continuation of my thread here: Walther PPS: Pre-range Review
FINALLY got the chance to take it out and shoot it. It was well lubed/greased up so I took it up to my parents to shoot (better than $10 per hour at the range!). I shot the following ammo:
52 rounds WWB 115gr FMJ
50 rounds PMI Bronze 115gr FMJ
17 rounds Corbon 125gr +P JHP (434 ft. lbs.)
14 rounds Federal HST 124gr +P JHP (400 ft. lbs.)
Total: 133 rounds
I first shot up the PMI bronze stuff, first shot was touching the bullseye, the rounds following were slightly lower by a couple of inches. The first shots were at ~7 yds. and it's probably sighted for 15 yards (thats about what the factory range test was at and it was a tight group right on the money). Had no issues from the get go and the recoil lower than I would have imagined for a 19 oz. handgun. Firing pin strikes were dead in the middle of the primer, albeit had a unique mark on the edge of the strike (need to take pics). The trigger is smooth, crisp and short, definitely good enough to keep your focus on the shooting and not have thoughts about the feel of the trigger in the back of your mind.
The 7 round magazine is a little nicer to shoot with because of the extra finger space, but I was suprised at how well it handled with the 6 rounder as well. This gun seems to have a nice natural pointability, it puts every shot on paper where you expect it to be, even with rather rapid fire. There's no twisting or jumping side to side on shots. I could shoot a string of shots pretty fast and just watch the sights float up and straight back down; as soon as they landed back on target I could pull off another shot. Worth noting are the sights. The dots are bright white and fairly large, very clear and easy to use on the target. I do wish they were night sights from the factory however! That is one advantage I felt the Kahr had over this gun, the factory tritium night sights.
The next bunch of rounds I shot were Winchester White Box, my favorite range ammo! I shot several and my friend shot several as well. My friend had one FTE, the case looked like it was just barely out of the chamber and holding the slide open, it looked like the slide never made it all the way back. This could have been from a limp wrist shot possibly, but it was a one time issue. I have read of WWB issues with a few other peoples PPS's. One thing I have heard is that the 9mm has the same recoil spring as the .40, so maybe lower powered ammunition might have a problem cycling or will be less forgiving of limp wristing. I'm not sure of the muzzle energy of WWB but I would be curious to know.
I shot a handful of Corbon's and some Federal HST's as well, absolutely no feeding issues. The was a little more noticeable muzzle rise and you could feel the stippling dig in your hand a little, but it was still very comfortable to shoot considering the muzzle energy of the rounds and the size of the handgun! The recoil was much less snappy with the +P's that I shot, than my PF9 with standard pressure rounds, if that says anything.
Probably the last thing worth mentioning is that you have to let the slide fly home when initially racking it, following it home with your hand will result in the slide and barrel not fully locking. This happened a couple of times to my friend. Letting it go like you are supposed obviously avoids this!
So far I'm delighted with this gun! Very fun to shoot, seems to eat just about anything so far, very manageable recoil, and the gun is built like a tank imo! Looking forward to taking it out again soon for another range test!