A couple strange issues at the range today
The last couple of range trips I've started trying to change things up a bit like forcing myself to shoot left handed despite being right handed, etc. That part went well. I found I can shoot pistol/revolver without much accuracy loss, though the mechanical movement I still need to work on to get the draw and reload down. Rifles, not so much. I think I hit the target once at 20 yards after 30 rounds with the 22 and maybe 2 or 3 times with the AK47. But I digress...
The first issue I ran into is very disconcerting. Since I got my Keltec PF9, I've shot it with a variety of ammo including Winchester PDX1 defensive ammo, without any issues. Satisfied with its performance, I've been walking around with the PF9 loaded with the PDX1 in 7+1. I haven't unloaded it in several weeks, leaving it in the pocket holster sitting in the bedside vault. Decided to shoot it today (right handed only), with the already loaded PDX1 and some Blazer aluminum cased stuff. With the PDX1, I'd take a shot, and the next round would jam. Happened every time. No issues with the Blazer ammo. I'm glad I decided to shoot it today... had I needed it, I'd have been up the creek without a paddle.
Any idea as to the root cause? I was thinking it might be the fact that I've left it loaded, but I haven't had the same issue with the same brand of ammo when left in my Glock 30 for similar time frames. And since the problem wasn't exhibited with the Blazer ammo which has less kick than the PDX1, I was thinking it could have been my own failure to hold on well enough. I didn't begin shooting the PF9 until after about an hour into my range time and was getting a bit worn out from all the rifle time.
Second issue, and not really an issue but an odd occurrence, happened while shooting the second magazine of ammo on my AK. I was smelling ammonia pretty heavily. I only noticed the smell when I took a shot. I've never noticed that before, but I haven't had the gun for that long and don't take it to the range every trip. All the ammo I have for it is "Herter's" branded steel case FMJ and some SP which all comes from Tula Cartridge Works. I didn't notice if the second mag had FMJ or SP. I had loaded them up a while ago, and they were sitting in a plastic ammo can with the boxed ammo up until I left for the range. At first I thought maybe one of the cats had peed on the gun or maybe the magazine, but both have been put away between trips to the range and the empty magazine and open action on the rifle don't really give off any ammonia odor. I've been shooting FMJ only up until today, with one of the two 30 rounders loaded with at least 20 SP rounds. Maybe its an odd batch of gun powder in the SP rounds.