I went to check out a new shooting range that just opened up this weekend in my area. This new range is only about a ten minute drive from my house. The range I typically frequent is about a 35-40 minute drive from my house. This new range has eight 50 ft lanes for shooting, which is smaller then the normal one I visit. This new range is more expensive and charges by the hour. However, the convenience of only being ten minutes from my house may cause me to visit this new range more often. They also are open on Sundays which other indoor ranges in the area are not, which is a big plus. They also have a few rental guns and will do FFL transfers, though they do not sell guns.
I brought my Walther PPS .40 S&W with me and 50 rounds of ammo to see how much I would like this new range. After shooting 9 rounds the extractor popped off and caused a double feed due to the casing not being removed from the chamber. It appears the pin holding the extractor broke. After searching for a few minutes I was able to locate the extractor. Tomorrow I will be calling S&W to see about getting a shipping label to send it in for repair.
This is the second time that the extractor has come off while shooting this gun. I view this as a sign that I should start looking for a replacement for the PPS as my confidence in it is gone. I think this time I will go with a 9mm since that is what my main carry gun is (Glock 19) although I am open to suggestions to other calibers. I would like to avoid .40 S&W as I have never been able to shoot them that well. I would prefer something with a single stack, or maybe a J-Frame. My short list includes the Ruger LC9 or LCR, S&W Shield or generic S&W J-Frame, Berreta Nano, or a Sub Compact 9mm sig. I might also look into a slim .45 ACP such as the Glock 36 or XDs. Do you guys have any other suggestions on a single stack sub compact or J-frame? The previously mentioned are all that I could come up with at the top of my head.