Well I took it out today and fired some .44 Magnum catridges, Remington 180 grain loads and some Winchester 240 grain loads. Nothing special or fancy.
This being my first time out with the gun I set up at the 7 yard line. It was a nice Satuday afternoon and lots of nice people were out shooting. I called a cease fire and posted targets.
To the left of me were a legion of people firing Wonder Nines.
To the right of me were a legion of people firing Wonder Nines.
There were so many Glocking Glocks I wanted to Glocking Glock their Glocks up their Glocking Glocks. Glocking Glocks. Glock 'em!
I started with my 642. I always try to put one box through it every time I go to the range even though it's hard to shoot because I carry it the most often. I was doing flinch drills, so it went:
bang bang bang click bang bang bang
bang bang bang bang bang bang bang
down the firing line at random for about 30 minutes. Brass was flying everywhere and I almost lost my footing slipping on other people's brass. Plus my target looked sad as I was using a 10 ring style target instead of a police qualification target like everyone else.
So out comes the 629.
BANG. In the sea of Wondernines a lone revolver is heard. And its flash seen.
The gentleman to my left jumped and uttered the phrase "God d### that's loud..."
And I began to grin.
After firing five, count 'em five shots, myself and a nice middle aged couple had the firing line all to ourselves. They were snickering too.
I have one word that describes the performance of this gun: Confidence inspiring. My first 5 shots were way off in the 4 and 5 rings. I adjusted the sights and shot #6 squarely planted itself in the 9 ring.
I have to say this is a very accurate gun. It is so relatively easy to aim and shoot. I shot a fairly tight group, and another one, and another one. For my first time firing this gun and this caliber it was very encouraging.
Ran like a top. I did get a small blister on my trigger finger but nothing significant. I am pleased with its performance.
I learned three things: #1. I should have bought a .44 Magnum a long time ago. This is so much fun it's crazy. #2. 180 grain loads were somewhat controllable but 240 grain wasn't. Even the lighter load produced a magnificent flash and a thunderous boom, which I quite enjoyed but I wouldn't want to do that indoors or in the dark. #3. I bet it handles very well at speed with .44 Special. The felt recoil was very little, so with a .44 Special load it should be very quick to make follow up shots. I was thinking about new grips but when I actually used the grips today I changed my mind.
Too early to say, but early indicators are very good. I may even have a new favorite.