Started the day at the indoor range. Glock 43, Smith & Wesson 640, and a Smith & Wesson CSX.
G43 had one failure where the extractor failed to seat on the round chambering. Easy to fix. Mix of Federal 147 ball and Federal 124 HST. HST was more accurate, no surprise there. Wrote G48 on the targets, brain seizing up.
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Federal HST 124...
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Smith & Wesson 640...
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Spent some time helping a young fella with a new S&W 442. His first revolver. Wasn't grouping. Showed proper grip, sight alignment for 25, 15, and inside 7 yards. Suggested he paint the front sight post. Got him lowered, on paper and grouping around 14 inches at 5 yards. Think he will stick with it and improve with practice.
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CSX with Federal 124 HST...
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The CSX is an interesting pistol. Feels good, natural pointer, very accurate instinctive shooting. Funny trigger feel. Sometimes nice and light, other times heavy, heavy squeeze. Grip is like sandpaper, rough on the shooting hand.
Compact, compelling form factor. Recoil is not bad at all for such a small pistol.
Safety is too light in my opinion. Disengages too easily and no click in either direction. Slide cycles with safety engaged and disengaged. There is also a trigger safety which is ridiculous on a single action pistol in my opinion. Also the source of a problem.
The CSX ate everything, no failures. Until the end. Running Federal 124 HST the trigger went dead. Flopping loosely. The guide rod extending 1/4 inch forward of the slide. Slide will not cycle. Locked up tight with a live round in the chamber.
Will ship the CSX back to S&W for repair. With the live round chambered.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CARRY.
I would take a hard pass on the CSX. Thinking I will pickup another Glock, a G26 though will be fatter than the CSX.