My wife and I go shooting almost every Sunday afternoon and this was no exception. When I say this is a range report I use the term range in its loosest form. I live in a very small town in west central alabama and the nearest public range is at least 75 miles away. I do have good friends in the area that have lots of property. In one area over the past few years they have set up a shooting area for zeroing rifles. We go there and set up our targets and fire down the range toward their 50, 100, 150 yard targets. It is strictly informal and Euclidean you always know who is in the lane next to you. This afternoon we went out with the purpose of putting a hundred or so rounds through the new Skyy CPX-1 that I bought yesterday. I learned several things during our session and I will share them after the report.
As recommended by P95Carry (Chris) I simply ran a dry patch through the barrel before going to shoot so this is a new, right out of the box pistol. Since this is to be a defensive weapon I decided to see right off if it had problems with my defensive ammo. I loaded 9 rounds of Federal 147gr. Hydra-Shok in the magazine and one in the chamber and fired at a standard bullseye target from 25'. The first thing I noticed is that this pistol has more recoil than any other I have. The Taurus Millennium Pro .40 is much milder. The Skyy handled the Hydra-Shoks with out a problem. I had one problem. I was shooting all over the place and was rubbing the skin off my joint where the thumb joins the hand.
After I finished with the Hydra-Shoks I started to use range ammo. I had a 94 rounds of WWB (Winchester White Box 115 gr. from Walmart) and an older box of UMC 115 gr. I loaded the first mag with the WWB and then threw 6 round of UMC in with the remaining 85 WWB and never looked after that to see what I was loading. On the 48th round total including the Hydra-Shoks I had a failure to eject. When I got the casing out it appears that there may have been a burr on the rim and it was exactly in line with the extractor and caused it not to go over the rim. No further problems through round 91. My wife fired rounds 92-101 and round 93 was a failure to feed. I expect this was limp wristing by my wife. She has never fired anything with the recoil this pistol has. I fired the last 9 rounds with not problems.
110 rounds fired - 1 failure to eject - 1 failure to feed. Failure to eject possibly an ammo problem. Failure to feed possibly a user problem.
What lessons did I learn? 1) My wife is not only a better shot than me, she is a much better shot than me. I fired the first 37 rounds from the Skyy at bullseye targets. Then I set up a USPSA/IPSC target for my wife to fire her Bersa Thunder .380. She immediately puts 7 rounds of WWB in the COM. So since she has never fired her pistol (formerly my pistol) with defensive ammo I gave her a mag with 7 rounds of 90gr. Federal Hydra-Shoks. I told her that they might shoot a little differently from the others and she put 7 rounds even closer together in COM. There are 14 holes surrounding the letter A. I will post a picture later. In one plade there are four holes that look like three unless you look closele. 2) I can shoot revolvers fairly well, I can shoot my S&W 439 pretty well, and I can shoot my Bulgarian Makarov .380 very well, but I cannot shoot pistols with double stack mags worth a flip. I have been practicing with my Taurus .40 and I am consistently inconsistent with it. Most rounds tend to be low. I tried to blame it on the pistol, but last Sunday my wife put 10 in the black on a bullseye target. This was the first time she had fired the Taurus and the first time she had fired a DAO semiautomatic. So much for the pistol being the problem. We come to the Skyy and as I said earlier I was all over the place. I shot better than I did with the Taurus, but nothing to write home about. The 9 rounds my wife shot were of course COM. In looking at the design of double stack mag pistols I find the shape of the grip to be to squared for me to grip well. This almost rectangular shape with rounded corners does not work for me. I like the longer, narrower, more rounded shape of the grip on a 1911 or my S&W 439.
So the third thing I learned is that I am going to replace the Taurus. Though I live in a small town with no gun dealer, there is a gun show practically every weekend within a hundred miles of here. So next Saturday I'll go to the gun show in Birmingham and see what kind of trade I can work up. I am going to keep the Skyy for a while longer and see if I can learn to handle the double stack. I'll let you know what happens.