Finally got a chance to get the new SIGs and the XD-S out for a spin. As expected, the SIGs were amazingly accurate, and a joy to shoot.
: lots of fun, using both 7- and 8-round magazines. The grips get really slick after a few magazines in the 100° (or close to it, anyway) heat. I may go with some Hogues, or maybe even some Crimson Trace grips if I'm going to be removing the stock panels. I'd trust my life with this one for sure, and it'll be added to the carry rotation after the next outing. I really enjoyed this one and the P228 the most.
: this was a work in progress, and surprisingly, I was able to say that my first SIGlite installation was a success. It's dead-on, and rang the steel plates with authority, much like the .357SIG I was shooting at it earlier. Nice .45 recoil in a big frame, and the new recoil spring, trigger bar spring, grips, and sights were worth the cost and the wait for what looked to be a dog at the LGS under the glass counter.
: Wow! Now I realize what all the fuss was about. The DA on this thing was pretty heavy during dry fire exercises, but was easy to control with live fire. I made it a point to decock the hammer when I loaded it up so that I could work on the DA pull. Very accurate, and not too bad on recoil. It did seem to flip a bit more than what I've seen before from 9X19 but that didn't affect accuracy at all. I like the standard contrast sight picture so much that I probably won't switch it over to SIGlites or any night sights, since the M11-A1 will come in that configuration already
: Nice gun, aims weird for me, but was able to figure it out pretty quickly. I used 5- and 7-round magazines (with the collars/extensions removed) and shot the hell out of it. The recoil is manageable, but is is the jimping and grip texture, along with the slide bite that will get you. This thing ate everything I fed it, and I didn't experience any of the issues I read about on the XDTalk forum. I'm pretty happy with it, and it will be added to the carry rotation. I like the red fiber optic front sight, and the weight and balance of the gun is really a winner here. When they release this model in 9X19, I'll be in line for one.
Thank goodness for the Harbor Freight net tarp, as it has made brass recovery a dream. Only the .45 and .357 brass made their way past the far edge of the tarp. All of the 9mm brass stayed on the tarp.