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Old 05-11-2015, 14:07   #1
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This is a light, little gun that goes BANG!! I figured recoil would be stout and it was. The ammo that I was shooting was WWB 130g FMJ FP from Wally World. I am completely out of my favorite 148g wad cutters. I wouldn't say recoil was harsh but after several cylinders full I was ready to shoot something else for a bit. I'm thinking that +P ammo would be rather uncomfortable.

First the Likes:
This is a very nice, handsome, light, easy to carry handgun with a very good DA trigger.

Now the Don't Likes:
After shooting a few rounds it became very apparent that the grips sucked! My palm was getting irritated quickly. Checking the grip fit, both plastic panels had a sharp edge hanging over the back strap. Also, the checkering on the hard plastic panels is very abrasive and doesn't do much to keep the gun from rocking back enough to loose a good grip. I can see new grips in my future but these got fixed with a sanding block.
Another thing that was annoying was the stainless front and back sight. Looking down that shiny top strap it was very difficult to find the front sight much less center it in the notch. Another easy fix.

So as you might guess, my first outing was less than stellar.

Over 5" slow fire at 30', mostly left, needs to get better. And it will.

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Now for the fixes.

You can see the back strap is low.
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Grips sanded and front sight painted. Much better!

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In closing I can honestly say I'm not sorry I bought this little gun but I am going to have to get used to it and make a few adjustments along the way. I'll shoot it awhile now before deciding if it really needs the grips replaced.

Thanks everybody....
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Old 05-11-2015, 14:20   #2
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Not bad shooting at all for your first time out with it. I'm not sure on your preference for grips but I really like the Uncle Mike's boot grip. They can be had new for about $15
edit: This is not my gun or Bac's carpet.
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Old 05-11-2015, 15:24   #3
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Thanks Maine. I've heard good things about Uncle Mike's boot grips. They being more rubber than hard plastic I'm sure the grip is better.
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Old 05-11-2015, 15:28   #4
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Actually, that's not bad of a group at 10-yds, but obviously you can see that you're pulling to the left.

With a snubbie, proper grip and smooth trigger pull are critical. It's definitely not a gun for the masses. I'd suggest focusing on the front sight and squeeze the trigger as smooth as possible and really lock your wrist to control that little sucker.
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Old 05-11-2015, 16:18   #5
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I put a set of old school wood grips on my j frame so I could get a little higher grip on the gun. I can get my pinky on the grips now and can control it much better.
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Old 05-11-2015, 17:13   #6
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Very nice

Thanks for the report. I rarely shoot snubbies, but they are a lot of fun.
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Old 05-11-2015, 17:24   #7
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Silver on silver is difficult indoors and worst outside for pinpoint accuracy, the paint should help. I also like the older UM boot grips styled after the Spegels, I hate the new ones S&W uses.
I find it helps using a good tight grip and the first joint of the trigger finger directly over the trigger seems to help keep the verticle stringing down and recoil manageable.
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Old 05-11-2015, 17:32   #8
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I've got a crush on the S&W 351PD 22 mag j frame. No use for one but that's never stopped me before.
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Old 05-11-2015, 19:45   #9
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Nice paint job on the sight. With mine, for precision shooting at distance, the front sight has to be even with rear notch, just like regular sights. When doing that, you may not see the paint.

But for a quick shot, that paint will work nicely

158 gr lead round nose will have less felt recoil than most 130 gr. If you can't find 148gr wadcutter loads.
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Old 05-11-2015, 21:04   #10
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Not bad bud! Have you ever tried a LCR?
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Nice paint job on the sight. With mine, for precision shooting at distance, the front sight has to be even with rear notch, just like regular sights. When doing that, you may not see the paint.

But for a quick shot, that paint will work nicely

158 gr lead round nose will have less felt recoil than most 130 gr. If you can't find 148gr wadcutter loads.
Thanks deerslayer,
Just finished loading some 158g LSWC's with W231. Hope to try them tomorrow.

Folsom,
I have not had the pleasure yet. I've heard they have a very good trigger. Fondled but never fired.
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I have not had the pleasure yet. I've heard they have a very good trigger. Fondled but never fired.
Your more than welcome to test drive mine.
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Old 05-11-2015, 21:37   #13
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thanks for doing the update. great little carry gun. I alternate little gun, big gun, when shooting at the range. lets my hands get a break and last longer
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Your more than welcome to test drive mine.
Thanks Folsom, we need to meet at Parma Woods or the BH. Working nights this weekend though, that kinda sucks.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:58   #15
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Not always the easiest gun to shoot but a J frame certainly has a certain charm that makes it easy to see why they have been popular over the years.
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Someone chopped the hammer on that one but still looks good. I tried many grips on my j-frame and I prefer the factory boot grip, both the new version and the old uncle mikes. My 340 wears uncle mikes.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:37   #17
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Not all that horrible first time out. Keep in mind airweight snubs are experts guns- very hard to shoot well. My all steel mod 36 is much easier shoot than the few ounces lighter air weights. On the other hand the few extra ounces is no bother when carrying.
It takes years of shooting to get really good with a snubbie- I have been at it theory years or so and can manage 4 inch groups at 25 yards and hit a ipsc target size steel at 100 yards pretty consistently ( use single action for that however)
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Old 05-13-2015, 14:10   #18
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I have shot this little booger again with some 158g LSWC reloads and like deerslayer mentioned recoil was a bit milder. Also a vast improvement to grips after fitting them properly, no more sting to the palm. I have been carrying it for a few days now and can appreciate the Hip Grip design.

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Try a Desantis Nemasis pocket holster sometime.
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