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Range Day With My 45 Caliber Handguns

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by awpk03s, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. awpk03s

    awpk03s

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    This past weekend, I took advantage of a cold wintry day and went to my local indoor range - taking advantage of a gift certificate from my lovely wife.

    The first pistol I shot was my Nighthawk Enforcer Recon. I fired 150 rounds through it to test for accuracy, function, and reliability. As this is primarily a home defense and nightstand pistol, I did all test firing with my Surefire X300 mounted on the light rail.

    Ammo Used:
    Winchester White Box 230gr FMJ - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    Federal 230gr FMJ - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    Winchester Ranger 230gr +P JHP - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    Double Tap 230gr Gold Dot - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    Double Tap 200gr Gold Dot - Performed flawlessly with all mags.

    Magazines Used:
    - Nighthawk 8 Round Blue Mags, mfg by ACT. These were flawless.
    - Nighthawk 8 Round Stainless Mags. These performed fine, but did not lock the slide back on an empty mag.
    - Wilson 47D. These were flawless.

    Here's a photo of the target. 100 rounds at 10 rounds offhand. Overall I am very pleased with this pistol. Accuracy is quite good, and more than acceptable for my uses. Flawless reliability is what I expected, and received.
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    Next gun I shot was my Nighthawk Heinie Tactical Carry pistol.

    Ammo Used:
    - Winchester White Box 230gr FMJ - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    - Federal 230gr FMJ - Performed flawlessly with all mags.
    - Winchester Ranger 230gr +P JHP - Performed flawlessly with Wilson Mags, and Nighthawk blued mags. The Nighthawk SS mags failed to feed the last round on ONE instance.
    - Double Tap 230gr Gold Dot - Performed flawlessly with Wilson Mags, and Nighthawk blued mags. The Nighthawk SS mags failed to feed the last round on ONE instance.
    - Double Tap 200gr Gold Dot - Performed flawlessly with Wilson Mags, and Nighthawk blued mags. The Nighthawk SS mags failed to feed the last round on ONE instance.

    Magazines Used:
    - Nighthawk 8 Round Blue Mags, mfg by ACT. These were flawless.
    - Nighthawk 8 Round Stainless Mags. These performed fine, did lock back on empty, however with hollowpoints did not feed the final round on one instance with 3 separate mags.
    - Wilson 47D. These were flawless.

    Here's a shot of the targets. Both were at 10 yards, offhand. The one on the left is with 50 hollowpoints, the one on the right is 100 FMJ.
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    Last up was my Ruger Bisley Blackhawk Convertible in 45LC/45ACP. I set up a target at 25 yards and loaded the 45ACP cylinder, and proceeded to fire most of a box of Blazer 230gr FMJ. Next I switched back to 45LC and did most of a box of Remington 250gr LRN. Again at 25 yards offhand.
    The 45ACP target is on the left, 45LC on the right.
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    I have to admit after all the 1911 shots, by the time I got to the Ruger, my hands were a little shaking and I think my accuracy suffered. Plus being an indoor range, it was not that well lit, and at 25 yards my black sights lined up on a mostly black target - gave me some problems.

    To round out the day, I took a random shot target (I was out), and flipped it over, put a dot in the middle and sent it back down to 25 yards. I then shot 14 rounds of DoubleTap 300 grain +P XTP hollowpoints. These rounds make this revolver a real cannon. Flames burst out of the end of the 5.5" barrel and the recoil was harsh, but manageable for hunting.
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    All in all - a good day! Enjoy!

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  2. upnover97

    upnover97 NRA member

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    looks like a good day to me!
     

  3. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan

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  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Something about touching off a 300 grain bullet from a a .45 Colt...

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    :thumbsup:
     
  5. steve1911

    steve1911

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    Nice!


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  6. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

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    That is a real nice set of 45s you have. :thumbsup:
     
  7. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Very nice Ruger and Nighthawks. :thumbsup: