I haven't been to the range for months and I feel pretty bad about it. I need to go this weekend. I laid out all of my handguns for the first time in a while and surveyed the situation. Keeping for sure:
- Ruger Mark 3 (target)
- S/W Model 13 revolver, .357 (home defense)
- S/W Model 17 revolver, .22LR (target)
- Ruger Single Six, .22LR and .22 Magnum (target)
Of highest importance is trying to figure out if I still really want one of my guns. I used to enjoy shooting my HK USP45 compact very much, but the last few times I have brought it out it hasn't done much for me.That short barrel and compact frame really create a lot of muzzle flip. I have tried several different types of ammo and the results are the same - I can't hit anything with it. So in the big picture, this gun is pretty much useless to me unless something doesn't give. I think I will give it one last "shot" with some MORE different types of ammo and then call it a day. Don't get me wrong, the quality is top notch on the pistol, but I just can't shoot the damned thing. I have put a decent amount of rounds through it (I am guessing 1,000 or so) and hope to get about half of what I paid for it originally ($700). But what to trade it in for?
I have had my eye on the new Ruger SR9.
I know it shoots the europellet, but what good does a .45 do me if I can't hit anything with it and don't have confidence? You can kill someone with a .22 if you HIT the person, unlike having, say, a .45 and missing. The SR9 has a very slim profile and looks good for carry, and I LOVE that new blackened stainless slide. Very nice. It holds 17 plus one in the pipe so capacity is no big deal. It may be a good solution to my carry issue. I haven't been carrying my .45 at all lately because I am just not confident in it. If I can get confident and proficient with something else, I will probably start carrying again.
Then there is this new toy.
OBVIOUSLY I need to purchase the Ruger Charger. Here is a cool video. Only $369.50 MSRP. It is a 10/22 action in a pistol format. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these. I am pretty sure I will spend more on glass for this one than I pay for the gun itself. But why not? .22LR is my thing. I love shooting it, and target and plinking is my favorite thing to do in all of the gun sports. I have immensely enjoyed working my way up through the NRA Qualifications. This pistol won't help me too much in that, but I still MUST have it.I think eventually I want a .45 again, but I would get a 1911 full frame with a longer barrel to soak up some of the recoil. Who knows maybe it will be another HK - but I have been leaning to Kimber. I will be sorry to see my current compact go, but no need to get too emotional over these things.