Rob’s slide stop is beveled over the detent. You just push it straight down. Easy peasy with never an idiot mark.Great choice. I own Primes in 45 and 9 and have a Classic Carry on order in 38 super. Only thing I would do differently with my order specs is my 9 has the hrt slide stop. ACW fits those really precisely and I would ditch that because I think the normal slide stop is a little easier to insert on reassembly.
The PTI Target! Brings back memoriesRange report
I have gotten over 900 rounds of WW 230gr ball ammo and 100 rounds of Federal HST / Hydra Shock 230 gr JHP thru this pistol. I am happy to report, the pistol is holding up nicely thank you! We are awaiting more duty ammo so I’m holding off on the WW Ranger T JHP for now. I am confident this pistol will continue a normal service life with my duty ammunition.
I used the two ordered magazines as well as my ETM mags. No feeding problems. The slide locks the rear every time with an empty mag. With the slide in battery, a fully loaded mag locks in without a lot of extra effort. I put an empty brass casing in a mag, hit the slide release and it fed. Wadcutters? LOL. Extraction is positive and consistent. The slide speed stayed consistent thru out the initial break in. I do add a touch of oil to the barrel / bushing area, barrel hood, and slide rail cuts when I noticed the pistol was getting dry. No issues.
However, to be completely fair, I had one issue I cannot explain. On day 1 when I got to the range, I decided to start with some pairs to check out POI / POA, etc. 1st pair no problem. The holes touching at 10 yds. However, as I attempted shot #3, I discovered the trigger had locked up, frozen in place. No play or movement at all. Looking the pistol over revealed nothing. The trigger was frozen, no take up to the sear. I racked the slide back loading a fresh round, depressed a now operational trigger and the pistol fired. I have not experience issue again in over 1000 rounds.
I really like the thinner front sight with the orange ring. With the skinnier front sight in the rear sight U notch, I can still see the 6” steel targets from a distance. Picking up the sight’s orange ring allows for a quick acquisition during close encounters. This is my new favorite sight picture.
Felt recoil is on par with my steel framed Govt models. Compared to my LW Hackathorn Commander, the ACW is a bit kinder to the hand / wrist. The difference in split times is so minimal that it will not matter in a real encounter. Heck there was one run where I shoot the light weight .12 sec faster than the steel frame. I have never had an issue with the aluminum framed pistols.
The pistols checkering and the half checkered grips are perfect. The pistol stays put. The checkering does not eat the hand up after hundreds of rounds. Reloads are assisted with the nicely mounted ACW magwell. It is flared and blended to the frame very nicely.
The trigger break is exactly as I ordered it, clean and crisp @ approx. 4lbs. as ordered. The break is as clean as any of my Wilson Combats which are all great. I do not have enough time on trigger to say if the smooth face trigger is a benefit or not. It certainly feels good and has no downside.
My first drill was based on The Test, 1911 version. 10 yds. 9 rds. 7 sec. or less, from the holster. I could tell I was pushing the pistol to the left. Also, I was anticipating the trigger break based on my other pistols. All the bad hits are entirely on me.
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I slowed down a bit to a 9 sec. or less time and did a bit better with the rounds staying in the high center chest area. I could feel I was getting more acquainted with this pistol.
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