View attachment 211839 View attachment 211847 Record cold, non-stop snow, slick roads -- of course I venture out to the local pay-as-you-go indoor with a few hundred rounds of .45 and 9mm. Plus, I wanted to test some new reloads (Hornady HAP over 4.5gr HP-38) and do some rapid fire (no jacketed or rapid fire permitted at local club). I brought the M&P 2.0 5" 9mm, the Sig 229 9mm, the SA RO 5" .45 ACP, and the SA RO Champion Elite .45 ACP. I decided to shoot all my loaded .45 ammo first, then switch to the 9mm (it's been a while since I've shot them since falling for the .45) I started off with a warmup set at 5 yards freestyle, then right handed and left handed. Groups were one large hole. I moved out to 7, then 10, then 15 yards and kept the groups tight. The SA Range Officer 5" has a slightly lighter trigger. I need to have some work done on the RO Champion to get it close. But the Champ has a fiber optic sight, which makes acquisition so easy. So the guns shoot about even for me. Then to the 9mm, and really, the trigger on the M&P is ... well... it's not a SA 1911. It took a few rounds to figure out where it broke (again). Once I got it shooting was fine. I practiced rapid fire at 5, 7, and 10 yards. Groups opened up a bit at 10 yards but all shots were within the paper plates or 6" stickers (or less). Then back to .45 to practice rapid fire. I was able to get splits down to 0.33, but no faster (I haven't done much rapid fire with the 1911 yet!). The problem with rapid fire is the ammo I carried in somehow disappeared. I was weighed down walking in. Not so much checking out! Shooting is fun, relaxing, and I feel like I learn something every time I shoot. I've had other hobbies that were similar, that you never really "master" -- you get better but your standards rise. As we age it's easy to lean on the stuff we're already "mastered." It's "natural," but it's not good. Rather, we should continually learn, test ourselves with new challenges, keep growing, and expect more from our talents and abilities. It makes a cold, grey, snowy day a bit more enjoyable!