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Old 01-26-2014, 06:06 AM   #1
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So a little background information:
I own and shoot a full sized Regent 1911 .45. It was my first handgun purchase and I only had the money for an entry level 1911 . While I love my gun I decided to buy a new gun.

My purchase: LionHeart LH9N-MKII. 9mm 4.1" barrel.

My situation: I've shot 9mm in the past. Its alright just a lot different than what I'm used to. How many rounds should I drill with? Distances? What's a decent ammo to chew through?

Any additional things I should drill before I carry with something new?

What about your past transition periods with new guns?

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Old 01-26-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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Practice and get to know the pistol.
How many rounds? That is your decision. But do enough so the pistol is in your muscle memory.

Too many different platforms is not in the best interest of SD. You don't want to be put in a position that you have to "think" of which handgun you are carrying and where the safety is.

Distance? If you hit the bulls-eye every time and have a small circle where all the bullets holes touch each other, then you are too close. If you can't hit the paper, then too far. This is said believing that you automatically follow all the "rules" of shooting (breath control, sight alignment, squeezing the trigger, and follow through).

Some of the best handgun shooters shoot every day and can shoot more than 5000 rounds in a month's time. Is that correct for you? Your decision.

What if your new purchase breaks? Can you get parts? Is there someone who can work on it if you can't?
There is good sense sometimes in not buying on cost alone.

Ammo? Some inexpensive ammo may not give the accuracy desired, but for practice may be okay. I've seen where some ammo that jammed a brand new Walther. In my opinion, get the best you can afford for SD and practice a little with it to make sure it functions. Get the cheap stuff to practice with when reliability is not an issue (like on the range).

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I always practice taking down every firearm I own, especially one that might be used for defense purposes. I need to understand how it works because who knows when you may need to make a quick fix

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Shoot enuff that next time someone ask that same question YOU can answer it
As for ammo shoot the cheapest you can find that runs in the gun----

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And: I would try to stay away from MOST Remanufactured Ammo for SD, or even extended practice sessions.
For Practice I use either PMC 115Gr. RN's, Federal in the same configuration, and I keep Remington UMC's (2-250 Bulks, and a few 100 rd. Boxes of both Federal & Remington. Sometimes I will "Slum" and use Winchester WB in the 100's, but thats when I can't Find the others. For T&E My Minimum is 250-300 Rds., with most of that being Ball, and 50 being "SD" type Ammo.

I have found if you want to save a few bucks and still have decent SD Ammo Try some of the Fiocchi offerings. I have 4 full Boxes Now(and 2 opened 50 rounders) of their 9MM 92 Gr. Monoblock expansion round (a Less Expensive Version of the Hornady Critical Defense round). Price: $30 for 50 rds. as opposed to $20-$25 for 25 CD's, and they also have several offerings in the Traditional JHP's And JSP's...Right now I'm not Hurting for Ammo(except for 22LR as Mentioned in other Threads, along with my Disdain for Wally World) I have just over 2500 rds. Of assdt. 9MM,..with about 1/3rd of that being assdt. SD ammo.. I'd prefer to have Double that amt., But In Time...
I have Transitioned to the 9MM from 45's for about 2 years now...While I miss Shooting my 1911's,..I will Find one I like in 9MM sooner or later...

I heard some nice things about the LionHearts...We saw many 9's at SHOT we'd like to T&E....I can see doing a Piece on 9MM 1911's later this year(prob. the Taurus PT 1911-9, the Metro Arms 1911-9, and the Springfield Range Officer 9)...as well as many Other non-1911's,...The New Striker Fired 3 Series Sigs, The Remington R51, The Swiss Sphinx...The Steyr's, The SAR's,..and Of Course The Walther PPQ's, which are a Major Improvment over the P99's...
I did also get to Hold and Grip several Of the Bersa's in 9 as well...

TB63: how Many Mags. Did you get with your LH? do they Provide you with a method to obtain More Spares?
The Wife(MzGrn when she's on here) thinks I'm nutz that I buy So Many SPARES for every Semi-Auto We get...but Now she (has) experienced a Mag failure with her Buckmark, leaving her with Only 3 Mags...she Knows What I Speak On...

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TB63: how Many Mags. Did you get with your LH? do they Provide you with a method to obtain More Spares?
The Wife(MzGrn when she's on here) thinks I'm nutz that I buy So Many SPARES for every Semi-Auto We get...but Now she (has) experienced a Mag failure with her Buckmark, leaving her with Only 3 Mags...she Knows What I Speak On...[/QUOTE]

I haven't received the gun yet. Hopefully the weather doesn't prolong it. But the full size ships with one 13rd mag and one 15. You can order more through them. And there are a few older mags that are compatible.


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Cool, as long as they leave you options to get more......imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1390780299.784339.jpg

Cleaning day,....MzGrn's Buckmark(top) and my LC9 (bottom)
Already done: the SR9, the 92's, the Mini, and the BHP,..
Still To Go, the Plinkster and the SA-20.....
(Under the cleaning mat-Doubled over is a 2004 American Airshows' t-Shirt featuring the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds....too "Holy" to wear anymore!)

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., But In Time...
I have Transitioned to the 9MM from 45's for about 2 years now...While I miss Shooting my 1911's,..I will Find one I like in 9MM sooner or later...
Brother I hear ya ! I am going to be forced to get into reloading. Between ammo shortage & inflated prices - very hard times. I got lucky years back - case of 9mm for $6 a box. Still have a few hundred left. Same ammo is now $15.99 when you can get it.
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TB63: how Many Mags. Did you get with your LH? do they Provide you with a method to obtain More Spares?
The Wife(MzGrn when she's on here) thinks I'm nutz that I buy So Many SPARES for every Semi-Auto We get...but Now she (has) experienced a Mag failure with her Buckmark, leaving her with Only 3 Mags...she Knows What I Speak On...
I haven't received the gun yet. Hopefully the weather doesn't prolong it. But the full size ships with one 13rd mag and one 15. You can order more through them. And there are a few older mags that are compatible.


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It's an interesting gun. It is basically a Korean copy of a Smith and Wesson 59. They were marketed several years ago by Daewoo. Still made by Daewoo, just a different importer with new branding. So, Daewoo or Smith and Wesson 59 mags should work in these. I know the 59 mags worked in the Daewoo.
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The main reason i purchased was because of their torture videos on youtube. They take a beating and still function.

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