So today was gonna be snubbie day, but I switched it at the last minute to current/primary personal/home defense gun the
Ruger SP101 .357 vs. past hopeful Springfield XD 5" Tactical .40 cal.
I warmed up as usual with my most accurate handgun the Single-six. Once I shot 2 perfect rounds, consisting of 2 shots each on 3 targets of different shapes, but similar size (8x8) spread out along the berm at a distance of 25 yards, off-hand, I then proceeded to break out the greater weapons.
First I shot 100 rounds through the XD. I (or it) started out strong (80-90% hits @ 15 yards, but then started getting results consisting of 8/10 down to 6/10 at my worst.
I relaxed for a bit then broke out the SP101 .357. I dry fired the gun 15-20 times to get me back in the feel of its DA pull and then began shooting .38 special loads. I shot at multiple targets from about 15 yards and after the 3rd or 4th cylinder, began getting consistent hits. After 50 rounds I switched to 125 grain PMC .357. By the end of that box I was hitting the steel 5/5 times at 15 and even 4/5 out to 20 yards. This is with a 3-1/16" barrel.
So what ya'll think? Stick to the wheel guns or keep the XD and keep trying to shoot it perfectly. I'd hate to keep a gun that I can't shoot up to standard. I can shoot a revolver with 1/2
the barrel length as (or more) effective than a pistol with more capacity.
After my session I spoke w/ a fellow (near master) hand-gunner and was offered a help session next time out w/ the XD. He told me not to give up on it, but if the wheelie's are working for me why not nurture it more?