Nighthawk Talon II (9mm)

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by DrJason, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. DrJason

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    Went to the range yesterday with some buddies to "blow off some steam" after a long week. Thankfully I've got a great shop near by with a lot of guns for rent. In honor of Dillinger and my trip to the SHOT Show figured I'd rent the Nighthawk Talon II in 9mm.

    Fit and finish were impeccable, no "play" in the slide/body fit, trigger was smooth with a clean break...... and keep in mind this is a rental gun that probably gets abused and may not get cleaned and lubed as much as it should. Between myself and a couple buddies we easily put 150 rds thru her without a hiccup. Even my one friends who rarely shoots was hitting the target better than he was with any of the other handguns we were shooting (including my M&P 9pro).

    So onto the firearm pron :D The target is 2 magazines worth of rds after 1 mag to "warm up", could have taken a dozen more pics of targets that would have look just about the same..... sooo easy to get her on target without much thought! Totally on my short list of firearms to get (just need to start saving some $$$$).
     

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  2. CA357

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  3. IGETEVEN

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    Hell, What did you expect? :confused:

    Nice shooting there...brown-nosier! :p :D :cool:
     
  4. Dillinger

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    Well what was your overall impression of the bobtail now that we know the "real" reason it was invented? LOL :p
     
  5. DrJason

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    LOL....wasn't digging into my hand at all :rolleyes:
     
  6. Dillinger

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    LOL - Well that is good. :p

    What was your overall impression of the Talon II in the 9mm? Did it fit your hand well?
     
  7. dog2000tj

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    Just great ... now we got 2 Nighthawk snobs to deal with! :eek:


    j/k - nice shooting. Sooooo, when you gonna order up one so we can drool with envy at it? ;)
     
  8. DrJason

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    It's going to sound corny but just grabbed it and started shooting and didn't really even think about the feel in my hand, so I guess I take that as a good sign. I'm going to have to do some research on the various models but I could see a Talon in my collection :D
     
  9. Boyerracing343

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  10. lonyaeger

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    That must be a nice range!
     
  11. FCross7

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    That looks like some great shooting. I wish one of the ranges near me had a Nighthawk out for rental.

    I was thinking the same thing. I think you would be hard pressed to make your money backing renting a pistol that costs that much.

    JD, your comment has me wondering. What is the "real" reason for a bobtail that you speak of?

    -Fred
     
  12. DrJason

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    They actually have 2, one in 9mm and another in 45 along with a Wilson Combat 1911. The dealer/store has been around for 90 years and have over 100 guns for rental! The guys working there are pretty cool too, I've bought all 3 of my handguns and my wife handgun there. Very lucky to have a quality shop with a great selection within 45 min of my house!

    As for the bobtail comment..... JD and I were standing at the S&W booth at the SHOT show looking at 1911's and this guy comes up and tells me to grab the gun and squeeze it as hard as I can, ok, whatever, no problem, then he says doesn't it dig into your hand, I was like, not so much, well he says that is why they invented the bobtail is to not dig into your hand.....literally, this happens 2 min after JD tells me the reason for the bobtail is so the gun doesn't "print" a much during carry.... LOL
     
  13. Dillinger

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    Kind of a long story, but here is the short version. Dr. Jason is new to the 1911 realm and joined me at SHOT. We went to a lot of 1911 booths and in the Smith & Wesson booth we were checking fit, finish, trigger and I was explaining some things to him to look for before purchase.

    We pulled down one of their bobtailed guns and I was explaining that this had a benefit for CC because it trimmed the pointed end of the handle and helped reduce printing.

    About this time the mook from Smith and Wesson walks up and thrusts a full size 1911 in Jason's hand ( we were looking at 4" models ) and tells him "Here. Squeeze this as hard as you can."

    So, Jason being a nice guy, begins to try and strangle the gun with one hand.

    "You feel how uncomfortable that is?" The guy asks.

    "No, not really" Jason says, and continues to try and wring oil out of the grip.

    "Well you see if you have big meat hooks like mine, that pointed edge there digs into your hand and makes it uncomfortable to shoot. That's why we offer these here bobtail models". :rolleyes:

    So, yeah. We thanked him for his time and exited stage right. Even if Jason had been interested in a Smith, once the guy knocked him for hand size and seemed like a jackass, I don't know if it would have been high on his list to shop for later. :cool:
     
  14. dog2000tj

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    LOL - that's kind of like the Jeep salesman telling me the steel doors I wanted were a great security feature on a TJ. Really? :confused: With a soft top? :rolleyes:
     
  15. FCross7

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    <--- This guy is jealous. My local range has maybe 20-25 guns for rental. About 1/3 of them are Glocks, there's a few Rugers, and some other misc. No 1911s though, the communists. The only thing they do have that I would be interested in renting is the Vector that they've got. I think that thing would be fun to shoot for a bit.

    At what point in the conversation did y'all laugh in this guy's face? It's kinda scary that these major firearms manufacturers have guys like these representing their company at one of the biggest, if not the biggest firearms expos in the country. I've only been around firearms for about 3 years and I could have told you reason for the Bobtail, yet a guy who is no doubt probably making a pretty good sum of money from Smith has couldn't catch a clue with a butterfly net. I think Smith should pay me next year to take that guys place at SHOT.

    -Fred
     
  16. Boyerracing343

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    Sounds like one heck of a gun shop. The only range/shop by my house is ran by a bunch of jerks and everything is priced for its weight in gold.
     
  17. dog2000tj

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    and your going to invite your friends for a range day when? :rolleyes:
     
  18. DrJason

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    Darren, let me know if you want to make a trip down to the Hartford area, we can hook up to go to the range and grab a beer after.