Got out to Reeds Indoor Range today and rented the Beretta PX4 and the XD .40. In my range report last week I mentioned I had made my mind up that the PX4 would be my 9mm purchase and that it was time to do the research for my .40 purchase. Last week I watched a couple of hickok45 videos on YouTube. He mentioned how he likes a clean slide. That got me thinking about my choice of the PX4 because the slide is not as clean as the M&P and Glocks I have been shooting. I decided to give the PX4 another spin today. So today after I loaded the first mag and went to rack the slide I stopped and really looked at the slide. I then hit the slide release instead of using my hand to rack it back. So for the 50 rounds I put through it today using a mag loaded with just 5 rounds I used the slide release each time. I really like the way the PX4 shoots, its appearance and the stock sights. I think I will wait on my 9mm purchase and go back through the Glocks and others I shot in the past before making my final decision on the 9mm purchase. I did my annual eye exam last Monday and discussed with my Doc the issue I am having bringing the front sight into focus. I wear progressives. She told me I could go to bifocals or work to place my head in the right orientation to find the spot in the progression that will bring the ~ 18 inch distance into focus. She told me that range is the smallest area in my lens. So my range goals today beyond trying to work on basic mechanics included bringing the front site into focus consistently and giving another .40 cal model a spin. I shot 50 rounds through the Springfield Armory XD .40. My impression is I would be happy to own one. Last week I shot the Glock 22 and M&P .40's. I would be happy to own either of those as well. So I am seeing a possible dilemma in being able to get to a final selection for my .40 cal purchase. I need to think through my evaluation matrix a bit more. One thing became clear today I was not gripping the XD correctly, nor the Glock or M&P last week. For that matter I have probably been gripping all of them wrong. Last week my thumb knuckle took a beating putting 50 rounds through the Glock and 50 through the M&P. I thought it was just the result of the larger caliber. Today I started off with the XD and again my thumb knuckle took a beating and started to bleed. At that point I said OK I am doing something wrong and found a better way to grip the gun. I think prior to shooting the .40 cals the smaller calibers did not really hurt so I didn't realize my grip was bad. Anyway I am relearning everything after 25 years or so. Just the same I am having a blast figuring it all out! I shot from the 10 yard distance and then placed a Shoot NC decal on and moved the target to the 7 yard distance for the XD and PX4. For the 22/45 I shot from the 15 yard and then the 7 yard. If the weather is good next weekend I will hit the outdoor range with my Mosin 91/30 and Ruger 10/22, otherwise more pistol work indoors. I hope the week goes fast!