June 23, 2010 – Day 10


Spent most of the morning reading. I recently helped a magazine put together a buyer’s guide and I had to proof the proofs. Looking for spelling errors, verifying model numbers, weights, lengths and capacities is not all that thrilling but it does teach you things like how much a S&W J-Frame weighs, how long a Glock 22 is and how many rounds a GP 100 in .327 Federal holds.

After that I had to complete my write-up of Barrett’s new REC 7 in 5.56 NATO. This is a cool AR and I’m speaking literally. This carbine impressed me with everything but it’s price which probably puts it out of the reach of most working guys like me.

The fun started after lunch when my gunwriter assistant and I stepped out to the steel range to test Springfield’s new XDM-9 3.8. This pistol was accurate and easy to field strip. It was also very controllable – something I’m not sure I’ve ever said about a polymer framed handgun. (Plastic pistols generally have about 66% of their weight in the slide. A 1911’s weight is almost evenly distributed between the slide and frame.)

If I was going to purchase a plastic pistol, this would probably be the one. We ran through 500 rounds without a single hitch and Bat and I can both shoot it very well.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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