READING, WRITING & SHOOTING
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.