11 days, 2 range sessions, and 1,000 rounds later....
I decided when I got the pistol that I would give it an initial cleaning and lube job, then shoot 1,000 rounds through it before I cleaned and lubricated it again. This way I would be able to see how the pistol works once it gets dirty, and help break the pistol in with all of the delicious carbon that is bound to accumulate on the pistol. According to internet wisdom, "2011 type" pistols do not run well dirty, and tend to be picky on what ammo they like. Since I am not fond of internet information that is parroted everywhere, especially after working firearms retail for 7 years, I went as far in the opposite direction as I could. For the initial range session I brought out 9 types of ammo. The ammunition I brought out were the following:
- 124 Grain Norma Range FMJ
- 124 Grain Xtreme RN Reload
- 124 Grain Berry's Hybrid Hollow Point Reload
- 158 Grain Fiocchi FN Subsonic
- 124 Grain Blazer FMJ
- 124 Grain S&B FMJ
- 115 Grain Herters FMJ
- 115 Grain PMC FMJ
- 147 Grain Xtreme RN Reload Subsonic
The first magazine was at 10 yards to get me to dial in the RMR and get it zeroed. From round 1 the Staccato is much softer shooting than the Glock model 45 MOS I have been shooting for the last 2 years. The trigger is night and day different from the Glock as well, so it took me a bit to get used to the trigger feel, and the fact that I did not have to prep it like I did with the Glock. Once I got the RMR dialed in at 10 yards, I zeroed it at 25 yards. Once I felt confident with the zero, I shot a 25 yard 10 round group on a printed B8 that I was rather happy with, given it was within the first 50 rounds of shooting the pistol.
The pistol was a joy to shoot. Big Mel even enjoyed shooting it, and proceeded to show the best shooting with a handgun that she ever had performed. As mentioned in the initial article, the grip on the Staccato was born with a girth certificate, so for her hands that are teetering between small and extra small for the Pig FDT gloves, it is a bit much for her.
The rest of the range session I was just getting familiar with the pistol. As my hands proceeded to get colder and colder since I was not wearing gloves (#rawdawgforlife), my group sizes proceeded to get worse and worse. Still, here are some rapid fire (as quick as I could acquire the dot and fire) groups fired from 10 yards with 10 rounds.
This trip we shot:
- Norma 124 Grain Range FMJ
- 124 Grain Xtreme RN Reloads
- 147 Grain Xtreme RN Subsonic Reloads
While shooting the 147 grain subsonic reloads through the pistol unsuppressed, I had one failure to eject. This is an extremely soft load, loaded with 3.7grains of CFE pistol and I chronographed it at 820 FPS out of the Staccato. The same ammunition caused the same failure through Matt's H&K P30L. This is definitely an ammunition related malfunction, and no fault of the gun. When running this round suppressed, the pistol chugged along just fine.
We hit the 1,000 round mark without fuss and without any issues other than the one failure to eject.
Thoughts thus far
The magazine release is easy for me to depress and due to having mongoloid thumbs, I do not even have to break my grip on my strong hand to activate it. When performing a reload the magazine well helps with any poor magazine indexing. The slide stop is not oversized, but is easy enough to activate with my support hand as I come back up and make a two handed grip. The thumb safety is crisp and positive to manipulate when both engaging and disengaging.
For a holster I went with a Safariland 6390 RDS. I have always been a big fan of the Safariland ALS system for retention. For the time being I put a spare Streamlight TLR-1HL on the pistol so that the pistol locks in the holster. Shortly it will be getting a Modlite PL350, but at the time nobody had them in stock. I know somebody will ask, and the Safariland model for the holster I went with is: 6390RDS-1582-701
One thing that I have noticed, is I now look forward to going out and shooting pistol. With the Glock it felt like a chore when I went to practice with pistol. The Staccato is just a pleasant pistol to shoot, and that makes high round count range sessions easy to do.
Now that the 1,000 round report is done, I will post up the wear patterns at 1,000 yards. Hopefully in the next week or so. A lot has happened and I have a lot of catching up to do to get to current date. I would write more, but getting paid $51.97 an hour verses free ninety nine for writing has been taking precedence.