Ergonomics - A Range Report


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History Prof
September 21, 2006, 12:26 AM
Well, I finally got my two new pistols out to the range. I am quite impressed with both.

The first is an XD40. After everything I've been reading here and on other forums, I'm very happy, but not suprised. My expectations were high, and they were met. Thanks, Springfield. At 12 meters, I put a full 12 rnd magazine into a group just a bit bigger than a softball. And, as I hoped from aiming it all those times, waiting for a good range day, the ergonomics were wonderful. It is a natural hold, and an awsome firearm.

The second was a shocker. It cost about $200 less than the XD, so I wasn't expecting much. I put a full mag of 7 into a group the size of a baseball (yea, SMALLER than the group from the XD!), reloaded and put the next 7 into that same hole. The ergonomics on this one were even better than the XD, at least in my hands.

Ok, so everything I've read about the XD is true, but I've not seen or heard ANYONE praising the other one I shot that day. What was it?


A Bersa Thunder .45 Ultra Compact! Yea, with a 3 inch barrel! It was friggin AWSOME! Incredibly accurate, very little recoil (felt like a 1911!), and, for those who take the .45 side of the .45/9MM debate, IT'S A .45! Now, if Bersa would just come down on their extra magazine prices!

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jlh26oo
September 21, 2006, 12:50 AM
Yeah it's funny when a mag costs a 1/4 of the price of the gun.

Congrats on the bersa though. Glad you like it.

possum
September 21, 2006, 09:20 AM
The first is an XD40. After everything I've been reading here and on other forums, I'm very happy, but not suprised. My expectations were high, and they were met. Thanks, Springfield. At 12 meters, I put a full 12 rnd magazine into a group just a bit bigger than a softball. And, as I hoped from aiming it all those times, waiting for a good range day, the ergonomics were wonderful. It is a natural hold, and an awsome firearm.


ah ha! I knew you would like it and sounds like there is another happy xd owner!:) don't get down on yourself about the group sizes, you can't pick up a gun the first time and be rob letham with it, practice and you will be shooting that xd like it is going out of style. congrats on your purchases i am also glad you like that other thing, what was it?:neener: have fun and keep shooting! especially the xd,and by the way great caliber choice on the xd!

SuperNaut
September 21, 2006, 10:45 AM
The XD Legion grows. :)

History Prof
September 21, 2006, 11:03 AM
ah ha! I knew you would like it and sounds like there is another happy xd owner! The XD Legion grows. :D :D :D
It is awsome. From another forum, I found these two vids about grip styles. I was always a cup and saucer kinda fella. I can't wait to get back to the range and follow the advice I see in these vids. I think that softball sized group wil become smaller, and I'll have fewer "strays." In my overall shooting with both pistols that day, each and every shot landed in the big scoring ring on a TQ15 (and most within the small scoring ring), but the groups got wider the more I fired off....



http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4584332856867071363&pr=goog-sl
http://www.oregonshooting.com/vids/spgrip1.wmv

SuperNaut
September 21, 2006, 11:06 AM
One thing to keep in mind if you switch to a high grip and place your thumb on the slide catch on the XD; it won't lock open after the final round.

up_onus
September 21, 2006, 01:07 PM
shoot your bersa thunder!
xd is known for its reliability though, bersa on the other hand.
good luck with both! Keep us informed after about 1,000 rounds through each. This will give a real understanding.

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