New Cimarron Model P - Range Report


August 20, 2011, 07:49 PM
Here's the Cimarron Model P .45 Colt that I bought last week:

This afternoon I finally got an opportunity to get a little range time in with it. First I wanted to bench it. My club has a benchrest range with berms at 50, 100, 150, and 200 yards. I posted a target at the shortest range, 50 yards, and fired off five rounds. I have to say I was disappointed, as the pistol seemed to be grouping between 18" and 24" left at that range. Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I fired the next five rounds with a hold all the way off the right side of the paper, and finally got a few holes printing near the center. Elevation at that range seemed pretty good though.

I had also brought my .22 plinker along - an EAA Bounty Hunter:

I decided to walk over to the plinking range next door and shoot it instead. After walking to the plinking range, though, I figured that as long as I was there I'd try out the Cimarron again. Now our plinking range consists of a row of covered shooting positions overlooking a gully with a shallow creek at the bottom. You shoot across the creek using the high bluff opposite as a backstop. Targets are a "run what ya brung" sort of thing, with the only thing frowned on being glass. But cans, plastic milk jugs, clay pigeons, whatever, are fair game. Distance is probably 10 or 12 yards.

So I loaded the Cimarron with five .45 cartridges, picked out a likely shot up tin can on the opposite bluff, and blew it in half with my first shot! Literally half of the can went one way, and half went the other! I then proceeded to terrorize some other junk on the opposite bank, and then let a young man who was there with his dad shoot it - he'd never handled an SAA before, and was shooting a 1911.

(His dad returned the favor when he brought over his FA MP-5 and a 30-round magazine and let me shoot it. You know, you sure can miss fast with one of those things!)

I then got out the Bounty hunter and went through a good part of a 500 round bulk pack plinking at tin cans and doing a little point-shooting from the hip. Those SAA's are really great pointers. I think I was almost as likely to hit a can doing point shooting as by using the sights - and most of the misses were within a few inches.

Overall impression of the Cimarron? It's a nice shooter, and adequately accurate at the distances it is most likely to be shot at. It was actually easier to shoot than the .22 pistol, as the recoil would roll the pistol up in your hand, placing the hammer close to your thumb and ready to cock for the next shot. The empty cartridges would fall out when you placed it on half-cock and you hardly had to touch the ejector rod.

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August 22, 2011, 05:23 PM
It could be your eyesight and how you see the sights in relation to the target at fifty yards. Most likely your sights cover the target at that range making it hard to shoot properly, target sights they are not. It's a new to you gun and may take a little getting used to...

August 22, 2011, 06:29 PM
Sounds like a great day. Beautiful hogleg you got there. :cool:

August 22, 2011, 06:34 PM
Yeah, you might be right. Lord knows I have enough eye issues, and they're getting worse and worse the older I get.

But, you know what? Point-shooting these revolvers works pretty darned good. I wouldn't feel disadvantaged in a personal defense situation if the revolvers didn't even HAVE sights.

Although it's against club rules to draw from a holster (except during practical pistol or cowboy action events) I was holding the revolvers down by my waist, then bringing them up until the revolver was in my peripheral vision while still looking at the target, then firing the shot. I was amazed at how often I could hit a tin can at 10 yards - almost as often as I could by using the sights! Those SAA's are just natural pointers.

Maybe next time I go to the range I'll let somebody else shoot it.

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