One way or another we got into a game of 9mm eight ball.
I started by warming up a little with my Ruger Mark II Government .22. I'm not unhappy with the results.
|Warm Up With the Ruger .22|
|Ruger .22 Government|
The Ruger is overdue to be stripped down a thoroughly cleaned, but since it isn't jamming or having any other problems I'm loathe to take it apart. I've only had it apart once or twice before, and getting it back together was a real pain. The first time I had it apart was at Cleland's. I didn't know how to take it apart and so asked the young man behind the counter, who couldn't admit that he didn't know how either. He took it into the back room and the gun smith (presumably the gun smith, but it might have been a Troll from under the High-Level Bridge for all I know) got it apart. He then handed me the pieces with an air of finality. Not so fast, wise guy. Let's see you put it back together. He explained the process, then failed to get it back together. Again, he tried handing me the pieces but I wasn't having any. You got it apart, you get it back together. So it's run (literally) back into the back room to emerge five minutes later with a red face and a reassembled .22 pistol. Maybe I'll hold off on taking it apart.
I switched to my Smith and Wesson M59 in 9mm. I've never been able to shoot this pistol very well. The grip is fat, which provides for a high capacity magazine but does nothing to help my small hand. Additionally the 9mm produces a nasty, snappy recoil which is hard on the wrist. I don't know if it's the way the gun is built or the way I'm holding it or something else, but the muzzle ends up pointed at the ceiling after each shot. I'm not very happy with the group, but Big Mike put this into perspective for me one day by holding my target against his chest and asking me, "How does it look now?"
|Practice With My Smith and Wesson Model 59 in 9mm|
|Smith and Wesson Model 59|
Big Mike shot first and took stripes, sticking me with the solids. I didn't mind. The thing is that I was using my S and W M59, and what I didn't tell Big Mike was that the stupid thing shoots low and to the left. Take a look at the 13 ball and you'll note I drilled it smartly, very close to the center. I was shooting at the 9 ball at the time. Nice, huh?
|8 Ball Victory for Big Mike|
|The Winning Shot|
|Smith vs. Glock|