Gun Show – Sig Sauer P228

The Sig Sauer P228 was a smaller variant of the company’s full-size service pistol, the P226, and known for its fine handling qualities and concealability. The pistol was in regular production from 1988 until 2005, and then produced intermittently and in limited quantities after that. Production ceased for good in 2013. Unlike the P226, the P228 was only produced in one caliber, 9×19mm Parabellum. The pistol was manufactured completely in Germany until 1999, but beginning in 2000 the gun’s parts were made in Germany and assembled in the US. A small number of later ones were also built with US made frames. Towards the end of production Sig even offered a version with an accessory rail. The example shown is an earlier all-German made model from 1994 when the slides were still being marked with their original “MADE IN W. GERMANY” rollmarks.

Gone Shooting – Finally

Yesterday morning I went to the shooting range for the first time in 2020. I’ve wanted to go since the first week of February, but every time I planned to it would rain or snow. Finally, yesterday, I decided I couldn’t put it off anymore. Even though it rained earlier in the morning I was there when they opened. The range wasn’t empty but it definitely had a lot less shooters than the last few times I’ve been there.

I have several guns I need to shoot but only took two. The range was still muddy and I only took a couple I could shoot at short range. I’m not so dedicated that I’ll go schlepping through the mud all morning.

The first was my HK USP .45 “house” gun. I bought an extended capacity magazine for it and wanted to see how it functioned. The magazine has a longer base plate that increases capacity from the normal 12 rounds to 17. The pistol functioned flawlessly with the new mag although I will probably test it once more before I start using it for self-defense.

The other pistol I took was my Kahr MK9. I bought this last year but couldn’t decide whether to keep or sell it. The gun functioned perfectly the last time, and again today. My only problem is that it’s so small I have trouble holding onto it. It’s extremely difficult for me to shoot fast with the flush fit magazine, although I can shoot it reasonably well with the extended mag. I keep wavering because it’s the only small 9MM I own. Even though it’s heavy the Kahr would make a great pocket pistol. I still haven’t decided on what to do with it. I might have to shoot it a third time before I can make a decision.

I had a great time at the range and hopefully can go again before too long. Like I said, I have several guns that need to be tested.

Gone Shooting

I went shooting again yesterday, maybe the last time for the year. I have two used pistols I bought last spring and needed to test shoot them. Back in April and May I bought another HK USP .45 and also a Kahr MK9 (9MM). I’m not sure I even want the Kahr but I got a good deal so it was hard to turn down.

Yesterday I was testing mostly for reliability and also a general sense of accuracy. All shooting was at 30 feet. The weather was a little cool and sunny, nearly perfect for shooting. I arrived at the range right when they opened and it was already half full.

My “new” USP functioned perfectly with 150 rounds of hollowpoint ammunition.  Accuracy seemed on par with my other one. I brought it along but only shot one magazine through it.

I fired 140 rounds through the Kahr, 40 hollowpoints and 100 round nose. There were no malfunctions. The Kahr is a very small pistol and it was difficult for me to shoot quickly, with any accuracy. Even with the extended magazine it’s hard for me to hold on to, with the flush fit mag nearly impossible. With the short mag I can only get two fingers on the grip. I will probably end up selling the Kahr, although I might shoot it again just to make sure.