Let me just say, I have been awaiting this day with baited breath for 2 weeks.
Over the past few months, I have done literally countless hours of research (and many of those on the clock ) as to which handgun would fit me best, and to which I would trust with my life. Well after a speedy tax return this year (thanks Obama...HA! not) I decided to end my suffering. Hello, PM9.
I've looked at 1000 pictures of this gun and none did justice to the beauty that was registered to my name this morning when I opened that box. As soon as she came out of that plasic bag, even covered in...whatever the factory uses as lube...she said "shoot me like you stole me." I can say I was hoping for the snub nose but one takes what one can get. So after a thorough cleaning (thanks, jocko) and an expert lube job (thanks, johnh) we were off to the range. Even after the CDC NC brake cleaner (again, thanks, jocko) the feed ramp wasnt a mirror polish, but I decided to see what she did in the break in period before polishing or modifying anything.
Beautiful day. 50 degrees, no wind, and sunny. Couple guys shooting skeet but only one person at the 20 lane range, so we're right in.
Wow. Smooth trigger, crisp break, manageable recoil, and accurate to boot. I'm going to save you what you already know about the PM9, it's an amazing little shooter. I am in love.
So that being said, I have a few smalls hurdles. The most important IMO, are FTFs, so we'll start there. Somewhere around round 35, we took a nosedive. I was interested to see what one of these looked like in person, as none of my other pistols have ever had this issue. Not pretty, but that was the only one from a 6 round clip on the day, so we'll chalk that one up to user error. About rounds 90 & 91 (or so) had consecutive nosedives in the 7 round clip on rounds 2 and 3. Again on load 120 we went down on the second round in the 7 rd clip. That sombeech is going back to the factory in exchange for another 6 rounder. Problem solved.
I did pick up a nasty little gash on the fingerprint of my thumb from the top of the magazine after loading the first 100 rounds. The top rounded part that holds in the ammo. After a few more painful and bloody mag loads, I remembered I had some electrical tape in my range bag and a quick make shift band-aid did the trick. So that point is a sharp little bugger, is it going to hurt to take a little off the top? I would rather wrap up in tape when I go to the range than cause potential issues with feeding or holding ammo. Also a little skin rubbed off on the 1st thumb knuckle from the rear of the frame, but after 225 rounds and the recoil of a sub 9mm, I'll deal.
Coming from my other 9mm, the S&W Mod 5906, expectations were high. I can honestly say it can hold its own against a 3rd gen Smith. Its almost as if I got what I paid for
I decided not to sight in the Crimson Trace today as I wanted to break her in. And even though Im only 20 minutes from the CrossBreed shop, I still have a couple weeks til that arrives. Taking my CCW class Saturday. Have a NIB set of MeProLights setting here waiting to go on but I think thats going to wait til later next week, as Monday she goes into the shop for a professional mirror polish. Yeah, goin all out on this one.
Oh and next time I'll be paying the extra 3% for using a CC online. That extra 5 days processing for EFT buh-lows.
Im usually not this long winded, but like I said this has been a long time coming. So since this is my first post, Ill be much more active. I have so many questions, but for now thanks to jocko, Wynn, johnh, gb6491, Bawanna, Tinman, TriggerMan, JFootin, BillK and anyone else Im forgetting. It is because of you all I am here today. Okay Ill shut up enjoy th pics! --SpecK