Archive for March, 2016

One big thing that has changed in the last year is my daily carry gun. A student came to class last February with a Walther PPQ M1. Curious I asked if I could run a few rounds through the gun. He handed me six rounds and I proceeded to punch all six into a below average size group for me all dead center of the desired target. From that moment on I was hooked.

The Walther PPQ M2 has, in my opinion, the best factory trigger for a striker fired handgun on the market at the time of this writing. I have found it to be more accurate out to 25 yards than my earlier carry gun, the Glock 19. Looking at reliability I have had 2 failures to eject out of roughly 5000 rounds and both I believe were due to ammo.

The one downfall I have found is that I had to adjust my grip slightly to keep my thumb away from riding on the slide release keeping the slide from locking back on an empty mag. By simply moving the position of my thumb I have solved it issue. After many repetitions it is now second nature.

The PPQ had very little I wanted to change from the factory. The only upgrade I have made is removing the factory 3 dot sights to a set of Trijicon HDs.

As I said I feel this is the most accurate handgun I have carried and the standard I compare with is the Dot Torture drill. This week I shot a personal best beating my previous score of 47/50 with a 48/50.

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It will take something drastic to make me move away from the PPQ. I am working on a little project that I think might actually pair with the amazing trigger but it will take some time for me to shake it all out. More to come on that.

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I know I have been absent for quite awhile but I wanted try to start a little thing that will make me get more content out for folks. I want to start Dot Torture Wednesday and post a new dot torture drill with (hopefully) a different gun every post. The targets can be found at a great website called Pistol-Training.com.

 

Here is our first submission for Dot Torture Wednesday.
Diamondback DB380ex

Caliber: .380 ACP
Length: 5.26”
Height: 3.75”
Width: .750“”
Barrel Length: 2.80”
Distance Between Sights: 4”
Weight (unloaded): 8.8 oz
Trigger Pull: ≈5.5#
Magazine Capacity: 6+1 Rds
Ammo – Blazer Brass
Took me a min to get used to the 6 o’clock hold it was requiring at first. If you notice the number one target is all high. The further into the 50 rounds it seemed to even out. I’m not sure if that was me adjusting to the gun or the barrel starting to shoot in? I had a first round jam and experienced no other problems or malfunctions after that. Recoil is what you would expect from a micro compact. Think of it as comparable to a Ruger LCP but I was bleeding by stage 5.  I didn’t have a holster to fit so I had to modify the stages slightly so instead of coming from a draw I came from a high compressed ready position. Also since the gun only came with a single mag I had to load one into the gun fire then reload from the mag that was on my belt. One thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t lock back on an empty mag. Trigger is typical for a double action again comparable to the Ruger. The EX denomination stands for EXO finished slide similar to what Glock did a number of years back on certain models.

Distance – 5 yards
45/50 score

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If you have any questions on this gun or suggestions on guns you would like to see shot let me know. if you have ideas for articles you would like to see me cover post them up into the comment section or on the Facebook page.

 

Thanks for sticking around,

BS