Archive for December 23, 2009

warming my xd

Posted in weapons with tags , , on December 23, 2009 by Word-Drum

I went out in the snow to try out my new LaserLyte Rear Sight Laser for my XD.

Even with all the hot air coming out of Copenhagen, Washington and Hollywood, the ice is barely melting here in sunny Arizona.

I had to shoot in the shade of a tree to see the laser. It works well but I think I need to have my sights aligned. I wasn’t sure if it was my aim that the rounds tended to fall low and to the right. With the laser I can always put it close to where I aim. I will take up the offer from the gun shop to sight it for me. I spent over $300 there, also purchasing a ProMag 20 round magazine.

Unfortunately my pistol misfired several times. That never happened before. It could have been the ammo. I started shooting with Winchester and had no problems using the new 20 round mag and my 16 round mag. Then I loaded some Federal (from Walmart) and I started getting jams, and when the mag emptied the slide didn’t open.

This is strange because I’ve shot nearly 500 rounds of Federal ammo with only one or two times when I pulled the trigger, nothing happened.

I cleaned off the nasty carbon emissions in the pistol, and will try again when the weather clears (unless the liberals stop the warming). Then I will write further on the laser and it’s awesomeness.
Update: 1/4/10

Went to my spot in the mountains today. The laser works great. I don’t have to aim at all. I can shoot even more accurate from the low ready position.

Without the laser my handling of the pistol is getting better. I was either gripping too tight or using too much finger. I’m feelin’ it and ready for action.

I experimented with ammo and again found that the 20 round mag does not work well with the cheap stuff. It works alright in the 16 round mag that comes with the XD. I’ll use it up for target practice and stick with the better stuff (my carry load is Magtech since it was the most expensive).

It was good experience dealing with jams. It’s not a big deal. Putting a little extra oil in the winter time seemed the right thing to do. The cold making it evaporate faster.

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