Collect older handguns from Colt and S&W primarily
Yesterday I went to the range and took along my 1923 vintage Colt Army Special. I had a box of Federal American Eagle .38 Special loads with a 158 gr. RNL bullet, standard velocity. I also had a few rounds of old Western Super-X .38 Special High Speed with 150 gr. RN Lubaloy coated bullets. I put up some Shoot-N-C bulls-eye targets at 10 yards and fired single-action, off a bench, using my shooting bag as a rest. Point of aim was the orange dot in the target center. The first 5-shot group with American Eagle cartridges measured 0.95" per my Lyman dial calipers. I then shot a 5-shot group using the Super-X loads and 4 shots went a cluster measuring 0.62" the #4 shot opened up the group to 1.73." Next I shot 15 rounds double-action, standing, with a two-handed hold, using the Federal stuff and kept all my shots inside the 10-ring. I had installed an old Mershon grip adapter on the Colt and it felt good in my hand. The sights were shooting a little left of center, but overall, I was very pleased with its performance. I look forward to many range sessions in the future!
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