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Monday, January 26, 2015

Shooting range session with the S&W Model 638-1 Bodyguard

The subject range session is from back in late December following my purchase of an older S&W Model 638-1 Airweight; this blog entry was written back then and I am just now penning the final edits.  When it comes to speed, I tend to be a glacial old dude.

On a related note, I have burned through a few boxes of the rare and expensive Federal 125 Grain NON+P Nyclad Hollowpoints while practicing with my carry airweight snubbie revolvers.  I am leaning toward using the plentiful Winchester Q4171 130 Grain FMJ Ball as a surrogate range load; IMHO Q4171 is close enough on muzzle velocity and felt recoil to the P38M to serve as a passable practice load.  Opinions on this are welcome.

The intent of this session was to lob 5-rounds into each of 6-targets, with 2-targets each set at distances of 15-feet, 21-feet, and 30-feet.   The red section of the targets are 6'' across, while the numbered scoring areas are 10'' across; for my use, anything outside of the 6-ring scores as a miss.

I only fired 5-rounds using the Crimson Trace Laser.  The first three rounds were very darn nice but I then lost my mental focus and flinch-fired 2-rounds low, both of which obviously scored as misses.  Subsequent to that less-than-stellar display of marksmanship,  I decided to shut the laser off and shoot the balance of the session (25 more rounds) using the revolver's fixed sights.  Sometime during year 2015 I'll blog a session (or more) dedicated to familiarizing myself with the Crimson Trace 405 laser sight currently on this revolver; to my eyes and fading braincells there is a big difference between "front sight focus" and "red dot focus."

Let's be clear on a couple of things, the gun shoots fine, and the Crimson Trace laser sight works fine;  I'm the one with the adjustment issues.

The arrow points to my third miss of the session (I failed to highlight that on the paper target with my trusty blue-marker).

All in all, this was not a bad session for me.  I got to try out my new-to-me revolver, the targets provided good feedback on the fundamentals that need my attention, gun safety was foremost, and I had a good time without the risk of venereal diseases.

1 comment:


Good Shooting! I'll note that ALL of the fliers
or so-called misses would have resulted in
debilitating and incapacitating wounds on an
attacker, so you're just a dandy pistolsmith,
my friend!