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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

My first shooting range session for year 2020 was Monday 01/06/2020 at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Il; I have long needed to proof-test some 12-round factory mags for my Glock 26

(3 very thin wire-ties strung together serve as an empty-chamber flag)
Glock makes 12-round mags for the G26; I have accumulated 7 of them but (until now) never got around to doing live fire with any of them. Initially, it is a pain in the ass to get the full amount of ammo into these mags; patience is required; load as many rounds as the mag will take and let it sit for a while (days / weeks / whatever) then strip the rounds from the mag and reload; repeat as needed.  The spring on these mags requires some exercise before taking the full dozen. I found that a mag-loader is not requisite but it does help.


The G26 original flat bottom 10-round mag is on the right.  The middle mag is an original but with an after-market "pinky finger" extension.  The mag on the left is the factory Glock 26 12-round mag; it is designed to give a bit more of a grip to the shooter as well as offering a couple of extra rounds.


I haven't been shooting since September 9th of last year (just under 4 months ago) so I was looking forward to some trigger time to shake some of the mental and physical cobwebs loose. Nothing fancy was attempted; just a typical strong side reasonable facsimile of a Modified Weaver stance.  Each of the 6 targets on the above sheet received the contents of a single preloaded magazine (12-rounds).

The top pair of targets were fired at 15-feet (5-yards) (4.57-meters).
The middle pair of targets were fired at 21-feet (7-yards) (6.40-meters).
The bottom pair of targets were fired at 30-feet (10-yards) (9.14-meters).

The targets on the left were fired cross-dominant (right handed using my better left eye).
The targets on the right were fired using my natural dominance (right handed but with my less acute right eye).

The targets are 10'' across the outer red edge to edge.
........................  8.5'' across the outer white edge to edge.
......................... 7.5'' across the blue edge to edge.
......................... 1.5'' across the white center 10-ring.
......................... 0.75'' across the dead center X-ring for the true Zen Masters of Blasters among us.


Well, that was fun enough and I still had 1 full mag and 1 target left.  Sooooo I decided to proof a pair of the now empty mags with 12-rounds each of some hollow point personal defense ammo.


I rolled the final target out to 36-feet (12-yards) (10.97-meters) and attempted 12-rounds to the head with the final mag of ball ammo; I missed the noggin 3 times and neck-shot the target with the balance of that magazine; not a very good showing.  I decided it was a higher percentage option for me at this distance to attempt to center punch the target with the 24-rounds of +P+ ammo.  

108 rounds of ammo were fired during this range session.
7 x 12-round mags of 115gr (NON+P) Aguila FMJ
2 x 12-round mags of my G26 carry load, Federal's erstwhile 115gr 9BPLE +P+ hollow points

All of the mags passed.

I reloaded the 2 magazines that I also proofed with the hollow points; each with 12-rounds of the 9BPLE; one of them is to reside inside the pistol (after the requisite post range time cleaning) and the other is to be the concealed carry reload.  

It was great to be back at the range but my arthritic right hand has returned to constant aching.

Hat tip to 5 Star Firearms of Zion, Illinois.  Thanks for being there for us. 



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