|03-25-2003, 04:56 AM||#1|
S&W Model 66-5, S&W Model 296, FN49, and Custom Kahr
I went to the new improved dungeon after work yesterday. I had: my latest purchase a S&W Model 66-5, my S&W Model 296, my FN49, and, “the Frog” my Kahr E9 that was redone by Marianne Carniak. This is also the order I shot them in; all shooting was done at 10 yards from a modified Weaver position.
The Model 66-5 has a strange flaw in the barrel. It has a gouge out of the bottom of an otherwise perfect barrel. This is located about 1 ½ inches from the end of the barrel. I already called the shop that I purchased the 66-5 from and they agreed to replace the barrel if it didn’t shoot well. Guess what? In double action mode it shot everything into the size of an orange at 10 yards. Except for this flaw this is one fine handgun with a great trigger pull.
I am starting to name my handguns that leave a lasting impression on me. The Model 296 is here by dubbed “Thumper.” Why? I had a trigger job done and bought it a set of Farrar grips; my tolerance level is now 20 rounds fired instead of 15 rounds prior to these alterations. This revolver is a bruiser to me and I am not a recoil wienie. I showed my guns to one of the employees. His response was why did you buy that thing, Richard? He has a 3” Model 624 and he said it has all the recoil he wants to experience. The pistol grouped well but the groups were about two inches to the left of the bull.
Nothing new with the FN49 40 S&W. It just keeps rolling along. I don’t like the trigger and therefore I can’t get it to group really well. It shoots groups tat aren’t tightly clustered but are good enough for a car gun.
Lastly, I shot my Kahr E9. The E9 had all sharp edges removed, the front strap checkered, Novak sights with a Trijicon front sight, hard chrome by Checkmate, and checkered Hogue grips. This little pistol was a joy to shoot after Thumper. There is very little recoil and it groups very well. The above-mentioned employee watched me shoot the Frog and he was very impressed. There were some break in problems with the Frog when I first got it back from Marianne Carniak but they have all gone away with periods of extensive shooting. This is one fine pistol.
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