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Old 06-27-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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I described my mag issues in the other thread. SD ammo in the gun. I raided the gun safe for leftover 9mm stuff, and off I went.

A nice day, and out to my favorite Nat'l Forest place. Real 4WD only.

I have decided to use the Desantis N58 "belt pouch" on the weak side for my main carry instead of the IWB holster. It's fairly small,

8" long by 6" high by 1.5" thick. Two wide loops hold it on your belt the long way. The gun with 8-rd mag fits nicely pointed rearward,

slide up, with the grip easy to grasp after you pull the Velco tab. Extra 6-rd mag in the bottom. My cellphone in the outside "patch pocket".

I guess this makes me a "Metrosexual" ? OK, it's not a fanny pack. Or a MAN-PURSE !

It is definitely not a quick cross-draw. It took me 4-5 seconds to put the first shot on target. But, I think the benefits of easy

carry/hiding overcome the slowness. Yeah, I know, if you are always in Condition Orange you should always be prepared.

I stacked three milk crates. I stapled my printed home-made targets to a cardboard box. Cross-hairs with three concentric circles.

One, two, and three inch radius. So the outer circle is six inch diameter on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper. All done at seven yards.

And I found out I really need to practice more. I will call my shooting "center mass". All was done drawing from the pouch and

shooting as fast as I could get the sights back on target. So, 1 + 8 in the gun, reload the 6 rd mag made 15 shots each "target round".

First the 124 grain BJHP Rem "HD Ultimate Home Defense". in the gun/mag. Ugly results. 10 of 15 on the paper. Ego is deflated. Badly.

Next, left-over 115 FMJ Win White Box. 13 of 15 on the paper, 10 inside the six-inch circle. Then the last seven rds on a water-filled gallon jug.

Then three go-arounds of some 115 FMJ "Independence". 13 of 15, 14 of 15, 13 of 15. I see a pattern. The "off-paper" rounds are 1-2" below.

Last five of the 50 killed another jug. I have NO idea when I got this ammo. Probably some gun show back in my dim and dark past.

When I bought the gun at Cabela's in March, they had a special on 115 grain FMJ "MFS". It's Hungarian. "Looks" decent quality ?

So, three more go-arounds. 13/15,11/15. 13/15. Misses are "just low" again. Last 5 in the box for another jug. 7 from the next box for my last jug.

I was going to shoot three more "rounds" out of that box, but my hand and trigger finger started to say, "about enough". The rough texture on the

front and back of the grip (and on the mag extension) are good for grasping. And you notice it.

I had one problem. Not really the gun. I slapped the six-round mag in the gun. You have to do it HARD to get it to seat.

I racked the slide, and it didn't go completely forward. The top round was still inside the feed lips, but VERTICAL. I removed

the mag, and pushed the cartridge back down. The feed lips "sprung" back into place, with no evidence of permanent deformation.

This was the third six-round reload. Including the milk jugs, the 6-rounder was slapped hard to reload seven more times with no problem.

The gun was good. No problems with four different ammo brands. 144 rounds total. 120 rounds for the paper targets, 24 blowing up milk jugs.

I guess "my spring" is good to go. No failures to fire or "hammer problems". All the primer strikes look good.

It's just been promoted to my carry gun. 1+8 plus another 6-rd mag. What is not to like compared to my S&W 642 Airweight Centennial 5-rd snubby ?

Did I say I need more practice ?
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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Interesting... Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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My P290 came with the laser, however it was aimed low. When not using the laser it hit closer to point of aim. I am in the process of re-learning to focus my aim, I just had catarack surgery in both eyes. My distance vision is now 20/15 in left eye & 20/20 in the right but I need to use readin glases to read, which complicates things since I can see well distance w/o glasses but need them to see the sight well. I used a boresigter to correct the laser alightment but hjaven't been back to range yet. But I really do like the way the the Little P290 shoots. I found the it fits the custom leather IWB holster I had made for my XD-9, P250 Compact 9mm & 40 S&W but not my Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe that I use for the P250's for every day carry, The CroosBreed is by far the most comfortable holster I have every used, would really like to get a Mini-Tuck for the P290.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
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I happened to shoot my p290 yesterday and it was flawless. I shot several hundred Win. 124 gr. NATO rds. as well as Fed. 115 gr. BP, Speer 115 gr. & Corbon DPX 95 gr. My gun is a tackdriver. My best group so far has been six 95 gr. DPX into 1.5 inches at 15 yds. Since returning from the factory for the infamous "dead hammer" issue mine has been flawless with both 6 rd. mags and the 8 rd. mag as well. LOVE this gun!!
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