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Old April 3rd, 2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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A very accurate pistol

My friend and good shooting buddy died about a year and a half ago. The week before, he and I went shooting on the Sonora Desert. We used target stands we made from PVC pipes and set them at five yard intervals.

It was an enjoyable day, clear, blue skies and warm, not hot; and Fred and I swapped lies as we usually did.

Fred brought an Ed Brown 1911 and a S&W 686. He was very good with both the pistol and the revolver on targets spaced 5, 10 and 25 yards apart. His training in both Cleveland, OH and Surprise, AZ as a policeman was evident as his patterns on every target regardless of distance, were excellent. I was always impressed with Fred's skills as many of the other LEO's I had known were not that expert with their sidearms.

I brought one of my two Shield 9 pistols. Unlike Fred, I concentrated on only five and ten yard targets. My trying to shoot at other than defensive distances was simply a waste of time.

Fred was much faster than me during rapid drills. He was also more accurate. Nevertheless, I was pleased the my pistol functioned without failure and the patterns of my hits were acceptable and I believe would be lethal.

I loaded only Freedom new XTP ammunition. During the rapid drills, I shot 124gr and for the slow sight focus drills I used 115gr rounds.

If I can get two of my targets to display, the face target was sight shooting at 10 yards and the five yard round target was my double and triple tap shooting.

If I had Fred’s targets, I would proudly display them. The man was a gentleman, outstanding public servant, wonderful friend and a damn good shooter!

I guess that the purpose of this thread is to honor my friend and at the same show the great accuracy of my fine Shield 9.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 10:29 AM   #2
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You succeeded in both purposes. Sounds like someone I'd have in my home and pour a scotch for.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 01:22 PM   #3
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My condolences on the passing of your friend. A real friend is truly a gift.

As far as the accuracy of Shield, I too was impressed. I recently shot mine for the first time and was very pleased with its performance out of the box with nothing more than a cleaning. I expect it to improve as the trigger smooths out and I become more proficient with it.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 04:43 PM   #4
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You have done a very nice job of remembering and honoring your friend. We should all be so lucky to have such a good friend in our lives. RIP Fred, you are remembered.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 01:10 AM   #5
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I thank you for your kind responses.

Stay well and good shooting!
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