Just got back from a long weekend, got to have some range time with my brother and try some new toys.
Got to fire his Springfield XD-45. Trigger is a bit mushy but a good shooter, just as controllable as my SIG Pro. Really makes me want to go for the XDm 3.8 I considered a while ago.
He got a job as armed security and was issued a S&W 64-5. It's a boat anchor, standard rounds in this are barely harder than .22 though the trigger is really heavy. Magtech .38 ammo is D-I-R-T-Y. I was the only one who fired anything out of that revolver since it was last cleaned, and only 6 rounds. I swear I cleaned way more carbon off that revolver than I did from my SIG after 75 rounds of 9mm.
Had my first experience with a Mosin Nagant M91/30 and he hadn't fired it yet. The recoil with surplus ammo wasn't nearly as bad as people were making it out to be...though something in the ejection assembly is broken. The casing would just get stuck on the extractor so I didn't fire more than 10 rounds.
That wasn't the worst though...my brother developed a high-pressure loading for .35 Remington he wants to use for hunting hogs (in one hit) in his Marlin 336C. He claims 1/2" groups at 100yd...I believe it. There was a sheet of paper at the 100 yard line and every shot he put was in the area. But man, the thing hits with the force of a small cannon. I fired only two rounds and it knocked me out of the scope relief so much I couldn't see where it hit. I didn't have that much trouble with the standard rounds when I shot it the first time.
My brother and his wife are really impressed with my SP2022, though. When I first got it his reaction was "You got THAT? WHY?" When he finally shot it he loved it so much he was trying to trade his XD for it.