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Old Yesterday, 08:32 AM   #106
 
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Those grips make for a good solid hold on this little Ruger for me. The best thing I ever did was just take some good reliable range ammo and train or prcatice, practice and more practice. Good luck again with your adventure.



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Thanks, Rick. I totally agree about practice and more practice. The closest formal shooting range to me (to which I've never been) is shut down for some reason right now and their web site is quite uninformative. Even trying to learn the details of the various components of the range -- handgun vs rifle vs shotgun, and their fees -- is not available. I'll have to call them for details.

I can shoot a bit in the swamp across the highway, on the edge of hundreds of undeveloped woodland and swamps. But I don't want to overdo it there with too many shots. There are houses back behind me when I'm shooting, even if half mile away through woods, and in this state, shots are fairly common, more so in hunting season.

But once the weather turns and my finances improve a bit more, I plan to spend time at the real range and put a lot of bullets down range.

Fortunately, this EC9s is similar enough -- virtually identical as you know -- to my former LC9 that I then replaced with my LC9s. I put enough rounds through both of those that I feel comfortable with this one. BUT, I will continue training with it as time and money allow, for sure.
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I just changed my avatar from a stock Ruger photo of an EC9s to mine with the new grip sleeve.
Looks really great, grr... the color contrast is really nice, but the Pachmyr sleeve over a "DeWalt Yellow" frame will look great too, so I just have to resist the urge to get a colored hogue until then.

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I haven't found a photo hosting service that I like yet, so cannot post other photos yet. Perhaps once my shoulder holster arrives.
IMGBB.COM is what I use since my old image server shut down. It's free and very simple to use, and you can organize your images into galleries (or lump them all together like I do).

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When they are available from Midway, the ARX is less than $12/box of 20 plus shipping. If it works well in this pistol -- Hornet, I call it -- I'll probably stock up once it becomes available again.
Two things: First, even though it is what you should not do, I was planning to shoot very little of the XD, just loading my EDC with it for now, so I was less concerned about the per box cost (as it will be a one time cost for now). That said, the reviews on the ARX are themselves quite favorable... hmm.

Secondly, the fact that you have named your gun makes me quite happy. I was going to christen mine "The Forlorn Hope", possibly even have it engraved,
though in light of the planned color scheme, I am now STRONGLY leaning towards "Yellow Jacket"


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Kat, the club my be closed because of the C19 going around. I know that the two clubs around here are closed because of it.
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Gladius, thanks for the link to the image host. I went there seeking information, but I find none. I'd like to know more about interfaces, etc. So I'm going to search it and look for reviews.

I like the name "Yellow Jacket", also because of the color scheme. That's catchy.

And yes, I do name my guns. I haven't always done so, but in recent years, I've taken to doing it. I don't take it too seriously, but guns are important tools, and for some reason, naming them helps me respect them more, do better maintenance, etc. My 10-22's name is Gotham.

NCD, your hypothesis about the club closing isn't far off. Their web site states now that a gun show they were sponsoring in a town pretty far south of here is now canceled because Covid is here now (though far, far fewer cases than elsewhere).

I called the instructor of the club today, because I'm interested in joining and in taking their personal defense course in May; it's not basics, which I've had, but more on SD. He said that for now, the club itself -- which is truly in the boonies NW of my small town -- is closed due to the fact that mud season has started here, and the roads into the club off of the secondary road are not paved.

In the winter, they close because no one plows those roads (and snow can get pretty deep), and even if they do, most people don't want to trudge out to the targets at 100 - 400 yds in the snow. But as snow melts -- as has started now; there's only about 6" left on the ground, even though we got a heavy new dusting today -- the soil underneath turns to mud. The soils here are mostly glacial til left over from the ice ages -- sandy, muddy, a bit of gravel. It's very easy to bury even a 4X. He said they often don't open the ranges until May 1.

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Probably too late to be of help to current users, but I used a very long shanked flat tip screwdriver to lever on the Hogue Handall. Worked well for me.

I own a LC9, LC380 and LC9s Pro. so have some practice.
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I own a LC9, LC380 and LC9s Pro. so have some practice.
Did you ever try the poor forlorn Pachmyr Grip Sleeve? It is quite nice too.
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Did you ever try the poor forlorn Pachmyr Grip Sleeve? It is quite nice too.
I tried it for a short while. I took it off because I did not like the feel of it against my skin IWB and I didn't like the added drag in a pocket. Mine also would shift around when firing. Not a lot but enough that I would have to rotate it after a range session.
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Probably too late to be of help to current users, but I used a very long shanked flat tip screwdriver to lever on the Hogue Handall. Worked well for me.
That's a fantastic idea. Why didn't I think of it?! I looked around on my (very large) work table for anything I could use for leverage, but never considered this. I should have looked in my tool kit.

Hopefully your idea can help future strugglers.
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How do you not gouge the grip frame while leveraging?
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How do you not gouge the grip frame while leveraging?
Good and relevant question. I didn't use it, but if I did, I'd probably wrap the end of the driver in something soft. Maybe duct tape?
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Painting my sights

As Covid raged this afternoon, with attendant bad economic news, (after learning that my local grocery actually has empty shelves), I decided to continue my experiment painting the sights on my EC9s. It started a few days ago using a "paint marker" (this one is by CH Hanson; picked it up a year ago at my local hardware). Color: a deep but bright red.

I started by coating the front post (used blue tape to protect the slide under it), then the top tips of the rear U. The pattern was far better than all black -- keying on the red helped get sighted much faster. But the red tips on the rear weren't enough. Not close enough to a ghost ring for my taste.

Today, I put another coat on the front post -- and I'm getting more bold: no tape! -- but then coated the entire U of the rear sight, from the tips right down to the base.

For me, it changes the entire game of sighting with fixed sights. Changing black to bright red shows up again a target of any color but red. The way I bring my pistol up ensures the front sight is "on top" and comes quickly down to the rear while lining up. With this new color differential, it happens in less than a sec. I'm amazed.

And the rear is more open than a ghost ring. Just pull that front post down into the U.

I'm also practicing grips with both hands, and simultaneously doing grip exercising. The frame doesn't compress under grip -- which is like an isometric exercise -- but the sleeves have about 0.5 mm give. It's not a marathon, but feels good to my finger and lower arm muscles, which are too often stuck to a keyboard.

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I completely blacked out my rear sight and painted the front sight white. The white shows up well in low light and I find the black rear faster than 3 dot.
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I think that's it.
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