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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cold Dead Hands, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Take it easy on me! Wanted to learn to shoot so did some research and JUST bought a SA XD 9mm Service model. Haven't even shot yet cause I can't find ammo! :-( What should I break my piece in with? Thanks!
     
  2. Horses are delicious

    Horses are delicious Willamette Valley Active Member

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    115 gr. round nose cheepos for practice, lots and lots of practice. Something like a 147 gr Winchester "Personal Defense" for later practice with a self defense load then Hornady Critical Duty for concealed carry. You will feel a difference in recoil between the two weights and your point of impact will be a little different, too. Practice safety, then accuracy. Shoot all you can afford to and as often as you can. Enjoy the XD. I love my .40 S&W.
     
  3. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Thank you! Plan to sign up for some classes: Safety; Pistol Shooting and Home Defense. Really glad I found this site. Seems like a great place to learn and stay informed.
     
  4. EOD

    EOD E. WA Member

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    Welcome!
     
  5. Sourdough

    Sourdough So. Oregon New Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Ditto what Horses said, safety and practice till the tin cans in Seattle tremble at your name! My wife carries an XD9 and loves it. Seems to function well with just about any ammo we throw at it. 115gr copper round nose is cheap and great for practice. I don't think she's ever had a misfeed in well over 500 rounds down the pipe.
     
  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Welcome to the site! Practice with whatever ammo you can find/ afford to shoot! These are evil times for cheap ammo.

    PS: An especial welcome, now that I find that you are a woman! IMHO the more females into shooting the better off we all are. I buy SnapCaps at gun shows as individual units from bins. Might check it out. Sorry about your husbands hands, I have issues with mine also. Hurt like Hades sometimes! SRG
     
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    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Ha! My name? Just remembered Heston's comment. A little dramatic, I guess! I appreciate any and all guidance. Thanks, all!
     
  8. Clarkie46

    Clarkie46 Near Portland, OR Member

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    Almost as new as you, guy. Have had my gun for about a month and been to a range only once to shoot it. But on the affordability (and availability!) of ammo here's an alternative a neighbor suggested. I bought a Laserlyte insert for the barrel of my gun that responds to the sound of the hammer of your gun as you dry fire (I use snap caps). The sound triggers a laser light "shot" that shows where you would have hit. That helps you work on your aim, but also helps "train" your muscles to keep on target instead of unconsciously adjusting for recoil. It's an expensive little doo-hickey (about $80) but at today's ammo prices you won't get much practice with live ammo for that amount. In my case, by the time I got to the range I had already "practiced" enough to have a sense of how to sight the target. It also lets me experiment with how the strength and position of my grip influences the shot. Just passing on a suggestion that has helped me.
     
  9. Cold Dead Hands

    Cold Dead Hands Seattle area New Member

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    Clarke46 - I really appreciate the suggestion. I was just getting back on the site because I can't find any ammo! Snap caps - I have only been able to find them in a 5 pk. Is that the way they usually are sold? I like the idea of laser target practice... don't seem to have any other options. Lastly, I'm a SHE-shooter :). My hubby can't shoot because of hand injuries. And frankly, I am just pissed off about what's going on in this country and I will stand and be heard.
     
  10. Clarkie46

    Clarkie46 Near Portland, OR Member

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    Ooops! Sorry, ma'am. I shouldn't have assumed your gender. Is it okay if I say, "You go, girl!"? As for snap caps, you might find a larger package by shopping Amazon, but I didn't see too many options when I looked. Obviously, it depends on the caliber you're after and I was after .357. Spendy little critters!