I shot the Steel Match at Marion County Fish and Game this weekend with my ParaUSA Gun Blog 9mm. I had been practicing reloads for a good chunk of the week, since I hadn’t been shooting in a while, and also because hitting the magazine well on a single stack 1911 isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do at speed. The short version of the story is that I felt like my reloads were pretty snappy, especially on the stage where you had three big steel gongs at about 11 yards, and you had to shoot each gong six times with a mandatory reload inbetween – a minimum of 18 rounds and two reloads. I had to shoot 19 rounds because I missed on on the last gong, but I got them all out and the reloads in about 12 seconds…so like I said, I felt good about my reloads.
Yesterday, I was doing reloads with the Para 16-40 Limited for practice, and let me tell you – after a week of reloading that single stack 9mm and shooting it in competition, trying to hit that big ol’ doublestack magazine well on the .40 is like trying to hit the Grand Canyon with a rock. Which is to say – pretty easy.
And that brings me around to Cool Thing I found today on Wilson Combat: a magazine funnel that attaches using the grip screws and requires no modification to the pistol. I suppose “found” is the wrong word, since I read about it in Bill Wilson’s book, and was interested to see if it was an item they still catalouged. I’m happy to see that they do.