I did some shooting yesterday with the Pro Carry II, and while it wasn’t a great practice session by any means, I was able to come away with some useful data about the gun itself. I’ve mentioned that the gun feels tremendously oversprung, and when reviewing slow motion video of some shooting I see that the slide is actually traveling forward and hitting cases at times causing them to fly forward of the gun. One of the other side effects of being oversprung is how easy it is to induce a failure.
In the video above, I cause a failure to eject by doing nothing more than pressing my support thumb somewhat firmly into the slide when I fire. You can see that the slide does move back, but the combined weight of the spring and the pressure from my thumb is too much for the gas in a 9mm to overcome, and the result is a stoppage. Now I’m not counting that stoppage against the gun, because that would be silly, rather I wanted a way to illustrate how something as simple as thumb placement can affect your gun’s ability to do its job.
After yesterday’s abbreviated range session of 150 rounds, during which the Kimber did encounter a legitimate stoppage, bringing the current total to 421 rounds and 4 stoppages. The current score is 86/100, with the possibility to regain five points if the gun successfully passes a re-test of the 10-8 Performance test after it gets through Kimber’s manufacturer specified break-in period.