In my post on my misbehaving pistol, I stated that I wanted to put 200 trouble-free rounds through the Nano before I carried it again. I took a shooting trip with Mrs. ShootBetter a couple of weeks ago and ran about 100 rounds of that through. I finished out the rest of it yesterday, with some drills.

I started out with some draw and shoot one drills at 7 yards. I forgot to grab my time off the shot timer for the first shot. Here are the others:

  • 2.96 miss low
  • 3.13
  • 2.74
  • 2.80
  • 2.89

When the Mrs. and I were shooting a few weeks ago, I was messing around with a little instinctive shooting and I seemed to be doing well, but the target was too shot up to really tell. I decided that I’d do a little experiment and see if I could hit as well shooting instinctively as I can with the sights. Here’s how I did with draw and shoot one:

  • (time not recorded) miss
  • 2.41
  • 2.38 wide miss
  • 2.43 miss
  • 2.38
  • 1.98 wide miss
Draw and shoot one: 11 shots

Draw and shoot one: 11 shots

I went back to using the sights:

  • 2.35
  • 2.40
  • 2.37
  • 3.03
  • 3.22 miss
Draw-and-shoot-one: additional five

Draw-and-shoot-one: additional five

Then I switched to Bill Drills.

Bill Drill string 1: 6/6 in 6.14 seconds

Bill Drill string 1: 6/6 in 6.14 seconds

Bill Drill string 2: 5/6 in 5.85 seconds

Bill Drill string 2: 5/6 in 5.85 seconds

Bill Drill string 3: 4/6 in 5.61 seconds

Bill Drill string 3: 4/6 in 5.61 seconds

Bill Drill string 4: 4/5 in 4.12 (point shooting)

Bill Drill string 4: 4/5 in 4.12 (point shooting)–Who loads these magazines?

Bill Drill string 5: 3/6 in 5.20 seconds (point shooting)

Bill Drill string 5: 3/6 in 5.20 seconds (point shooting). I got the magazine loaded to six this time, but I think the shot timer picked up a shot from the guy next to me after I was done.

Bill Drill string 6: 4/6 in 6.30 seconds

Bill Drill string 6: 4/6 in 6.30 seconds (back to using the sights)

I shot six shots for a group at 21 feet:

Group of six at 7 yards

Group of six at 7 yards. This was probably about a 4″ group.

Then I ran two rounds of head shots at 15 yards:

Head shots string 1: 5/6

Head shots string 1: 5/6

Head shots string 2: 6/6

Head shots string 2: 6/6

I think my second headshot group is the best I’ve ever shot the Nano for head shots at 15 yards.

Then I fooled around some more to burn some more ammo and I was done.

Technique

Well, the verdict is in, and I can’t shoot as well without my sights as I can with them. On draw-and-shoot-one, I was 9-for-11 using my sights, and 2-for-6 without them. And qualitatively, my misses with my sights were near misses, whereas some of my point shooting misses were just clean misses.

On the Bill Drill, I was 19-for-24 with my sights, and 7-for-11 without them. Overall, that’s an 80% hit rate with my sights, and a ~53% hit rate without them. I’m definitely faster point shooting, but you can’t miss fast enough to win.

My main goal was to figure out whether I stink as badly point shooting as I do using my sights. If the results were comparable, I might’ve seen if I could improve my point shooting faster than my sighted shooting. Since that’s not the case, I’ll focus on using my sights.

Hardware

The outcome was that the Nano performed flawlessly for the 200 round re-test period. I think I need to just be more aggressive about keeping it clean. It’s back on my hip.

In the meantime, my Ruger LCR did service as my EDC piece, riding in either my cargo pocket or my back pocket. I found it slightly easier to pocket carry than the Nano. Overall it feels thinner than the Nano, though the width of the cylinder is definitely thicker than the widest spot on the Nano and can be a bit of a literal pain in the butt. The stock rubber grips slow down my draw some, also. It’s probably just a couple of ounces lighter than the Nano, partly because it has two fewer 9mm cartridges on board, but it feels lighter. Two moon clips of 9mm (10 rounds total) carry better in my cargo pocket than one 8-round magazine for the Nano. This is mostly because a magazine is a solid brick, whereas the moon clips can float in the pocket and bend around my leg. Anyway, it was nice to have the LCR handy, and I didn’t feel under-gunned with it. But I’m glad to be back to the Nano.

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