So because Keads built a new AR, and because Tam took hers out to shoot, I decided that I'd take mine out to the range and burn off some of the last of the miserable frangible rounds that I'd been blessed with for the recent Ron Avery/Keith Garcia class.
I set up on the 400M line at our range and fired for effect at the steel target down by the berm, but alas, with the frangible stuff, you get no "CLANG!" feedback like you do with regular ammo; the projectile just disintegrates on impact, and all you can do it watch the area around the target. If you see a dust cloud from the berm, it means "miss", and if you see no dust, that's probably a hit on the steel.
I hit for the most part, thanks to Saint ACOG, but I had just enough misses to confirm my theory about the dust clouds down range. I'll be glad when this ammo's gone as it was mis-feeding even here on the static range once the rifle got hot.
After playing here for a bit, I went over to the pistol line to try out my newest acquisition.
"Hey, (name redacted to avoid embarrassing them) has slightly used M&P 40s for $299. You need to get one quick!"
"But I don't need another .40," I told him. "And besides, I'm broke and about to go on vacation."
"But all the cool kids have these," he insisted. "You're like the only one who doesn't. Besides, that's why we have credit cards."
And so because I'm a shameless lemming when it comes to buying guns, I ordered one of these from (name redacted to avoid embarrassing them), only to have them ship it to the wrong customer, some dealer out in New Mexico. Now I do like this wholesaler, and this is the first time I've ever had a problem with them, so I'm willing to accept that mistakes happen just so long as they make it right, which they did. Of course by that time, I was gone on my trip, and when I came back, the dealer that I ordered it through had fallen out with the staff at the range where he did business and was now barred from the property, causing me even more hassle and delay before I finally got this pistol in my hands. But it was worth it, because what came was a pistol that was so lightly used as to be virtually unfired. There was no wear on the feed ramp or the barrel's finish, and the mainspring still had plenty of the blue grease that you typically see only from the factory. An oily cleaning patch run through the barrel came out almost spotless, so I'm figuring that this "used" pistol was never actually issued to anyone, or if it was, it wasn't carried or shot. There's not a mark on the exterior anywhere, either, although it is old enough that it's night sights are about done.
All said and done, I'm happy.