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Old 02-06-2020, 02:30 PM
Harrish Harrish is offline
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Snuck out to the Range: Clapp BlackHawk, WC Carry Comp, DW Specialist, STI Staccato P

I have had a VERY Stressful 3 three weeks at work, well life in general, and I had to clear my head. I grabbed four pistols from my office safe, filled my ever growing range bag with ammo, and headed off to the range!

I'm working on article that examines recoil along more than one dimension. Instead of just looking at the force of recoil; the usual Gun X has mild recoil while Gun Y has strong recoil, I'm also looking at the speed at which the recoil event takes place. Some of the guns I shot today and some of the drills I did are part of my research for this particular article; which will continue over a number of future range visits.

The first gun I shot today, however, had nothing to do with this research. When I was at SHOT Show a few weeks back there was only one gun that really caught my attention and said to me "Log onto Gunbroker and buy me today!" So I did! You would think the strange part about this is the talking gun, but even stranger was the fact that this talking gun was a Single Action Revolver?!?!?! I have literally shot a total of 5 or 6 cylinders of ammo through a Single Action Only Revolver in my entire 51 years. But this was no ordinary Single Action Revolver; it was the new Ruger Wiley Clapp BlackHawk with a non-traditional 4" barrel, matte black finish, XS Big Dot Sights, and 45LC and 45ACP cylinders. It also goes by the name The ClappHawk.

My New Ruger Wiley Clapp BlackHawk with a Non-traditional 4" Barrel and Finish

Today was the first time I shot this Tactical Single Action Revolver. This gun is so much damn fun to shoot, it was very hard to put it away after running over 70 rounds of 45ACP through it. I felt like a kid with a new toy who could not wipe the smile off his face every time I cocked the hammer and let it drop! This thing is also very easy for me to shoot accurately! Looks at these groups!

First Cylinder Fired

As I was wrapping up my session with the ClappHawk, I decided to send the target to the end of the range and see if I could hit it. I was EXTREMELY impressed with the results...

A few months back I was doing some Steel Shooting with my buddy and I shot his STI DVC L 9mm 2011. I fell in love with the STI's fast action, mild recoil and endless capacity! So I bought one. This piqued my curiosity about STI's current 2011 tactical offerings. About a month ago I took a chance and picked up a Staccato P 9mm hoping it would have the same mild recoil and fast slide action. Much to my joy, it did! Not only is the recoil on the Staccato P so mild, the recoil event happens very quickly, meaning the slide cycles faster then my typical 1911 9mm pistols and is back on target very quickly ready for the next shot.

My First STI Staccato P

I was so impressed with the Staccato P, I felt compelled to grab another one last week before then ran out! STI just revamped their entire lineup and changed the Staccato P in ways that I don't care for; I don't like the sights, slide, dustcover, rail, hammer, and grip safety. STI also removed features like the magwell, and the DLC coated barrel. Personally think the Gen1 Staccato P is the better gun when compared to the Gen2. I had put over 1000 rounds through my first Staccato P in the first few weeks I had it. It was no time to take out Staccato P #2 and see if it is of the same quality. Indeed it is!

My Pair of STI Staccato Ps (Gen1) in 9mm

Typical Groups inside 10 yards with the Staccato P Gen1

Where the Staccato really shines, because of its fast action and mild recoil, is rapid-fire drills. It is absolutely effortless to print the kind of double taps pictured below. The gun just doesn't really come off target very much at all in between shots. I simply cannot wait to try this gun out at a USPSA Match!

Double Taps with the Staccato P

Last edited by Harrish; 02-07-2020 at 08:11 AM.
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