Range Report: Glock 44, Glock 19 MOS and Charter Arms Professional – Update

I wanted to provide a few quick updates based on a range trip I was able to sneak in…

The Glock 19 topped with a Vortex Venom Red Dot optic and TRUGLO Tritium Pro Night Sights has bene very reliable so far. Based on this range trip the sights and the optic are dead on.

Five rounds, 10 yards with iron sights

The groupings with both the irons (as seen above) and the red dot were very good (for me). With the reliability question out of the way (really? it’s a Glock, was that ever really a question?) and the backup irons in place and dead on the new G19 will now go into my bedside safe and pick up primary home defense duties.

The Glock 44 was every bit as accurate as I expected it to be based on my trip out to the country with it. You can see the evidence below in that all ten shots are in a two inch circle at 10 yards (ignore the one 9mm flyer from a previous string and the gaping hole from putting the target sticker over the previous one that was pretty shot out).

Ignore the 9mm flyer, that’s 10 .22 LR holes in a two inch circle

In my review earlier in the week (Range Report: Glock 44) I noted that this was pretty snappy for a hand gun chambered in .22 Long Rifle. For whatever reason, maybe because I shot the G19 first, it did not seem nearly as snappy as it did previously. Nevertheless, I am still impressed with this little blaster. On a diet of cheap Federal ammo it had no issues.

Another odd thing is that I was unable to replicate the “load 11 in the magazine and have a failure to feed” that I experienced out in the woods. I am wondering if the heat and direct sun (this is Texas, after all) cause some sort of expansion or loosening in the magazines that allowed this. The magazines were in the direct sun all day and it was a warm one with temperatures in the mid-90’s later in the day.

I finally got a chance to do some accuracy testing on the Charter Arms Professional (Range Report: Charter Arms Professional)…

Meh.

It is OK for a defensive handgun. It does seem to shoot a little low but once I was able to get a feel for the correct sight alignment I was able to do OK. For whatever reason, and I find this to be true on my .327 Magnum Ruger LCR as well, it seems to be a good bit more accurate shooting .32 S&W Long than full bore magnum loads. I might blame it on the flinch factor but there is really very little recoil with this gun. Not that the groups with the .32 H&R magnums were all that big but the .32 Long’s were all just about touching. Sorry, no pictures.

I did try and shoot .32 ACP out of the Professional. In my LCR these become stuck and have to be popped out with a pencil or rod. The start doesn’t seem to get enough grip to eject them properly. This is not the case with the Charter Arms Professional. They all ejected just fine. Unfortunately, about half of them didn’t go bang when pulling the trigger. They did ignite on the second trip around the cylinder (a nice advantage of wheel guns) with one exception. When I get around to cleaning it I will take a look at the firing pin and see if there is anything obviously off there. This little guy won’t become a regular carry gun anytime soon so I am not too worried about it.

That’s all for this update.

Take care and God bless.

9 thoughts on “Range Report: Glock 44, Glock 19 MOS and Charter Arms Professional – Update

  1. Now my eyes have slipped into old age mode, I’ve had to change to point shooting as iron, red dot, laser, or tritium are all “a blur”.

    As day trips to where I can shoot REAL pistol have been curtailed (Thanks coronavirus, ferries, and airlines)
    CO2 BB is my plaything at home when I want to relax or just let off some steam.

    At 6 m I’m consistently hitting the ‘gong’ (the bottom of an old 8″ aluminum frying pan).
    That and my Figure 11 center mass is fair out to10 m.

    Funny thing is I learned to point shoot 40 years ago but once the whole process of grip, shot release, and muscle memory was reawakened, the fun returned.

    So, since 6 months of close work training is paying off, I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with my old 9 mm Browning GP. Only I will leave my homemade gong at home.

    Something tells me it wouldn’t last 5 minutes against real lead.

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    1. Although it is currently a “discredited” technique it served quite well for an awful lot of famous gun fighters including Jelly Bryce. It does take a LOT of practice though.

      Just through curiosity, how do you define point shooting? I have heard a number of folks use that term to describe very different techniques.

      My eyes are not that bad yet but I am getting there. That’s one of the reasons for my interest in “red dots” on both rifles and pistols. It is increasingly difficult to see the sights and the target. Thanks to some of your feedback I am going with green dots whenever possible because it is indeed easier to pick up for older eyes.

      Take care and God bless.

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      1. Point shooting. No sights, reflex action, with a pistol I point my index finger at center mass and pull the trigger using my middle finger.

        Dad taught me that from his training days with Capt Fairbairn.

        There is a variant called quick kill.
        More like shotgun, you sight ABOVE the barrel ignoring the sights. I never found that much good with a pistol. My finger always much more reliable than gauging a height parallel and above the receiver.

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      2. That’s interesting. I have heard about the point with the index finger and use the middle finger for the trigger but never heard of anyone actually using it (recently anyway). I might have to give it a try.

        Jelly Bryce was said to practice his draw and first shot hundred of times per day. He would use a mirror to ensure that his “aim” was true. It didn’t hurt that he was blessed with reaction times that were well above ordinary and some believe his vision was extra-ordinary as well, that he could process visual data faster than most.

        Fairbairn was an extraordinary person. I need to read up on him (in my infinite spare time).

        Take care and God bless.

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      3. Oh, I was taught an variation of what you call “quick kill.” In a close engagement you use the outline of the pistol lined up on the threat. The idea is that it is quicker than acquiring a full sight picture and is accurate enough for closer engagements.

        I haven’t practiced that in a while. Might need to spend some time on it.

        🙂

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      4. A large part of mil training is just getting something on target. Yet afterwards, when you had time, a lot of us ‘gun nuts’ would take things like bowling pins or them rubber chickens onto a quiet range and just play.

        It’s all well and good knowing the proper way to stand, grip, make ready and shoot, but what is needed above that is where you cease to think you are holding a weapon and it becomes a natural extention of you. The drills keep you safe, the familiarity keeps you alive.

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      5. Good points, thank you.
        I have gone back and forth on hunting with a self-defense weapon. On the one hand most of the cartridges available for the AR-15 platforms are a bit anemic for ethical hunting (there is a lot in that statement, isn’t there?) but the hours spent carrying and working with the platform helps to achieve the goal of it becoming a natural extension. Plus the requirement to bring it into action quickly and, on occasion, make snap shots on rapidly moving targets are all good for building that level of familiarity. Carrying a super light bolt-action .308 on the other hand is much easier to do and the extra power helps provide for an ethical kill even with a less than perfect shot.

        Might have to rethink current choices…

        Take care and God bless.

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