Originally Posted by jayb514
I've only had mine for a little over two weeks. I've put a 100 round box of federal through it, 8 rounds of Hornady Custom 124 gr xtp and not a hiccup.
I want to try some Federal 124 gr hst. Funny thing happened during my search for this round. I went to a local range where the guy behind the counter said it would be a waste. He said the pf9 is not an expensive gun. It wasn't meant to be a range gun. Just find what is reliable and stick with that. He said all hollow points are basically the same. Some may expand more than others big whoop. They're all gonna hurt and shot placement and reliability is what counts. He actually said that all this shooting paper is bs and it goes right out the window when a real defensive situation occurs.
Now, there is truth in much of what he said. I take issue, however, with the notion that because the pf9 is not $500 it cannot or should not be fired a lot. How can I get used to the gun and practice with it if I don't shoot it and shoot it a lot? My reaction in a defensive situation has to be muscle memory based. I have had officers and federal agents tell me that when the moment comes if you have to think you'll probably miss or not even get the shot off. The question before the court is this: Am I crazy or is he wrong?
Yes and no. Most of it has been said, and well. I particularly agree with Beastly, and will piggyback there with just a few points:
1. Indeed not all HP are equal. But a "better performing" HP that doesn't function in your particular pistol is of no value whatever. Reliability >>> terminal performance. Don't get soured on the pistol just because it happens not to like brand/model xxxx that you hoped for. Start from the "best rated" rounds and test for reliability and work your way down until you have one that functions reliably. My personal benchmark is 200 rounds without a failure. YMMV. Do this AFTER you can do it with ball, so you can tell the difference between a problem with your pistol, your technique, or just that particular ammo.
2. A PF-9, or ANY super small/light handgun is without a doubt a handicap to learning the basics of shooting, and so a poor choice as an "only" gun. It will easily teach you bad habits. So, yeah, "range gun" defined as something that can not only stand up to hundreds of rounds per training session, but isn't so difficult to shoot well that it holds you back from learning good grip, trigger control, sight picture, and follow-through.
But as said, you absolutely also need to practice with it, to maintain its reliability as well as your technique. The technique isn't DIFFERENT so much as it just won't tolerate errors, particularly in grip, that a larger/heavier pistol would.
3. The PF-9 will never be a "range gun" in the bullseye competition sense. Trying to make it do so with techniques like "staging" a long double-action trigger pull is counterproductive, particularly to its purpose as a defensive pistol.
From the above perspectives, the staffer wasn't out-and-out wrong, just a bit over-broad in what they said.