I need more practice with my P3AT

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by MW_surveyor, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. MW_surveyor

    MW_surveyor New Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    Well, haven't shot my P3AT for about a month and a half.  Been shooting my (new to me) SP 101 and my CZ Phantom.  Went to the range today and shot 125 reloads out of the SP101 (just started reloading) and then decided that I needed to make sure my P3AT went bang also.

    Man, after drilling out the bullseyes from 10 targets with the SP101, had a real rude awakening with the P3AT :-[  Took me 5 shots to get into the target, even limp wristed it once >:( Shot another 20 rounds OK, but not like it was when I was shooting it more on a regular basis.  Guess I'm going to have to put in more time with my little friend/front pocket buddy.  Also get the dies and start reloading for the P3AT. ;D Either that or shoot the P3AT first at the range.  Maybe it got PO'd at me for neglecting to shoot it first.
  2. PF9Newbie

    PF9Newbie New Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    These ultra light, small handguns do need a lot of practice in order to master. There is not much to grip, they recoil fairly hard, sights are terrible (common things to all small defensive weapons), and the trigger pull is long and relatively hard. That being said, once you get used to them, they do the job, at least at the ranges they are intended for (3-7 yards or so). They are not long range guns, not range plinkers, and definitely not intended as "fun" guns. With practice, you will find it easy enough to keep your shots in the center of body mass at intended ranges, and that is all you can really ask for in these guns.

    Jim R

  3. diamond

    diamond New Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    What distance were you shoot at?
  4. billfromtx

    billfromtx New Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Work that trigger!...
    Its not a range gun anyway. Its a point and shoot till its empty gun! I love mine and can shoot it fairly well out to 15 yards after alot of practice! ;)
  5. MW_surveyor

    MW_surveyor New Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    I shoot the P3AT at 7 yards.
    When I was practicing on a regular basis with it was able to keep all rounds within a 5" diameter circle. For today, I had also removed the Hogue grip. It went back on tonight after cleaning.
    DA trigger pull doesn't bother me as I normally shoot the SP 101 double action. My CZ is carried at half cock with a DA first pull. My drill with it is to DA first round, shoot two SA then back to DA.
    Just got spoiled by the bigger guns with a longer sight radius. ::)
  6. james__12345

    james__12345 New Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    i have to know.  Did you really say half thingy, or did you say half cock and did the site block it?

    edit: haha you have GOT to be kidding me, a GUN sight and we cant use the word c o c k ???? its a gun term for cryin out loud ;D this is crazy
  7. diamond

    diamond New Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Ha, kind of funny. If this were a site for teenage kids, I could see it. They'd have a hay day with that one. But we're adults. Might want to remove that word from the censor feature.
  8. MW_surveyor

    MW_surveyor New Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    Just got up this morning and turned on the computer here at my desk. Got to KTOG and what do I find. A question regarding a term. In answer.
    I used the correct term as I know it. I have used this term in other forums and not had the term changed to "thingy" or any other non specific term. I guess the automatic word police software is programed for any word that has any conotation to porn or "swear words". In the future I guess I'll have to say "thingy". (we need a sarcasm button!) Don't go off half "thingyed".
  9. JR37

    JR37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jonesboro, Arkansas
    Remember to thingy your SA pistol/revolver.  This could go on and on.

    Life is short, be happy
  10. risabee

    risabee Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    There have been some rolling-on-the-floor-funny threads on here where everyone tried to find all the terms that this forums substitutes. It's like trying to read in pig latin. ;D
  11. Zip196

    Zip196 New Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    This is what I found works the best for me.
    I shot a bunch through my PF9 first the other day before the P3AT. After the first couple shots in the P3AT, I ripped the skin off the bottom of my 1st knuckle thingy on my trigger finger. NEVER even noticed a rub prior to that. Taped it up and kept on shooting, just kept my finger off of the trigger guard. The P3ATs are pretty unique/different little guns.
  12. MW_surveyor

    MW_surveyor New Member

    Oct 30, 2009

    Did you mean your first knucle j o i n t? Or did you really write thingy? I just have to know if this is another word to avoid using (or at least adding a space between letters). HA HA

    Never really had that problem but I will sometimes drag my trigger finger near the nail along the bottom of the guard. Hurts after a while.
  13. JAB

    JAB Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2010
    East Tennessee
    There is just enough difference between firing semiautos and firing revolvers and the grip, trigger pull, etc. that I use that I find when I shoot revolvers then semis, I don't do as well with the semis as I normally do (which isn't saying a whole lot.) When I shoot semis then revolvers I don't do quite as well with the revolvers as I normally do.
  14. Zip196

    Zip196 New Member

    Feb 25, 2010

    I meant joint, just falling in with the humor...
  15. frankmako

    frankmako Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    Chattanooga TN
    they do need a lot of practice in order to master. but when master you will feel better about the gun and yourself.
  16. MW_surveyor

    MW_surveyor New Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    zip 196 - Good, I'm glad it doesn't restrict thingy (I mean joint)

    frankmako - I actually feel pretty confident that I will hit center mass with the P3AT if I need to (from 7 yards or less). Back when I was breaking the gun in, I had no real problems with being within a 6" diameter circle at 15 yards, and well within 4-5" at 7 yards. I am going to take the advice of zip196 and shoot the P3AT first. ::) Then it won't feel left out.