So yesterday I finally got my upgraded extractor for my Smith and Wesson M&P 9 gen1.
It is an early tranche gun w/o the upgraded extractor from Smith.
The late tranches of the Gen1 had the upgraded extractor from the Gen2, this one did not.
So I got this as an upgrade since I had tons of extraction failures with this gun with both CCI Blazer and Tula 9mm
Today I went to the range to functions check it.
I took 200 rds of Blazer CCI 9mm. The same batch that I had earlier determined was a bit short for proper 9mm FMJ dimensions (thats why it was giving my Taurus G3 a hard time)
So I wanted to get rid of that Ammo shooting a gun I knew that would tolerate it well.
I also included a 50 rd Box of TulAmmo 9mm to challenge the new extractor a bit.
As I was starting to shoot it suddenly started raining a super heavy downpour and the range was turning into sheets of water and mud instantly.
So I am like, "uhuh, yeah Hurricane Ida, forgot about that,.. I suppose thats why the range was so empty"
The rangemasters drove by and urged me off the range as they were shutting it down but I begged them to stay and finish my shooting since I am going on an international trip tomorrow and won't be able to shoot again for 3 weeks.
So they were like "you're on your own" and sped out of there.
My t shirt was so drenched there was no point in wearing it.
I took it off and proceeded to start shooting my regimen.
The wind was picking up and knocking the targets around.
And it was quickly obvious that without wipers on my eyepro I could not see a thing.
So I decided to forgo the eyepro but put a bit more distance between me and the steel targets for safety ( backsplatter)
Then I started my lanes and practiced shooting on the move.
Usually not a big fan of it but recently was convinced otherwise by someone whose judgment I respect and executed the drills he mentioned.
The rain drenched gun and mags and both were constantly wet and my grip on the gun was slipping a lot.
No problem, "If it aint raining it aint training", as we used to say.
Finished my 250 rds, drove the SUV out of the mudpit the range had become and felt the entire experience was quite invigorating.
Gun and mags are sitting on my table wiped off and drying off, oiling is next.
PS: Am nowhere near the center of this thing.. just FYI..