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 Post subject: Went to the range...
PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:40 am 
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Well, a PA-63 packs a huge wallop. The webbing on my right hand is very bruised, and I think I managed to bruise the tendons in there as well.

My guess is that I need a new blowback return spring (goes around the barrel), or at least a stronger spring. That should reduce the recoil significantly.

Even with the huge kick - I managed some acceptible groupings, since I hadn't managed to get to the range in a very, very long time. Most of the shots were in a 3" grouping (some weren't, but at that point, I was paying more attention to the gun than the target, trying to figure out what it was doing)

The Ruger 9mm has a very soft trigger. This was disturbing for me to handle - taking up all the slack, then finding out that the actual resistance is almost nil at the last 1/8th of an inch, is very very disconcerting.

The Phoenix Arms 22lr will have to go back to the factory, I think. After pulling the trigger, it would reload, then the secondary magazine safety would lock the trigger. I'd have to switch it off and on a few times to release.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:14 pm 
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A good local gunsmith should be able to repair the Phoenix. As far as the PA-63, a good local gunsmith should be able to get you a new spring.

You'll get used to the soft trigger on the Ruger. What irritated me about the Rugers I've shot is that there's not really a definite stop at the end of the slack... You're taking in slack, you're taking in slack, you're taking in slack, YOU'RE FIRING!!

I've shot handguns before where there was a bit of slack in the trigger, but a definite resistance at the end of the slack... And it was only a tiny movement after that resistance... Those were nice. But you get used to the Ruger's trigger action after a while.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:22 pm 
It's funny that Ruger semis have trigger trouble. The Ruger revolvers I've shot generally have pretty decent single-action triggers, and the trigger on my old Mk1 .22 auto is perfect.

Ruger rifle triggers aren't all that great, though. Mrs. Animal has a nice little Ruger 77MkII Compact in .260 Remington; it's a nice, well-made rifle but the trigger is creaky and stiff. The Remington 700 has about the best factory trigger going in rifles right now.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:18 pm 
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I think I'd rather send it back to the factory. If it was something like heavy trigger pull, that would be one thing, but completely malfunctioning is a manufacturing flaw.

I'll find out for sure after I dismantle it, clean it, oil it, then reassemble it.

I'll probably take it out in the back yard and fire it into a tree stump four times.

On the PA-63 - $10 for a trigger spring and recoil spring replacement from Makarov.com.

People complain about the stiff trigger - I liked it. Of course, I'm used to a single action revolver.

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