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Good Evening from East Texas
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:21:01 PM »
Hello All,

New Guy here. Just wanted to find a place to ask questions and be able to talk guns. Ive got four at the moment, one of which is out of commission. A standard APX FDE (out of Comm), a Taurus Model 85 (only got it for self def, rarely use it cause it hurts my thumb when I shoot it), an FN Five Seven (I love it, but its really light weight, so Im using a light to add weight) and an APX Full Combat FDE (loose barrel when the slide is cocked open, not sure if thats standard slop or if I got a bad barrel).

Lately Ive been shooting at the range to practice and sighting my Five Seven and Combat APX. It turns out my Five Seven was a mess and literally spraying rounds all over the place. I messed around with the adjustable sight some today and managed to get the grouping a bit closer together, but still not where Id like it to be. No idea how to adjust it for my APX, so thats where I need some help on how to go about doing it. Any suggestions are welcome.

In any case, Im glad to be here and to learn from experts.  :th_thicon_idea:


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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 06:34:09 PM »
Well your first problem is you hardly shoot your self defense pistol. With all due respect, that's not a great idea.

I'd seriously recommend either replacing your chosen self-defense pistol with something you can regularly train with, or replace the grips on it so that it is more comfortable to shoot regularly and run drills with.

You only ever fall back on what you've trained on in an emergency, and if you haven't trained at all, well, let's just say the odds of you randomly sprouting a cape and going full Matrix on the bad guys is pretty slim.

I'm not a Beretta fan (they'll -- probably -- be along very shortly to give you troubleshooting tips), so unfortunately I can't help you with you APX, but I would recommend you take the APX needing the sight adjustments to a smith and have it checked out if you lack the ability to adjust them yourself.

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 09:16:18 PM »
Thanks for the input. Im leaning towards making my APX my self defense pistol and just getting rid of that snubnose. Im not a big fan of it and it was a temporary placeholder while I saved up for the APX.

Ive shot over 300 rounds through the APX and about 250 on the Five Seven so Im getting familiar with how those two behave. The Five Seven is my backup since I really wont be able to get the laser sight for it unless I get some special adapter.

What gun do you usually shoot with (aka what do you recommend)?

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 09:21:14 PM »
Hey from Plano.

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 10:47:08 PM »
Welcome from Brazos County. As a FN 5.7 owner myself for the past two years I know your frustrations. What brand of ammunition are you using? Just from my experience, and a couple of others on this forum, American Eagle/Federal is pure garbage. While loading the magazine I've had the bullet/projectile separate from the casing more than a few times and several failures to feed when using that stuff. There is a reason it cost less than the FN brand ammo. I stick with Hornady 40 gr polymer tip and the FNH 195 and 197.
I have the MK2 model which was introduced in 2013. I've been told it's an improvement over the original model but since I've never shot the original I can't swear to that. I like my FN 5.7, shoot it fairly well, and is one of the few modern production firearms I'll "probably" never sell.
One of the moderators here handle is Shipwreck. He is pretty knowledgeable about 5.7 x 28 platforms and has given me some good advice. I imagine he will show up here soon.
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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 07:16:47 AM »
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only familiar with the 5.7 - problem could be :

1) ammo (see recommendations & stay-away-froms, above)
2) the shooter (you - if the sight is secure the pistol should be capable of good groupings even if they've not in the bull - have an experienced shooter give it a try - an employee at your range perhaps or try shooting off a bag)
 
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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 03:08:45 PM »
What gun do you usually shoot with (aka what do you recommend)?

I personally favor the CZ line of firearms, or the CZ-75 in 9MM more specifically. I believe fair number of the rest of the members here also have had positive experiences with CZ's as well. It's uncommon to find one that's inherently inaccurate out of the box if the shooter is doing his job.

However, if you can find a place that rents them, you should try one and shoot with it yourself to see if you like it.

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 04:01:56 PM »
Good afternoon from Dallas.


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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 04:16:52 PM »
Welcome aboard.
As Tango mentioned, if the sights are off, but you are using them properly, you should still get a group...it just won't be where you wanted it.
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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 05:22:36 PM »
Hey welcome aboard.
I also like the CZ line of firearms as  my EDC is a Rami with 14 rd mags.
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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2018, 07:46:08 PM »
FiveSever,

WELCOME ABOARD.

I'm from Pittsburg in Camp County, though I now reside in The Alamo City.

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2018, 08:12:34 PM »
Welcome from Brazos County. As a FN 5.7 owner myself for the past two years I know your frustrations. What brand of ammunition are you using? Just from my experience, and a couple of others on this forum, American Eagle/Federal is pure garbage. While loading the magazine I've had the bullet/projectile separate from the casing more than a few times and several failures to feed when using that stuff. There is a reason it cost less than the FN brand ammo. I stick with Hornady 40 gr polymer tip and the FNH 195 and 197.
I have the MK2 model which was introduced in 2013. I've been told it's an improvement over the original model but since I've never shot the original I can't swear to that. I like my FN 5.7, shoot it fairly well, and is one of the few modern production firearms I'll "probably" never sell.
One of the moderators here handle is Shipwreck. He is pretty knowledgeable about 5.7 x 28 platforms and has given me some good advice. I imagine he will show up here soon.

Appreciated. Yea, I usually stick with the OEM Blue-tip FN ammo. Its higher in price, but from reviews like yours Ive trusted to stay away. In over 200 rounds, Ive only had 1 misfire so far, and I think its mostly my fault. It looked like some oil had made its way to the striker pin and the striker didnt get a good hit.

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welcome

only familiar with the 5.7 - problem could be :

1) ammo (see recommendations & stay-away-froms, above)
2) the shooter (you - if the sight is secure the pistol should be capable of good groupings even if they've not in the bull - have an experienced shooter give it a try - an employee at your range perhaps or try shooting off a bag)
 

Im getting groupings for sure, but if I aim at the bullseye, they always go low. Im having to aim high to get them to hit the bullseye.

And its funny, the FN is so light weight you have to grip it good to get your rounds to go where you want them to. I have the opposite experience with the APX, where I have to let it kick a bit when it fires to have the rounds go where I want them to. If I hold the APX stiff, those rounds either go too high or too low.

Thanks for the welcomes from everyone. Im glad to be here.

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Re: Good Evening from East Texas
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2018, 09:18:19 AM »
Welcome from Stephenville, TX!