At my civilian job I carry a Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 magnum 6-shot revolver with .38 +P ammo. Since my duty weapon is over 25 years old I decided it was time for an upgrade, so I got a Smith & Wesson Model 625 .45 ACP 6-shot revolver. I decided to stay with the revolver since after two dozen years of carrying one I do shoot very well with it. I am both fast and accurate and the upgrade to .45 ACP should give me better stopping power. Both guns are stainless steel and I like living so close to the ocean.
As part of my transition to the new gun I have fired 156 rounds so far, one from each of the 26 moon clips I purchased with the gun. This is both a test of the gun, a test of the moon clips and a chance to get used to the new weapon and using moon clips rather than speedloaders. I find the moon clips at least as fast to load as the speedloaders but faster to dump than loose rounds.
Since I am still waiting for my new holster I won’t be carrying the new weapon on duty for a while. Most of what I have read says you sould practice your draw at least 500 to a thousand times before carrying a new holster on duty, and certainly that is my goal. While that sounds like a lot of drawing I figure two or three hundred times a day for a week or so should bring me to that total pretty quick. Transition to a new gun involves more than just taking it out of the box; that’s what the SGT Says.