It was a day of several firsts: my first time going out to a manufacturer event at Athena Gun Club, first time shooting in about half a year, and the first time that I experienced Athena Gun Club’s Virtual Simulator.
Sig Sauer representatives had a table set up by the Heckler & Koch display, just beside the Virtual Simulator room.
One table featured optics, another handguns, and a third a rifle (Sig MCX) that was taking a break from range time. I had the opportunity to handle Sig’s ECHO1 digital thermal imaging reflex sight, as well as some of their ROMEO line of red dot sights. The representative there told me that their red dot sights are designed to meet the same grade as Aimpoint’s offerings, though I have yet to investigate that claim. Perhaps later. In the meantime, the red dot sights appeared to be well-designed, and I liked the ability to toggle reticles. I also handled the Sig MCX and MPX.
I shot the Sig P220 and the Sig 1911. I shot the Sig P220 first, followed by the Sig 1911. I could have milked my range time and gotten more deliberate practice by loading a single round at a time. In future range sessions, I must continue working my trigger finger and aim for nice, clean pulls.
My setup with each weapon was similar: I began by fully loading the magazine and setting the target to its maximum distance (20 yards). I fired a single round from this distance. After that, I brought the target in to 10 yards, and fired until I had a single round left. At this point, I reset to the maximum distance, and took my final shot.
I followed the live session with a visit to the Virtual Simulator. There were other people in the room who were waiting their turn, and I asked that the man running a simulator show us what we’d be working with. The scenario was simple: shoot simulated steel plates using the gas-blowback Glock 19. The man running the simulator downed them in 2.14 sec, while I ran the same in 2.15.
My paper targets went absent after I set them to aside in the Athena lobby, but that’s just as well. They probably would have gathered dust on a tabletop at home.
Overall, I really enjoyed the event. I showed up pretty late, and suspect that the staff were a little worn out from fielding questions all day, as it showed in their demeanor.