Range Report: Fisher Cat versus Mosquito
Posted by Lissa on December 7, 2009
Battle info below the fold!
Finally received our training gun!
Isn’t it pretty? And it shoots 100 rounds for $8, as opposed to 50 rounds for $14. Hooray!
We bought CCI mini-mag .22 (partly on Weer’d Beard‘s advice) since we’d heard that the Mosquito could be picky in its diet. We were pleased to find that it ate 300 rounds just fine.
(With one exception. Mike and I were in adjoining lanes, passing the Mosquito back and forth (locked open and back, and still pointed downrange). On one of my turns, I had two misfires in a row; just duds. I popped the mag and racked the slide to eject the defective rounds, but started to worry that the Mosquito finicky dietary preferences were manifesting themselves. Then I realized the safety was on.)
After working exclusively with .40 and 9mm, the .22 was a surprise. Remember also that the Mosquito has a polymer frame, so it felt quite different than the usual metal. At 8¢ per round, I felt free to kill that fisher cat good and dead:
We went through 100 rounds apiece with the Mosquito. Mike shot through another hundred rounds, but I switched to the 239. Practice makes perfect!
(There’s a lot more shot dispersion than I’d like — I need more repetition. Still, an eight-inch shot dispersion at 33 feet — oh FINE, Mike insists I put the target in front of the yellow line, so 31 feet — gets the job done without collateral damage. Assuming a non-moving stationary target . . . sigh. More reps.)
It was a shock to switch to the 9 mm, although not perhaps for the reasons you think. Yes, it seemed very loud, and very snappy and forceful, after the .22 — but that wasn’t what shocked me. No, I was stunned by the difference in trigger pull. The 239 requires a very forceful trigger pull in double-action — 10.3 pounds, I think? Too lazy to look — anyway, it takes quite a tug. (I was thinking about that the other day — that you have to exert enough force with one finger to lift two bags of flour, in order for the gun to fire in double-action. That’s a lot of force. I like it that way.)
Tangent aside — I felt that the Mosquito had a very long trigger pull, i.e. your finger had to travel a good 1.5 inches to make the gun fire. With the 239, you have to tug really hard, but the trigger travels perhaps HALF that distance before the gun fires. It really surprised me; it’s a difference I’ll keep in mind.
We’re very pleased with the Mosquito; it’s an attractive gun that will let us hone our shooting skills without dropping massive amounts of cash. It behaved well and earned its place in the family.
Happy Monday, all!