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At the BEEP the DVC locked onto the far
right target, the trigger seemed to break on its
own- Bang/Ting-and then swung smoothly
through the remaining targets like it was radarguided. The dot stayed as "flat"as my rimfire
pistol and there were no misses. Just Bang/
Ting. My jaw dropped when the timer told
me it had taken 3.11 seconds. Four more runs
followed. There were no misses. Times ran
between 3.04 and 3.21 seconds. I'd be happy
with that score using a rimfire rifle or pistol.
To do it with a new centerfire gun and 130 PF
factory 9 mm ammo was quite surprising!
I then made the same five runs with the
M&P. I had assumed that, given my time with
this gun as opposed to the 2011, it would be
no contest between the two. I was right, but
not for the reasons I had envisioned. Times
with the M&P averaged 0.5-seconds slower,
and there were a couple of misses.
To say I was suitably impressed with the
DVC Steel 9 mm would be a serious understatement!
Like kids at Christmas, the other shooters
(several of whom own STI Open class guns)
took it to the firing line. Their feelings echoed
mine. And, something else was learned.
During my "get acquainted"range session
the only malfunctions that occurred were
when two of my 114-PF "Mouse Puff" loads
failed to eject. At the club, several shooters
had their own 113-115 PF loads and had
similar ejection failures. This gun is tuned
to run 125-Minor PF loads. Changing to a
lighter recoil spring might let sub-Minor
loads run, although given how well it
performed with the 130-PF Blazer I might
wonder why that change is needed.
On the other hand, STI tells me that installing a 9- or 10-pound recoil spring will let

Class A Open shooter, John
Reilly, runs the DVC with
130 PF ammo. The gun
stays flat. The comp works
well with those loads, as
the ejected case shows.

Accuracy Chart
Groups fired from a 25-yard sandbag bench rest
with C-More dot dialed to mid-power. Average of
three five-shot groups measured center to center
in inches.

Load

Group Size (inches)

SIG 115-grain Elite
Performance

2.38

CCI/Speer Blazer Brass
115-grain

1.79

Federal American Eagle
124-grain FMJ-RN

1.43

Federal American Eagle
147-grain FMJ-FN

1.23

Bayou 124-grain "Mouse Puff"
handload

1.52

the gun run 9 mm Major. If the same bullet
weight is used in Minor and Major loads the
point of impact shift should be insignificant.
That would let the DVC Steel run in USPSA
Open Class Major and shift quickly back to
Steel Challenge light loads with nothing more
than a recoil spring change.
Given that the DVC Steel is also available
in .38 Super (which shifts between Major
and Minor PF with published load data as
opposed to going beyond published data to
make 9 mm Major) that makes it a serious
tool for serious shooters.

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