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ON THE RANGE
Out-of-the-box the action was a bit rough,
and the recoil spring felt heavier than other
1911 9mm guns I recently tested. I was told
by EAA it would require some break-in,
which is standard with any tightly fitted
semi-automatic. After a full field strip,
cleaning and proper lubrication, I grabbed
80 rounds of older, mixed factory ammunition
and reloads from my "practice bucket" and
headed out to my backyard range. I just
wanted to get rounds through the gun to get
it broken in. I set up an NRA 25-yard Timed
& Rapid replacement center at 15 yards and
loaded the magazines.
Although the two supplied Mec-Gar
magazines were stated to be 10-round
capacity, I was only able to get nine rounds
into each. The rear sight was bottomed
out from the factory and there were
no adjustment markings on the sights,
nor in the instructions. A quick bit of
experimentation with a screwdriver showed
me that counterclockwise was up on
elevation and left on windage. I zeroed the
sight off-hand and it took only a few rounds
to get me into the 10-ring. After that I just
pounded the rest of the rounds downrange
and chewed out the center of the target.

The ambidextrous safeties offer a wide thumbrest
and side shields.

As could be expected there were some "breakin malfunctions"-a half-dozen Failures To
Eject and several failures to go into battery.
Given that I was shooting mismatched "junk"
practice loads, I wasn't concerned.
With the basic break-in finished I stripped,
cleaned and lubed the gun again, and
assembled my test loads. They included
Federal's American Eagle 147-grain FP,
a common load among shooters who
prefer the softer push of a heavier bullet.
The 124-grain weight is popular and I
included two: the 124-grain SIG V-Crown
and Hornady's 124 XTP Custom. I added
CCI's 115 Blazer Brass as an economical
match load that makes the 125 PF.
Since Steel Challenge has no PF
requirement and many shooters
A Bomar-style rear sight includes a
serrated flat, black blade. The Noel
displayed excellent accuracy with bullet
weights from 100 to 147 grains.

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