One of my favorite things about going to the range... seeing cool guns, talking about cool guns, and occasionally getting invited to shoot cool guns. Saturday's unexpected treat:
Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt
300 grain bullet pushed out at 1150 fps
In a word - OUCH
I'm no slouch behind the trigger, have handled the .454 Casull, .460 S&W, and the artillery-grade .500 S&W, and that damn Ruger hurt like a sonofagun! That said, I may be getting a little wiser in my old age. Instead of running all five cartridges the owner handed to me with an evil grin, I shot four as I've never been a big fan of having the trigger guard slam into my middle finger. This particular pistol had new handmade walnut grips installed... after literally shattering the oversized wood the owner installed to manage the recoil of his "hot" reloads.
Also had the chance to shoot another XD45... and shot it well. Still doesn't change my opinion of XDs, though. They're well-made guns and sell well (I'd rather see a friend buy an XD than a Taurus), just not for me. Glocks are the epitome of simple, durable, and as fail-free as any auto I've owned or shot. M&Ps have it hands-down for ergonomics and quality at the price point.
Stay safe and shoot often.