So, I went to my gun club's indoor range last night. The Mrs. brought the kids to her sister's house for a Patriot's party, and I declined the invite as I'm heading back into work tomorrow for the first time in a week - I'd rather not get home at 11:00 PM, thanks.
I decided to head over to the club with the Ruger 22/45 Lite I've had for T&E, and at the last moment decided to bring along another Ruger, the LCR that I've been carrying a lot lately. The indoor range is lead-ammunition only owing to the simple design of the backstop (steel plate angled at 45º with a sand bed to catch deflected rounds), so in the winter time I find myself shooting mainly .22LR. This time I grabbed a .38 Special revolver and a box of lead wadcutters to give myself a brief refresher on one of my fall-back carry guns.
It took a couple cylinders to warm myself up to the DAO revolver, but once I stopped thinking about it and started shooting, it all came back just fine:
The first cylinder went into the center; the second and third were aimed at the neck area. I put two cylinders through the top section because the first cylinder grouped so well I had to double-check (and hence the two rounds outside the 7-ring...). All shots are well in the black; all were fired rapid-fire and at 25 feet, starting at low-ready. It's amazing how the muscle memory works - once I kicked over from "target shooting" mode from the 22/45 and into "defensive shooting" mode, it was second nature.
I call it "passable" because that's all I was looking for - I wanted to make sure I could still shoot the short-barreled revolver with sufficient proficiency as to maintain it as a viable defensive arm. Being able to keep all shots center-of-mass at a fair distance is exactly what I wanted to do, and it's gratifying to find I can still do it. Granted, the Crimson Trace Lasergrips don't hurt keeping things on target, and I cannot recommend them strongly enough for a defensive handgun.
It's not often that "good enough" actually is, but in this case I'm quite pleased with the end result.
That is all.