I went and picked up a Nano at Cabela's yesterday!
I made a short preview video of the gun last night and I thought I would share it here. I have a cold so sorry about my voice. At least I managed to edit out all of the coughing though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg2PgSlstbI
The video is unlisted so you'll have to follow the link to view it.
After I actually shoot the gun I'll update this first post with a full review.Shooting Impressions Update:
I made it up to PMAA Saturday, but it was snowing on me up at the range so I wasn’t able to get any video, sorry. If I had gotten some video I would have been embarrassed to show most of it though. I’m not a target shooter by any means but I was definitely underperforming with the Nano for the majority of the time. I was using 6” targets at ~8 yards and I was completely missing the targets with the majority of the rounds out of the Nano. The grouping was actually pretty good but they were hitting about 6” low left with an occasional flyer that would hit point of aim.
I’m sure this was due to poor trigger control but I pulled out my XDm .40 compact to see if I was just having a bad day in the snow and I was able to dump 11 round mags into the 6” targets consistently with that at a fairly decent rate of fire.
I tried slow firing the Nano from a rest but that didn’t help at all. Out of exasperation I went and bought a full size upper torso target from the R.O. and put some orange dots on it to give myself something good to aim at. I ditched the rest and just fired the Nano standing at a rate of about 1.25 rounds per second with 5 round groups. The good news is all of the rounds hit the torso, but my worst group was 9” with the farthest round being 9 inches low left from the point of aim and the closest being right through the orange dot I was aiming at.
The other four groups were 4, 5, 6, and 7.5 inches with the best being three inches left and an inch low of the point of aim. So bottom line, I need some more time with the trigger. By the end of my time at the range I was doing much better than early on but I’m still not happy with the results. I’ve been kinda spoiled with my XDm though, I can shoot it reasonably well without even trying.
I was shooting a variety of ammo including: 50 rds of Federal 115 gn FMJ, 50 rds of Speer 124 gn TMJ and 50 rds of Federal 124 gn HST JHP (my preferred 9mm carry round) along with 75 rds of my 124 gn LRN reloads. My reloads and the HST seemed to group a lot better than the other ammo. I didn’t even notice the recoil while shooting, but I never really do unless I’m shooting large caliber revolvers or rifles. If I had to compare it to something though I would say it felt like shooting a Sig P238, which I think is very pleasant to shoot. After those 225 rounds and another 50 through my XDm my hands feel just fine.
I did have a single failure to extract but it was the first round after I had switched from my reloads to the 124 gn TMJs and the case was stuck in there pretty good. Some of the lead or bullet lube from the reloads must have glued it in there. When I extracted the case it had a strange discolored area in the shape of a football on the side. I didn’t bother to clean the gun after that, just kept shooting and there were no other problems.
So in closing, I’m generally pleased with the Nano and I’m glad the sights are user adjustable.
"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." Candidus (Samuel Adams), The Boston Gazette Oct. 14, 1771