38 SC vs 9Maj – My impressions

Not to delve too much into gear, but the config is pertinent to the comparison:

Infinity IMM – Bianchi Frame.  38SC and 9Maj full conversion kits.  Infinity Comp on both barrels.

  • 38SC – 4 popple holes
    • VV 3n38 Powder; 124 PD JHP
  • 9Maj – 2 popple holes
    • Ramshot Silhouette Powder; 124 PD JHP

My Pattern

I generally shoot 9Maj for practice and locals (LV1). This year, my practice round goal is 25000 (about 1/5 done as of this article).  When I go to LV2 or anything higher, I’ll switch to 38SC for about 2-4 weeks before, shoot about 500-1000 rounds, shoot the match, then switch back.

38 SC

This has a much better “feel” than 9Maj.  The dot is more predictable, the rounds are more reliable from an extraction/ejection perspective, and I think there is less felt recoil.   Every time I go to 38SC, I think “smooth.”

The bad part, and it is pretty bad, is brass pickup.  It’s awful – you can’t convince me otherwise.  It’s also quite costly if you shoot a lot of rounds.  My cost comparison said that it would be about $1000 extra on the year, assuming I recovered 50% of my brass every time I shot.


It is more lively, but the dot still stays in the lens.  It’s still very controllable, and you get used to the extra snappiness quickly.  The best part, obviously, is that you don’t have to pick up brass to be cost effective.  …and it is very close to 38SC… very close.

The bad part, to me, is that with mixed head stamps, you may run into feeding issues.

Yes, it is typically up to the builder, but I picked Infinity for their reliability reputation.

The Infinity 38SC IMM is like shooting a Glock – I’ve never had any issues (that I didn’t cause).  Infinity (as of the writing of this article) no longer makes 9Maj because it doesn’t hold up to their reliability standards.  My issues tend to be around extraction.  Admittedly, a lot of it was caused by my 1050 Mark7 being a little out of whack.  But I experienced feeding issues before I got the M7 – not as much, but enough to notice.

Draw and Reload

Back to fundamentals this week.  Looking at the video, you can see that my support hand on the draw never passes the center-line of my body.  It needs to be closer to the gun (Draw fix)so I can get a better, stronger grip.

Also on reloads, I need to cut out the excess motion.  In the video, you can see that I raise the gun and pronate it outward before turning it inward.

Dry fire draw and reload drills this week.  Retest.


This week, I’m doing transitions. Along with the usual 90 and 180 transitions, I’ve been dry-firing the drill in the picture with a par time of 3.1s  (7-10ish yards simulated).  This is doable, so keep taking it down until you’re stretched.

Here’s the idea:

  • Draw and engage target in front of you with 2
  • Transition 90 degrees to either the target on your left or right – 2 rounds
  • Transition 180 degrees to the other target – 2 rounds
  • Transition 90 degrees to the first target – 2 rounds

Be sure to practice both with open targets (shown), but also and more importantly with partials and zebras.  Also practice varying distances.

If you nail this, add movement, i.e., starting position away from the “box.”  At the beep, run into position and pick up the 1st target on the move.

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