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Balota 12-14-2011 06:36 PM

Diagnosis of Handgun Inaccuracy
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I am a new shooter. Getting better slowly. So far the safest place on the range has been my X-ring! Found a reference on line for a correction chart for pistols. See attached.

I find that I shoot mostly high and left, frequently the groups are 5-10 inches off center at about 7 yards range. The chart suggests that I am "pushing" as a response to recoil or no follow through. Can someone help me understand what that means?

Thanks in advance.

MrWray 12-14-2011 07:35 PM

You may be anticipating the recoil, meaning at the last second you are slightly jerking as you squeeze the trigger. Alot of people anticipate the recoil a little bit whether they know it or not. Its just enough to throw you off, just squeeze the trigger with constant "light" pressure until the gun goes off

RecklessRegard 12-14-2011 07:53 PM

Try to be surprised by the gun firing. As MrWray stated, your squeeze should be extremely slow. While in front of the TV, unloaded of course, practice sight picture and a nice slow squeeze. If you know exactly when the trigger is going to break, you're not doing something right. When you're surprised, you're body is unable to predict and act for/against the recoil. That may help you're pushing issue.

MrWray 12-14-2011 08:14 PM

Jerking the trigger will also "push" the gun a little bit when fired even if you arent anticipating the recoil. Thats why a smooth trigger pull is key. I can already tell you that you are anticipating the recoil from what you are telling us so work on that part,its like reckless said, smoothly "squeeze" the trigger and let the gun going off be a surprise. As you get more comfortable with your firearm the anticipation will get better.

Jpyle 12-14-2011 10:05 PM

Flinching or anticipation is a common problem for new shooters. Couple of things to try: have a friend load your mags at the range and slip in a snap cap. When the gun fails to fire you should still be on target; mount a cheap laser or laser bore sight and practice dry firing at the chart, the dot should stay centered; make sure your grip is not squeezing the gun and that your trigger finger is properly placed with the pad of the finger on the trigger. Too much finger does not allow you to squeeze the trigger straight back. Final thing...practice, practice, practice. Good luck and have fun.

danf_fl 12-15-2011 08:15 AM

How fast do you release the trigger when the shot is fired.

Follow through is not done by most people on the range, yet it is one of the four steps needed to have a good shot.

Basically, it is to continue pulling the trigger through the shot and only release it after the handgun has settled down from the recoil.

To see how it affects you shot, try a dry fire test of pulling the trigger then releasing it the same way you do on the range. If the barrel moves when the trigger is released, then you are not following through.

Balota 12-15-2011 01:32 PM

Thanks to all! I have been dry firing at the range between live round magazines. The barrel does not appear to move (most of the time) during the dry fires. But the live fires are hard to tell. I'll look into getting some snap caps and loading them randomly to check.

I haven't thought about the follow through aspect much. I will definitely be looking for that during future practice sessions.

I don't believe practice makes perfect. I believe practice makes permanent. Practicing with bad habits only reinforces those bad habits. So I want my practice shots to be as perfect as I can. Thanks again for your help!

Balota 12-27-2011 04:06 AM

Quick followup. Went to the range twice since last post.

First visit was very frustrating. Every time I focused on one detail (like follow through) other parts went in the toilet.

Since then I got an exercise device that allows individual finger squeezes. Been using that to gain hand strength (to keep weapon as straight as possible during discharge) and to practice straight, finger tip only, squeeze.

Second trip was like night and day. Focused on smooth squeeze and follow through. Almost all shots in 9 or 10 rings. Nothing to brag about among experienced shooters, but a LOT better than previous. Thanks to all for your help!

trip286 12-27-2011 05:02 AM

If it works, keep it up. Glad to hear you've gotten some improvements.

Just keep practicing and doing what your doing.

MrWray 12-27-2011 05:14 AM

Glad to hear it brother, we all started out just like you are. Happy that we could be some are only gonna get better, dont let the bad habits stress you out and just have fun.. You will get it down

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