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Old 02-09-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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I was at the the range yesterday and my dad was renting a few guns he wanted to consider buying. I shot a Smith and Wesson m&p9, sig p226, and a Beretta 92fs. Out of those 3 I shot best with the 92fs but still wasn't very accurate. I hit probably 5/10 (sometimes more or less) shots most of the time shooting at steel targets 25ft away. Keep in mind I think im a pretty decent shot with a rifle(100 yards with iron sights isn't too difficult for me) Anyway we went in and shot a smith and wesson 686 in 357 mag and every time I got 6/7 shots at least but usually 7/7 and I was shooting 35ft and 100 ft. I hit a 12 inch target 7 times in a row! So why is it I shoot revolvers alot better than regular semi autos? I do think I need to work on my handgun shooting in general though.


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Old 02-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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How are you shooting the revolver, single action?

How long is the barrel?

Trigger pull and sight radius can have a lot to do with it. Also some folks just slow down and pay attention more with a revolver or any "different" gun that they try.

Ammo could have some effect as well. Many reloads for autos, that ranges sell to be used in rentals, may not be the best.

Some folks just do better with wheel guns.

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How long was the barrel on the revolver?
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some people can shoot revolvers better because they take more time shooting and concentrating on the their shots more than they do with a semi-auto pistol.

maybe the revolver fits your hand better than the semi-autos you have been shooting. the fit of the pistol to your hand has a lot to do with how well you shoot a pistol as well.

there may be many other reasons why you shoot them better too.
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If you want a challenge, try a snub nosed .38 that is double action only.
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Most people shoot most revolvers more accurate than Semi autos.
Semi auto have moving loose barrels and revolvers have fixed barrels.
revolvers have a fixed frame semi auto a sliding frame.

if I have a meeting engagement in open terrain with a .357 mag Revolver vs someone with a semi auto of any caliber its not even a fair fight, they will be inside my effective engagement envelope long before I am in theirs
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You either have a poorly designed, constructed, and/or maintained semi-auto pistol or you aren't really all that great at shooting. It's not a put-down, it's just an observation from watching hundreds of people shoot over the years. I don't drive one type of car better than others and I don't shoot one type of gun better than others.

It took me a long time to become proficient shooting pistols and revolvers and it's not like riding a bike. I was not noticeably more accurate with one operating mechanism or the other. I've yet to pick up a pistol or revolver that can't put all rounds in the cylinder or magazine into a playing card at 15 yards and I've had plenty of people hand me their pistols and revolvers after watching me shoot. I hand them whatever I'm shooting at the time and let them shoot it so they understand that there's no magic weapon out there that aims for you.

You either keep your sights on target while you squeeze the trigger or you don't. It really is that simple. You don't have to "hold it right", you don't have to "use the right stance", and you don't have to "have the right gun". Anyone who believes otherwise doesn't know anything about marksmanship fundamentals and you don't need to take any more instruction from them if they tell you that any of that BS will increase your accuracy because it won't. It may make follow-up shots faster, it may make absorbing the recoil and getting back on target faster or easier, or moving around easier or more comfortable, but it has nothing to do with marksmanship. So, a lighter SA trigger pull on a revolver may make that task easier, but it's still up to you to do just that and only that.

Blaming a certain type of mechanical device for what is largely a matter of how well you control it isn't going to make you a better shooter. Yes, some weapons are intrinsically more accurate than others, but all of them are remarkably accurate, even the cheaply made ones.

Best advice, shoot whatever semi-auto you intend to carry a lot more. It may be faster for some than others, but it took time for me and even after how everything worked became clear in my mind, it still took a lot of practice. All the books in the world describing marksmanship, no matter how well-explained, aren't equivalent to shooting whatever it is you intend to carry.
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Oh and one other thing, I've shot with enough different people to know that there's no rhyme or reason as to who is going to be a good marksman (apart from proper training and a lot of practice). I've shot alongside active SOF guys and teenage girls and I've seen teenage girls who were better marksmen than I and SOF guys who weren't as good a shot as I am on their best day. It doesn't mean that the SOF guys aren't excellent at what they do and they're certainly far better than I in many, many areas that contribute to marksmanship excellence (more physical training, more practice, etc).

I've noticed that the people who excel at marksmanship generally put in a good amount of practice and have had some sort of formal training. In the end, it's all up to you and has almost nothing to do with what you have in your hands.
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6" barrel double and single action.
It was probably because I was pulling of the target at the end of the pull with the other guns because of the longer harder trigger pull im not used to. I usually only shoot rifles, 1911's, or revolvers.


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I think a DA revolver has a pretty darned long trigger pull. Longer than any semi-auto pistol I've shot.
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