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Old 07-14-2010, 03:27 AM   #1
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I've probably been to the range a total of 10-15 times. I've seen many videos on shooting on YouTube from people like Todd Jarret. I've also overheard and imitated what I've heard from instructors at the range. However, I've never had any real one-on-one instruction other than when I first started and the range employee showed me the basics.

Using what I've learned from research and videos, I am now able to shoot 6-10s on the NRA 25 yd. Bullseye at 17-25 yards. I've really focused on my grip, trigger finger, arms/elbows, and stance. Is there anything else I should work on when it comes to being a more accurate shooter? I feel like I've hit a bit of an imrpovement plateau. One thing I don't have much training on is sights. What I usually do is use my left eye to align my target with the center of the 3 dots on my P226's "contrast sights" and then fire. I enjoy shooting every time, but I also like to always be improving.

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Are you right or left handed? Right or left dominant eye? What stance do you use? Grip?

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Best way to improve when new is spend a little money for instruction. While you feel your doing everything right an objective view from an instructor might cure a bad habit before it becomes a hard habit to break. After that shoot often, it's like anyting in life, the more you do it the better you get.

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I've probably been to the range a total of 10-15 times. I've seen many videos on shooting on YouTube from people like Todd Jarret. I've also overheard and imitated what I've heard from instructors at the range. However, I've never had any real one-on-one instruction other than when I first started and the range employee showed me the basics.

Using what I've learned from research and videos, I am now able to shoot 6-10s on the NRA 25 yd. Bullseye at 17-25 yards. I've really focused on my grip, trigger finger, arms/elbows, and stance. Is there anything else I should work on when it comes to being a more accurate shooter? I feel like I've hit a bit of an imrpovement plateau. One thing I don't have much training on is sights. What I usually do is use my left eye to align my target with the center of the 3 dots on my P226's "contrast sights" and then fire. I enjoy shooting every time, but I also like to always be improving.
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Are you right or left handed? Right or left dominant eye? What stance do you use? Grip?
Right handed, left dominant eye, I usually use a pretty relaxed stance (so as to absorb recoil rather than fight it) with my left foot forward, and the grip I use involves wrapping both hands around the pistol and putting my thumbs and hands pretty much as high on the pistol as I can without touching the slide itself. My thumbs I try to keep high and pointing forward. At first I flinched my finger a lot but I'm getting much better at that. One thing that I'm unsure of is how "hard" to grab the pistol when firing. If I hold it loosely like I would a casual item and fire, the gun bucks up more and it feels a little uncomfortable on my wrist. But if I hold it a little tighter, I have more control over it but it tends to be less accurate. Interestingly, some of those times when I've let the gun go and buck up, I've hit a direct bullseye - very accurate.
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Don't know where you live. If you were close, maybe we could get together.

You know those light switches in your house? Do a lot of dry fire on them from different positions and distances (Triple check that the handgun is unloaded!!!).
Bring the handgun up to what you are seeing, don't bring your head down to the sights.

Don't use a "death grip", you'll tire out quicker. Imagine a hammer in you hand. It needs enough looseness to swing, but not enough looseness to fly out of your hand.

Follow the four parts of handgun shooting:
1. Sight alignment (try to keep both eyes open. Your face won't get as tired as trying to keep one eye close. If needed, put a piece of tape on the non-dominant eye safety glasses lens.)
2. Breath control (inhale, exhale a little, hold while pulling trigger, complete exhale, repeat)
3. Pull the trigger (some people say "squeeze the trigger", but you should pull the trigger by moving the trigger finger only. I've seen people try to squeeze the complete grip area when all they should be moving is the trigger finger straight back.)
4. Trigger follow through (until you get practiced enough (you'll know when), release the trigger the same rate you pulled it.)

Repeat the steps, about 15 minutes a day. Muscle memory goes a long way in shooting.

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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I live in California so unless I drive for 3 days, I don't think a meet up is possible, haha. As a quick side-note: Is it safe to dry-fire my Sig Sauer P226? I've heard that dry firing some guns can hurt the firing pin without snapcaps.

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Snap caps should be used. But, you should not have any problems dry firing without them.
I believe that Brownells has the snap caps in your caliber. Google or Bing them.
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I have a lazy right eye so I've had to develop a stance and grip that allows me to shoot right-handed and left-eyed. It took some time to develop and refine but I'm comfortable I can shoot well at reasonable distances...

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A good .22 pistol makes it inexpensive to practice...an inexpensive one like the GSG-1911 or the Puma 1911-22 give one great semi-auto practice, while a single action Heritage revolver will teach "One-Shot Counts" skills better than most.

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