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Yes, get some instruction by all means. They say practice makes perfect, I don't, I state perfect practice makes perfect.
Here is another hint when shooting single action revolvers. As you stated, y'all are shooting the colt scout, it does not have adjustable sights. Sight alignment as follows,,,,,BURY the front sight into the grooved rear sight that is on top of the frame or receiver. From there you are to focus only on the very top edge of the front sight, the target will be fuzzy or out of focus.
Remember, you will only see very little of the front sight, this is the starting point to see were the gun wants to shoot to, also known as sight picture vs. point of impact. This must be known before you can make any type of shooter adjustments. Now here is the kicker,,,,,,,, you only have the front sight basically to work with,,,,and it is used for the up/down (elevation) of the shot strings on the target. Seeing a little more front sight means point of impact will be higher on the target. In the cowboy days they would file down or add too the front sight to get this elevation adjustment to their liking. I have even seen some firearms that have had the whole front sight removed, that is because, that is how the gun wanted to shoot to. Shooter would set his eye on the very end of the muzzle.
Once we have all this under control, how is the time to work on the left/right (windage) part of the shot strings on the target. Some will use what is called Kentucky windage,,,,say the shots are 2 inches to the right on center, they will know to then aim 2 inches to the left of center to put the shot dead center of the target. Some shooters have been known to bend the front sight one way or the other so they don't have to this sight alignment. There are others that will align the front sight to the right or left of the rear sight groove, the out come will be the same. Now there are also handguns that don't have per say adjustable rear sights (up,down,right,left) but the sight is in a slot that you can drift with a punch right or left.
General Rules of sight adjustments: REAR sight, move in the same direction as the hits on target. If the FRONT sight has adjustment, move the sight in the opposite direction of the hits on the target.
Hope this will help you out, as I said in the beginning perfect practice makes perfect, if you are just having a bad day out at the range,,,,,things just not going right etc.,,,,,shots hitting all over the place,,,,,,,,stop, call it a day, save your ammo, and wait for a better day to work on these fundamentals. Have fun and please enjoy the shooting sports.
Here is the key points when adjusting sights: with
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