What am i doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by elglockeroloko30, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. elglockeroloko30

    elglockeroloko30 New Member

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    So i started shooting only 7 months ago. My first guns (bought them just a week apart) were a .45 semi auto and a 2 inch barrel .357, the Taurus 617. At first i was way better with the revolver. Then, when i got my carry permit started carrying more and more, hence practicing more and more with a compact .40 semi auto, to a point that i stoped taking the revolver to the range. So when i decided to finally take it out of the box and shoot it i foud out that i need to aim like an inch lower than where i want to hit. This does not happen with my other revolvers including another .357 with a 6 inch barrel and a .38 with also a 2 inch barrel. So i wonder if im doing something wrong or it is normal with the 617 model(BTW it has fixed sights). Any advice woud be greatly appreciated!
     

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  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It is not uncommon for a gun to have sights that are a little off. If you are hitting right on with the other revolvers, I would bet it is the gun.
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You're not doing anything wrong-
    Its called POA or POI - Different with any gun (OK, many are close but still different) -
    Just get used to the POA or POI of each gun or learn to file or change sights :cool:
     
  4. elglockeroloko30

    elglockeroloko30 New Member

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    And what does it mean? (POA and POI)
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Sorry -
    Point Of Aim
    Point Of Impact
     
  6. elglockeroloko30

    elglockeroloko30 New Member

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    I guess at first it did not happened because as i was learning i anticipated the shots and that's also why i guess i used to shoot low with my semi auto...
     
  7. Bob Wright

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    If you are getting decent groups, you're probably not doing anything wrong. First thing comes to my mind is the ammunition. Switching to different weights of bullets will change your points of impact.

    A lighter bullet weight, say 125 gr. JHP, will hit lower that the 158 gr. bullet. Make sure you're comparing the same ammunition.

    You said you're having to aim an inch low, so you are shooting higher, likely using a heavier bullet.

    Bob Wright
     
  8. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Going out on a limb here but your screen name leads me to suspect that your pistols are Glocks?

    Glock have a much steeper grip angle than any other defensive pistol platform. This forces the Glock shooter to angle thier wrist down slightly to align the sights.

    I'm not a Glock guy but I have seen Glock guys who knock the 10 ring with their pistols, miss low with revolvers AND other pistols.

    Tack
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That little snubbie revolver on the top is a very nice looking gun.
     
  10. elglockeroloko30

    elglockeroloko30 New Member

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    I do own 2 glocks but also own 3 Rugers, a S&W MP and 4 revolvers. The only one giving me trouble is the short barred .357 in the picture, the problem being that I'm missing high.
     
  11. elglockeroloko30

    elglockeroloko30 New Member

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    Thak you, it is also a lot of fun to shoot! Although it is small its recoil is not different from that of a full size .357, since it is also very heavy. The only
    problem is the subject of this thread!
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i would concur that if your groups are consistent, and if it's just the one pistol, either it's the sights that you need to adjust to, or another suggested, the ammo. different ammo can cause it to group differently also. if it's just the one pistol, then i doubt the problem is your shooting skill.
     
  13. lbaize3

    lbaize3 New Member

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    Heavier bullets tend to hit higher. Lighter bullets tend to hit lower. A harder grip can also help lower your point of impact. Shooting revolvers is a bunch different than shooting a semiauto. A different set of gripping and trigger pull skills are used. You have been away from the revolver for a while and your muscle memory skills have gone down. Keep plugging away and practicing with both pistols and you will soon be able to use both interchangeably.
     
  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Remember that the sorter barreled handguns have a shorter sight radius. That makes sight alignment harder.

    Did you buy yours new or used?

    As said before, heavy bullets hit higher than lighter bullets. If the .357 was bought new, then I would check with the manufacturer (front sight is a little low, that raises the POI). If bought used, then try lighter bullets or .38 Specials. If used, someone may have worked on the front sight to get it to hit at POA for their ammo.
     
  15. Werminator

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    Looks to me like that one has a slightly thicker grip with less of a steeped angle. This means you would probably feel the same general angle in your wrist but the barrel would be angled ever so slightly upward...