XDM aiming issue

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by S4LK1N, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. S4LK1N

    S4LK1N New Member

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    I bought my XDM 40 new a short while ago and I am having trouble with aiming it properly. I keep naturaly aiming low (about 2 inches) and when I try to compensate, I am 2 inches high. Its my first pistol so maybe im not squeezing the trigger right but I cant seem to find the sweet spot. Anyone have any tips for a novice handgun owner looking to improve on his accuracy?

    I am deadly accurate with my Remington 870 shotgun so I know im not blind :D I think there might be a fundamental technique in handgun accuracy that im missing completly.


    (if its relevent... I'm a left-handed shooter.) Only issue with my XDM 40 is that it doesnt have ambidextrious slide release.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    If your windage is good and you're only two inches low you're off to a good start. Keep practicing your Target acquisition and you'll get it.
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Could be trigger control-
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  4. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Most likely is trigger control. I'm always amazed with the amount of people that don't know how to squeeze a trigger correctly.

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  5. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Who isn't deadly accurate with a shotgun. Lol.

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  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Here's a good video from one of the best. You may also want to explore the proper techniques for stance, grip, sighting and triggering. Being accurate with a handgun is a whole lot different than a shotgun...not even sure what accurate with a shotgun looks like...:)

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa50-plo48[/ame]
     
  7. chazzy

    chazzy New Member

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    I went to the range this morning and blew away 200 rounds with my xd9sc....in the manual and from what I've heard from people on this forum, I am suppose to aim at the 6:00 position of the bulls-eye.....well I found out that at 10yrds/30ft, I'm dead on if I cover up the center of the bull with the front sight. Ate the hell out of 3 bullseyes
     
  8. Gonzilla

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    I used to shoot skeet, and you'd be amazed how easy it is miss. Pick your head up or failure to keep the barrel moving and it's time to consult the infamous "Big Book of Excuses." Shoot enough and you'll have a multi-volume set. :D
     
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  9. S4LK1N

    S4LK1N New Member

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    Thanks guys! I'll get to practicing.
     
  10. ZombieBrawler

    ZombieBrawler New Member

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    I really think it could be a grip and position issue that was mine with the xdm .45. I shot 2-3" low at 20/25 yards. Fixed it by stance, leaning into it a little, and was showed a proper grip for a semi auto. Suckers on point now. And im a leftie as well. Follow that advise posted before me on grip and practice that often. Its like learning proper grip for a knife, weird the first few times, but once you get used to it and practice it, its second nature and is all sorts of benefit :)
     
  11. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Brother shoots a 45 xd, he was low about 3 inches at 10 yards. He could shoot my compact 1911 dead on. Worked on his stance like stated above, is spot on out to about 20 now.
     
  12. oli700

    oli700 New Member

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    Apparently you and anyone else who thinks a shotgun is a sure thing.
     
  13. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    XDs are sighted factory for a 6 o'clock hold, as mentioned. Instead of POA/POI, the top of your sights are POI.

    Imagine your sight picture....instead of putting the FSP "dot" on the impact area, the top plane of the sight will be just below the impact area.

    Check your manual for graphic illustrations. Mine took some getting used to but is deadly accurate once I did.
     
  14. LikeABoss

    LikeABoss Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It too me about 300 rounds with my new XDm a few weeks back to feel good about my accuracy, after my first 100 rounds I thought my new gun was broken! My problem was clearly my pull, it's different than any of my other 4 guns, i had a lot of problems getting used to it, now that I am used to it, love it. Still think I might get some work done on it. My favorite trigger pull is on my Beretta PX4......butter. Keep shooting!
     
  15. Gonzilla

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    Brother, you are not alone ! It took me a long time & over 700 rds to warm up to my XDM. I came from a hammer fired environment - (Colt & HK) and it's not an easy transition. As Ringo put it, "Ya know it don't come easy."
     
  16. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Sighting problem

    I suggest you put up a blank square or rectangle piece of black card board with nothing on it.
    Art paper from the 5 and dime will do. You want black so you will not see where you are shooting.
    Put up your target. 30 ft at least. Now aim at what you think is the center of the paper target. Squeeze the trigger, let the gun go off, don't make the gun go off. Do not look to see where the shots are going. Do this for about 10 rounds. Now go to your target and see what kind of pattern you have. If your shots are grouped, you are doing fine. If they are scattered, then most likely its your trigger pull.
    The idea is, a lot of people with new guns put up targets and try to force the trigger when they have the bullseye in view because they worry about drifting off target.
    This will give you a good foundation of what you are doing.
     
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  17. S4LK1N

    S4LK1N New Member

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    The weather has been awful lately so when it clears up Im gonna get out there. hopefully a 100 rds or so will let me know what I need to work on.