My Latest Range Visit

Texas1911

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May 29, 2017
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Gun: HK USP Compact .357 Sig
Ammo: Speer Lawman TMJ
Range: Red's Indoor - South
Distance: 7 Yards

This is really the first time I've gone out and actually tried to shoot accurately with pistols. I was putting about 2 - 3 seconds before shots, focal point on the front sight. I wasn't paying too much attention to elevation of the rear sight, but more on trigger control.

I shot a tighter group later, but I let a few people shoot the target to try out the gun. This was the first target of the day.

I'm open to ideas. I was shooting with arms completely extended, square to the target, and trying a new grip that aligned the gun with my forearm. Basically I replicated what Todd Jarrett taught in a video. At first it felt awkward, but soon felt much better.

I'm open to ideas / criticism.



 

SIG_Fiend

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I'm really starting to hate polymer frame pistols! ;) They are so light that trigger flinch, your hands shaking, etc seems amplified and seems to throw your shots off even more than a metal frame gun.

Well here was my target from today:

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That's 100rds of 45acp @ 7yds, rapid fire from a Sig P220. I'm no marksman by any standards, and I'm having a tough time holding the grip firmly enough without my hands shaking/wandering with the gun. Any tips for shaky hands? I'm thinking maybe it would help to get one of those gripmaster things from Academy to improve my manual dexterity.
 
Apr 3, 2008
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hope I'm not butting in, but I need critiquing more than you guys, anyway!!!
this was 350-400rds, can't remember how many boxes of ammo I walked in there with. :scratches head:

but, I'm in serious need of help, so puh-lease, fire away! ;)
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Texas1911

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You got flyers which look mostly like anticipation flinch (pitching the gun up). The other shots look like trigger pulls. Try slowing down your trigger action, and letting the shot break smoothly. That's the majority of what causes my shots to go off center as well.

What range (in yards) is that at?
 
Apr 3, 2008
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Seven.


Try not to bust a gut at my expense. It's the fourth time I've ever shot anything. I definitely got sloppy at the end... still had steam to burn off, and only one more relay. I also caught myself trying to correct my previous shot, instead of trying to group them together. Hard not to, but I shall try again tomorrow. Thanks for the tips! :D
 

Gopher

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HK and Micro: We all get hung up on the one hole group thing. Don't.;)
Cut the 8 ring out of that B27 or hold that shoot and see up to your chest or head. Where are the majority of the holes? In the "kill" zone right? Close enough for government work in the real world.

If you have a .22 start your range work with that. Work on sight picture, trigger control, and breathing. After you get warmed up move over to your primary weapon. Start close and slow working on the same things you did with the .22. Move everything out as you progress. How do you get to Bass Hall, practice, practice, practice.:D
 

Texas1911

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As I've told people before... everyone becomes good through practice. Those guys out winning championships don't have just a year of standing on a range. They have years, upon years of practice, and alot of natural talent.

Small steps forward will get you farther than one giant leap.

Tiff, you don't shoot badly at all. You have a nice group dead center of the target. I constantly see people at the range that are lucky to hit the target at 7 yards. I mean I've seen tighter groups from a 5" sawed off blunderbuss loaded with birdshot at 20 yards compared to what these guys can do. You have no reason to be discouraged about your performance.
 

plexreticle

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But I don't wanna be good enough for gov't work! I want to be GOOD! :)

I found any kind of match shooting: idpa, bullseye, silhouette or whatever will improve your skills faster than anything. If your new to shooting, the first match you compete in will teach you more in 1 day than a year of solo practice.
 

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