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Terrible shot!

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by CodyK, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. CodyK

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    I am pretty new to guns. A few weeks ago I got my first handgun, a Ruger Security 9mm, and have been to the range several times. I enjoy the hell outta shooting it, but I am a terrible shot! I don’t know if it’s my grip or what. I will be consistently low for 4 or 5 shots (I think I am aiming dead center of the target) and then I will hit 1 or 2 dead center. But I love practicing and ammo is cheap, so hopefully I’ll get more consistent!


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  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

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    Practice.
    Squeeze the trigger slowly.

    Repeat.
     
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  4. Mikewood

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    Try the ball and dummy drill.
    Take three or four magazines. Load one with a live round the rest with snap caps. Place them in a shooting bag. Shake the bag. Now without looking at the gun load it with a mag from the bag. Focus on the front sight and press the trigger. Did you flinch? If so it’s low and left. Dry fire 25 times. Now unload and repeat the exercise until you don’t flinch.
     
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  5. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban

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    How new is the pistol? I've had a few unfired that took over 50 rounds to shoot to point of aim. What ammo? Specifically what weight of bullet? Contrary to popular belief, a light and fast bullet will hit lower than a heavy and slow bullet. (This applies to handguns only).

    Now that equipment has been addressed. Shooting pistols is not difficult, but it can be if you are nervous or just plain trying too hard. It's an acquired skill, and a diminishing skill for most everyone. Granted, I've seen a few first time shooters who just line up the sights and punch bullseyes.

    Just keep shooting. If Ben English posts in here. Pay attention.
     
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  6. Dawico

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    Eyes on the front sight at all times.

    Press the trigger slowly and follow through.

    Aimed dry fire is your best friend right now.
     
  7. CodyK

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    I thought I threw that target out before anyone could see it!!! Low and left, that sums it up!!! Gun is 3 weeks old. Been to the range 4 times. About 2-300 rounds through it. Shooting Winchester 115 grain I believe. The cheap ones. 500 rounds for $99



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  8. ZX9RCAM

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    For a right handed shooter, low and to the left usually means anticipating recoil.
     
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  9. Byrd666

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  10. Glenn B

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    If you are ever in the Texarkana area, send me a PM. I have been a certified firearms instructor for many years and will go to the range with you and help you out. Of course, it probably would be much more practical and timely for you to seek out a qualified instructor in your area who teaches a basic pistol course. I recommend an NRA certified instructor. Not only will you be taught the basics of actually shooting but you will get some good info about firearms safety as well. As for continuing to practice, without the benefit of having been instructed in proper techniques, you run the risk of continually practicing the wrong technique(s) and that will not help improve your shooting. Good luck with it, whatever you decide.
     


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