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Old 06-20-2008, 19:39   #1
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So I was out at the range today and was out at the 25 yrd line. Things didnt work out well. Anybody think a match grade barrel might help out some? I think part of the trouble was me. All of my shots were farther to the left than I was aiming. And I had this with another gun too. How can it be corrected...or should I just aim over to the right?

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Sounds like trigger control to me. Try some dry fire practice. Put a sticker or something on the wall and at 10 yards line up your sights and (MAKE SURE THE GUN IS UNLOADED)pull the trigger. Watch your sights, the goal is to not have any movement when the shot breaks. 10 minutes a day will should do it. You will be amazed with the results.

P.S. This will not hurt your gun. Modern firearms will handle this all day long.
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Make your focus seeing the sight picture immediately before, at, and immediately after let-off. If your groups are tight but consistently left of your poa (if you are a right handed shooter) in addition to the diagnostic you could have problems in your sight alignment. You should have your front sight in sharp focus, the target and rear sight will be slightly out of focus.
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All good suggestions above, you might also want to put snap cap dummy rnds in different orders of a few mags.-You'll see right away if you're flinching before the gun reports (you'll also gain practice with clearing a dud rnd).
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You can also start out dry firing with a small coin sitting on the slide. If it falls off you're jerking it.
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Originally Posted by 3GUNNAH View Post

P.S. This will not hurt your gun. Modern firearms will handle this all day long.
I was always told never to dry fire a weapon in fear of damaging the firing pin. But judging by what i have read, it seems that everyone agrees that it is OK to dry fire a gun... right???
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I was always told never to dry fire a weapon in fear of damaging the firing pin. But judging by what i have read, it seems that everyone agrees that it is OK to dry fire a gun... right???
Depends on if the pin strikes something solid when the hammer falls mostly. Rimfires are often a no-no unless the maker says otherwise. There is nothing but (hopefully) empty chamber ahead of the 1911 FP and if you've checked out how far the pin can go forward, plenty of slack along with a rebound spring. Some rifle pins have a tail or flange that bangs against something to limit travel and those might be a problem also. The warning should probably read "Don't dry-fire unless it is known to be permissible for that particular firearm."
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Originally Posted by markw76 View Post
Depends on if the pin strikes something solid when the hammer falls mostly. Rimfires are often a no-no unless the maker says otherwise.
That answers my question. Thanks!
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Maybe I should have qualifed this statement. Most modern combat style centerfire handguns and rifles are ok to dryfire practice with. I would agree with Markw76 That rimfire guns are not so dry fire friendly. Sorry for any confusion.
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A few thoughts:

1) It is not the RIA and adding/changing parts before you find the problem, only throws money at a problem that may not be there.

2) Dry firing an RIA does not harm it. I bought one specifically for dry firing and in over three thousand cycles, I've had zero problems.

3) If you are Right handed, AND the shots were also a little low, you are pushing as you yank the trigger (anticipating the recoil). A LOT of dry fire practice will help quite a bit.

4) Take a close look at where your finger is on the trigger. Then watch the Todd Jarrett video and pay close attention to what he says about the finger on the trigger.
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Old 11-18-2008, 13:54   #12
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i've watched this video like 15 times already. I keep these in mind when I shoot and for dry firing. Also I like the article on handgun shooting by Massad Ayoob

http://www.gunthorp.com/how%20to%20s...%20handgun.htm

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I did the same thing and I was told to not rape my thumb around when gripping the gun. stick it out and pull straight back on the trigger.My shots improved.
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Originally Posted by collegeb View Post
So I was out at the range today and was out at the 25 yrd line. Things didnt work out well. Anybody think a match grade barrel might help out some? I think part of the trouble was me. All of my shots were farther to the left than I was aiming. And I had this with another gun too. How can it be corrected...or should I just aim over to the right?

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Old 11-08-2009, 08:48   #16
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also helps to shoot from a bench to eliminate tremmers.you can then consentrate on sight picture and trigger squeeze.
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