My 1911 shoots low.


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C-grunt
February 6, 2006, 04:38 PM
I have a Springfield 1911 that shoots about 2 inches low at 10 yards. It doesnt have adjustable sights. Is there any way I can fix this without buying new sights.

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1KPerDay
February 6, 2006, 04:40 PM
I have a Springfield 1911 that shoots about 2 inches low at 10 yards. It doesnt have adjustable sights. Is there any way I can fix this without buying new sights.
Try some faster ammo for starters. If you've been using 230-grain, try some fast 185 grains and see if that helps.

All-Around-Shooter
February 6, 2006, 04:41 PM
Mine used to shoot low too, Then I stopped flinching...

308win
February 6, 2006, 04:42 PM
Try some faster ammo for starters. If you've been using 230-grain, try some fast 185 grains and see if that helps.
Actually, it is just the opposite. Heavier slower round = more recoil = higher POI

rero360
February 6, 2006, 04:55 PM
I'm experiencing the same thing, mine shoots 3 inches low at 15 meters from a supported position, I just sent any email to springfield about what to do.

it shoots to the right too, I tried to adjust the rear sight to fix that but all I ended up doing was bending the brass drift that I was using, so that rear sight isn't going anywhere.

Wastemore
February 6, 2006, 05:17 PM
My Micro, Ultra and Champion all do the exact same thing..That is, until I figured out that you must cover the target with your sight, don't put the top of the site on the bottom of the target.. Cover it! It'll fix your problem.

ziadel
February 6, 2006, 05:42 PM
does your pistol have a flat mainspring housing?

Shalako
February 6, 2006, 05:48 PM
My Springfield used to do that too. So I painted a white dot on the front sight and would center the dot on the target and problem solved, kind of like what Wastemore was recommending.

Now I have new sights though and it doesn't need a white dot.

Ankeny
February 6, 2006, 05:51 PM
Here's what I did with my last Springfield. I sent the slide to SA and they installed the tallest front sight possible and returned it to me. I then filed the sight down to suit me and sent the slide back to SA. They installed a new finished sight that height.

Black Majik
February 6, 2006, 05:55 PM
Actually SA's shooting low has been a common occurence. You can contact Springfield Armory about this, they'll ask you to send in your pistol for a new front sight.

This was a usual occurrence with the Loaded and TRP's.

There are more posts over at www.1911forum.com under the SA forum. I hope that helps you with your situation.

Good luck

1KPerDay
February 6, 2006, 06:35 PM
Actually, it is just the opposite. Heavier slower round = more recoil = higher POI
Really? I thought the bullet had exited the barrel well before the muzzle started to rise. In fact, that's the only way it makes sense.

In any case, I've noticed that on my other semi-autos, ammo choice definitely makes a difference in POI. Perhaps I got it backwards as you suggest.

308win
February 6, 2006, 07:16 PM
Really? I thought the bullet had exited the barrel well before the muzzle started to rise. In fact, that's the only way it makes sense.

In any case, I've noticed that on my other semi-autos, ammo choice definitely makes a difference in POI. Perhaps I got it backwards as you suggest.
The muzzle will start to rise before the bullet exits the slower/heavier the round the more the effect. Doesn't seem possible but tis true.

1KPerDay
February 7, 2006, 02:17 PM
The muzzle will start to rise before the bullet exits the slower/heavier the round the more the effect.
Hmmm... I'll have to trust you on that. :) I presume this would be the same for rifles? Are you saying that heavier/slower bullets will impact _higher_ than lighter/faster bullets in rifles if all else is identical? I seem to remember looking at a ballistics chart and the heavier/slower loads all had more drop at a given distance. But again, I may be remembering incorrectly. Logically, it makes sense to me that a heavy/slow bullet will have more drop at a given distance than a light/fast bullet, but then I've never been able to figure out why cold water in a pot supposedly boils faster than starting with hot water, either.:D

bdutton
February 7, 2006, 02:28 PM
I have a Springfield 1911 that shoots about 2 inches low at 10 yards. It doesnt have adjustable sights. Is there any way I can fix this without buying new sights.

Get one of these:

http://www.ajaxgrips.com/0/ajax/psi/images/01/100.jpg

You will be much better off if you did.

http://www.ajaxgrips.com/ajax/psi

308win
February 7, 2006, 04:37 PM
Hmmm... I'll have to trust you on that. :) I presume this would be the same for rifles? Are you saying that heavier/slower bullets will impact _higher_ than lighter/faster bullets in rifles if all else is identical? I seem to remember looking at a ballistics chart and the heavier/slower loads all had more drop at a given distance. But again, I may be remembering incorrectly. Logically, it makes sense to me that a heavy/slow bullet will have more drop at a given distance than a light/fast bullet, but then I've never been able to figure out why cold water in a pot supposedly boils faster than starting with hot water, either.:D
Since rifles are typically shot at longer distances and higher velocities the effect is not a dramatic but it does factor into your poi.

Moonclip
February 7, 2006, 05:37 PM
I have a Springfield 1911 that shoots about 2 inches low at 10 yards. It doesnt have adjustable sights. Is there any way I can fix this without buying new sights.
Aim higher:)

308win
February 7, 2006, 06:01 PM
Since rifles are typically shot at longer distances and higher velocities the effect is not a dramatic but it does factor into your poi.
Edited to add: I have never shot a rifle at typical pistol distances but I would expect the same effects if I did.

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