I'm mostly overy my forty caliber flinch. With my Witness Stock I can put all the rounds into a tight cluster at 25 feet inside a 3" circle.
At 50 feet the group is bigger but still not too bad. I'm using bargain basement ammo.
With 2 other .40s I'm not too bad. Worse groups but they have seriously heavy triggers.
Now we get to my XD SC .40.
The groups shoot to the left. Today I was testing it with three flavors of ammo. I can make not terrible groups with it, even with the miniscule barrel and sight radius, but the whole group from each of the three is left of point of aim.
I'm fairly sure this is not totally shooter error. If ALL the rounds are landing left of where the sights line up I am pretty sure it is the sight needing some adjustment, right?
Is there a special sight pusher for XDs?
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September 9, 2006, 10:17 PM
down and to the left usually means jerking.
September 9, 2006, 11:11 PM
That's just it. It's not DOWN and left. It's just left.
Changing ammo and bullet weight does change point of impact. Some land higher (bullet weight change/ammo loaded to different pressure). Always left of point of aim. All of them, no matter how slowly I squeeze the trigger.
One time I shifted point of aim and brought the rounds onto the center of a target by aiming-off.
September 10, 2006, 01:14 AM
I suspect, based on what you say, that it is a shooting problem. With a consistent pattern to the left a very likely thing is not getting enough of your finger on the trigger. Get the trigger finger on the trigger just at the edge of your joint but, of course, not on the joint. I was shooting left and a cowboy action shooter who is very good pointed this out to me and it corrected a great deal. I was shooting in this manner with a Ruger 45 LC and three different Beretta 9mm autos and with two different SW 357 DAs using both 357 and 38 ammo.
September 10, 2006, 01:18 AM
What Moewale said...
September 10, 2006, 02:00 AM
Whenever I suspect a problem is the pistol and not me, I let someone else fire it; preferably a firearms instructor or someone else more experienced than I. In every case where I've done this, the other person planted the first shot at point of aim. The problem I tend to have is that I have to get used to a different grip. I used to shoot only 1911s and my S&W M19 until my brother passed and left me his USP. Took me some time to "find the spot." Now I have an XD40 to contend with. I haven't fired it yet, but I'm hoping that Springfield's claim that it is a "point and shoot" device is true for me.
I'll keep moewadle's advice in mind when I take it out the first time.