Best way to test my autoloader's accuracy?(gun rests, lasers, etc)


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CPshooter
December 17, 2008, 03:49 AM
Up until now, I have only owned defensive/polymer type of handguns like Glocks, H&K, etc. I was never too concerned with the exact accuracy capability of my handguns just as long as they were "combat accurate" and I could hit a pop can at 15 yards, but just recently I bought my first 1911 and also learned how to reload ammo. I'm now more interested in how accurate my guns (my 1911 more specifically) can shoot. I want to know exactly where my shots are going when I pull that trigger. It would also be nice to know how much to compensate for at shorter/longer distances.

When I go to the range, I never know EXACTLY where 7, 15, and 25 yards are. I just guess and start shooting. Would a laser range finder be a good way for me to find out exactly how far to shoot from?

As far as gun rests go, I don't know a thing and some suggestions on what setup works well would be great!

Finally, has anyone used a laser bore sight? Is this an accurate way to see where your bullets should hit?

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burningsquirrels
December 17, 2008, 08:32 AM
just use a plain ol' sandbag.

CoRoMo
December 17, 2008, 09:38 AM
As far as distance goes, you can either step it off, measure a piece of line and mark off the distances you'd like, or buy a 250' closed reel measuring tape (<$30) if you'd prefer not to spend the bucks on a range finder and just buy more ammo.

MrIzhevsk
December 17, 2008, 12:46 PM
you could go to an indoor range where they might have distances marked off already on the floor or something?

Drail
December 17, 2008, 04:19 PM
Don't worry too much about actual distance. It's not going to make that much difference under 25 yards. If shooting from a rest do not rest the gun on the rest. Rest your wrists only. The point of impact will be different when the gun is rested. The point of impact will also be different when you are seated and using a rest or standing and shooting with no support. I recommend starting from a rest to get the sights where you want them and then check the point of impact standing unsupported. If you are at a range and see someone who is obviously a GOOD shot ask him to try your gun to see where it hits. He may be able to give you advice on your technique. If there is an NRA course offered in your area sign up for it.

Mat, not doormat
December 18, 2008, 09:12 AM
The best way to test mechanical accuracy, both of gun, load, and gun/load combination is with a machine rest. The ransom rest is probably the industry standard.

For dialing in a load, a chronograph is also invaluable.

~~~Mat

Japle
December 18, 2008, 08:52 PM
Most of the shooters I see at the range aren't good enough to test a pistol's accuracy under the best conditions.

Unless you're capable of shooting good, tight groups on demand from a known-accurate pistol, find someone who can.

Once you see what the gun's potential is, you can work on improving your skill to take advantage of it.
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