Curious. After owning and shooting my .357 GP100, I find


September 24, 2003, 12:39 AM
My groups have tightened up when shooting my HK USP9C. :confused:
Maybe it's recoil that I'm less subconsciously afraid of or fighting. :scrutiny:

Anyone else experienced this?

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Black Snowman
September 24, 2003, 12:54 AM
My handgun shooting improved noticabley after I had put a couple hundrad rounds through my Desert Eagle .50

After shooting a handgun that loaded weighs as much as an unloaded M4 and spouts 3 feet of flame my tendency to flich shooting my .40 Glock, my .357 Revolver, and .40 USP C seemed to just disapear :D

BUT I had to get to the level where I could handle the .50 without flinching or being afraid of it before I realized those benefits. Now instead of noticing the blast from my other handguns I notice things like my grip shifting between shots, trigger finger position, and other details that were lost to me before worrying about the comming noise, flash, and movement.

I'll even shoot the .50 one handed now on occasion. Although that makes my palm sore after a few shots. Haven't shot it off-hand yet. Maybe next time I'm at the range :evil:

September 24, 2003, 01:16 PM
Interesting.. This makes me think of a training technique that I read about here: in the 'correcting blinking' paragraph..

Here is a method (Sandy Wylie's) to correct blinking. You have to relax the shooter to the point where she can keep relaxed and absorb the visual and physical input from the gun. This method is the short route; the real answer is a Zen-type awareness.

If you have a safe berm that you can get close to, get within 5 yards. You want to shoot into the berm without a formal target to get comfortable with the gun. If you shoot iron sights, try just looking over the top of the gun instead of at the sights. Wear plugs and muffs to reduce the noise problem. You might find it of benefit to start with a .22 as well. To help in keeping relaxed, try to keep your facial muscles relaxed. Monitor this closely. I work on relaxing the muscles behind my ears for best relaxation and awareness. Use a relaxed grip on the gun and eventually work with weak and strong hand shooting. Repeat until you are comfortable keeping your eyes open while looking over the sights, firing downrange into the berm without a specific target.

Once you can keep your eyes open for the complete cycle, start watching the sights and monitoring yourself closely. If you are blinking, go back to no target and looking over the gun. After you have achieved the ability to keep your eyes open and relax, you will find a tremendous increase in awareness.
Credits to: Sandy Wylie.

This little trick has noticably improved my shooting.. It just made me more comfortable with what is going to happen when it goes 'boom'..

It sounds like your experiences with the larger calibers have accomplished basically the same thing.. :cool:

stay safe!!


September 24, 2003, 07:04 PM
Kind of like a baseball player practicing with a heavier bat or a boxer sparring with heavier gloves.

September 26, 2003, 11:55 PM
Interesting concept. I've noticed that after shooting .357 a couple times in a row, I was shooting .45ACP a lot better.

I guess it's time to buy that .44 Magnum so I can get good with the .357. Then later I can justify a .454 so I can get good with the .44 and a .50S&W so I can get good with the .454

I can see how this can spiral out of control! :D

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