Question:improving shooting accuracy?


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Jonah71
March 29, 2011, 12:29 PM
I've been considering buying a .22LR for the range with the idea of improving accuracy with my autoloads. I bought the Glock 23 to use as my main carry gun but have gone back to the old Kimber.45 because I lack the accuracy to feel confident or comfortable with the G 23. Since the basics are the same no matter what the cal., shouldn't I be able to work on my this without breaking the bank on .40, .45acp, or even 9mm rounds. I shoot a lot and can't really afford to work on my grip, stance, style etc. with the larger cals. Of course I understand the need to practice with them regularly, but while working on changes or finding ways to improve my skill level, it seems that I should be able to do this with the much cheaper .22 LR round. That's my theory anyway. Any thoughts on this, or suggestions as to what .22LR to buy for this purpose. Have thought about a Ruger 22 MkII.

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Geckgo
March 29, 2011, 12:31 PM
.22 for practice (and fun, hehehe) is never a bad idea. Have you looked to see if maybe there is a .22 conversion kit for the glock and the kimber?

h-word
March 29, 2011, 12:33 PM
I know there are more than few .22 kits for the Kimbers. It's something I have been looking into myself.

ming
March 29, 2011, 12:35 PM
I've got a Ruger Mark III 22/45 that does the job for me. Fun to shoot at about 1/10 the price of .45 acp. You can certainly work on fundamentals shooting a .22. Trigger control, stance, etc., are the same whichever handgun you shoot. I do think you need to shoot the caliber you intend to use for SD or carry, but I also think the more practice you get shooting the better off you will be. I regularly take the Ruger to the range with either a .45 or 9 mm.

Geckgo
March 29, 2011, 12:45 PM
http://www.glockworld.com/item/34_Advantage_Arms_Barrels__Choke_Tubes_ADVANT_ARMS_CONV_LE19-23_.aspx

There's one for that glock 23, 250 bucks

Not sure what model kimber you have, I assumed a 1911???
http://www.cabelas.com/shooting-gear-kimber-1911-22-rimfire-conversion-kit.shtml

probably around the same price.

These should let you use your current guns with the controls and triggers you are used to and still save money and practice a lot with .22lr rounds.

txhoghunter
March 29, 2011, 01:10 PM
I would say to get a conversion kit as opposed to a dedicated .22 LR pistol. That way you are also getting extra practice in manipulating the gun, which you can never practice too much.

Jonah71
March 29, 2011, 01:14 PM
Geckgo, I checked out the conversion kit on the glockworld site. That may be the thing to do since I plan on carrying the G23 full time. Makes sense to practice with the same gun instead of buying another. (did I just say that??) As for the old kimber, I think I'm out of luck. It's the Kimber BP PRO Ten II mfgd. in 2003 (the one and only year for that particular model) which may be why it was so cheap compared to other Kimber .45's I've seen. It's a bit different. There are no removeable grips, just one lone piece of polymer. Don't get me wrong, I love the gun and I didn't get hurt too much at $500. It's just a bit too large for CCW. Anyway, I'm gonna give serious thought to the .22LR conversion kit for the G 23. thanks all.

Justin
March 29, 2011, 03:06 PM
If you really want to learn to shoot better there are a couple of things you can do:

Get a .22 trainer and shoot it a lot.
Get a shot timer and run dry-fire drills at least two or three times a week.
Start competing. It doesn't matter if you think you aren't good enough to compete. If you compete with other, better, shooters, being around them and talking with them will reduce the amount of time it takes to learn how to shoot well.

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