Need help correcting a habit....part 2


February 26, 2013, 07:42 PM
So, a couple of weeks out, this is where I find myself.

With the encouragement and good advice of Trent, 9mmepiphany and others, I have made some adjustments. For the last two weeks I have fired 100 carefully executed rounds per day and in the last week have begun to add double taps and multiple targets. I have adopted the isosceles stance and have adapted my grip as suggested. After these efforts, I still find my shots landing to the left when I get lazy. I have found that by applying more grip with my left hand, the situation corrects itself. With this in mind, I can see that my muscle memory is building, and can feel when a bad shot goes that I need increase my left hand grip slightly. Still miles to go before this thing is mastered, but I can tell that things are heading in the right direction, and my speed is increasing noticeably. Not that I will ever pose a threat to you guys, but improvement is evident. Yesterday I even had to adjust the sights on a favorite revolver, which I had not shot since beginning this exercise, to place the bullets a bit further to the left, which makes me think this process is taking hold.

Thanks to all of you, there is a lot of knowledge on this site!

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February 26, 2013, 09:11 PM
Good to hear, I've been paddling in the same boat. Hope to have your good results!

chris in va
February 27, 2013, 12:43 AM
I feel you are over-analyzing things. I can relate as I tend to do it as well.

Really it's simple. Relax, line up your sights and disconnect your brain from the rest of your body...except your trigger finger . Visualize just your finger pulling back on the trigger. Voila.

February 27, 2013, 01:39 AM
It's hard to analyze stuff like this over the webz. But it almost sounds like you're using your left hand to compensate for a remaining amount of bad habit.

If you've truly got the idea then you should be able to shoot one handed with both the strong and weak hand and do decently well. You groups might open up a little at this stage in your experience but they should not strike the target to the right or left. If you can't shoot one handed and have the hits be grouped around your aiming point then clearly you are still pushing the gun to the side in some manner.

I believe more than one or two posts from the previous thread mentioned dry firing. If you dry fire while focusing on the sight picture you shouldn't see the front sight jump within the rear sight's notch at all when the trigger breaks. If it jumps to the right or left then your grip and/or trigger finger pressure are pushing the gun.

Try some one handed dry firing first to see if you've actually got it or if you are relying on your left hand fighting the right to compensate.

February 27, 2013, 12:49 PM
Good advice, thank You. In terms of dry fire, I have installed a laser on a similar hand gun and use it for dry fire practice. I am to the point that I can hold it on target through the shot....again, if I don't get lazy with my left hand. Over analyzing is one of my favorite things to do, so I am not ruling it out. I decided essentially to "rebuild my swing", to borrow a term from the golfers. Changing my stance at the same time I changed other things, I think, has helped change my whole thought process. Going to put serious effort into the single hand idea today, I have not tried it at all yet so thanks for the idea. The process continues, but I have not pulled one into the 8 ring in the last 10 or so days.

February 27, 2013, 07:23 PM
Really it's simple. Simple doesn't necessarily make it easy.

February 28, 2013, 06:47 AM
Agreed, shooting is very simple in concept. Align the sights, and squeeze the trigger without disturbing that alignment. Simple enough to say, much more difficult to master.

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