Mediocre day at the range


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The Undertoad
April 24, 2004, 05:16 PM
I went shooting with some friends today. I'm not sure why, but I performed poorly in my opinion. Maybe it was just a bad day. I began with my CZ 452 (22lr bolt action) shooting playing cards at 25 yd. I moved back to 50 yd. after shooting 5 rounds each at the first 6 cards. I was shooting OK groups but not great at 25 yards. The first group was high and left and huge, like 3" across, but each group thereafter tightened up a bit, until the last one was about 1.5" with a flyer. But once I went to 50 yds. it was terrible. I was not getting most of the rounds on the cards, I would say 2/3 of them were a few inches to the left, spread out a bit. I wish I had saved the cardboard I was using as a backstop. For comparison, I am used to grouping about 1" or a bit less at 25 yards (not a great shooter yet but working on it).

I have noticed that I have begun to group left with most guns! It began with my 1911, grouping mostly high and left. Now I'm doing it with almost all my guns (except my Marlin 336 for some reason). I think it is my trigger pull, but I'm not sure! Anyone have any ideas? :(

I have been thinking about getting a SAR 1, and saw a guy shooting one. I talked about it with him briefly, he said he really liked it but was selling it to buy another rifle. I wish I had asked him if I could shoot a few rounds and gotten his phone number, but I was in a hurry. Oh well.

Other than the fact that I wasn't getting much accuracy out of shooting, I had a lot of fun. We brought with us:

CZ 452
Marlin 336
Bushmaster AR-15
CETME
Colt 1911
SW1911
Ruger (P89? 9mm, fullsize pistol, double action trigger)

I have to admit that for the first time, just for fun, I shot two pistols simultaneously, one in each hand (the 1911's) :o The accuracy was beyond terrible, which I had expected, but it was fun. I felt very silly though. :)

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pittspilot
April 24, 2004, 05:18 PM
Sounds better then my mediocre weekend writing papers for law school and studying.

The Undertoad
April 24, 2004, 05:20 PM
True, even a mediocre day at the range is a pretty good day comparatively speaking. :) I have to go to work in about 20 minutes though. ;)

TimRB
April 24, 2004, 08:01 PM
"True, even a mediocre day at the range is a pretty good day comparatively speaking."

As it happens, I just got back from a range trip today. Shot my "new" K31 and VZ24. With my crappy eyes I can't shoot well with open sights any more, and also my shoulder hurts. Boy, do I feel great.

Tim

ducktapehero
April 24, 2004, 08:35 PM
If I shoot mediocre I'm a happy man. As long as I'm shooting. It's been a while, my 45 is getting lonely.

XLMiguel
April 24, 2004, 09:43 PM
A bad day at the range is better than a good day at the office, yes?

The Undertoad
April 25, 2004, 03:33 AM
I think I just needed you all to put me in the right perspective. I'll shoot better next weekend. As is, I had a lot of fun with my firearms and my friends. :D

GUNSMOKE45441
April 25, 2004, 09:15 AM
Sounds like you may be putting too much finger on the trigger, in effect pushing the gun out of alignment.

Same thing with the rifle your trigger finger should have no contact with the stock . Try it I think you'll be amazed at the difference.

I know I was.

Good shootin.
Gunsmoke45441

spartacus2002
April 25, 2004, 02:12 PM
Try dryfire drills, see if you are flinching. Especially with a DA revolver, as no need to recock hammer. You learn amazing things about yourself...

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