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1911 shoots dead on and Glocks shoot to the Left?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Johnny Lightning, May 15, 2012.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Well-Known Member

    I was an indoor range today and got a chance to shoot a rental Kimber 1911 target along w/ my glock 26. I first shot my glock and was shooting consistently to the left. I then shot the kimber and was dead on. This got me thinking since I also own a G17 that consistently shot left till I moved the sights and I own a springfield loaded that I shoot dead on. Is there something I should adjust in my grip or is it just the fact that the grip is fatter on the glocks and therefore I hold it differently which forces me to shoot left?
  2. Old Shooter

    Old Shooter Well-Known Member

    Glocks were designed in Austria, isn't that a left-leaning country?
  3. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    Common malady for new Glock shooters. Work on grip and trigger control. Don't use much finger on the trigger.
  4. SigMic

    SigMic Well-Known Member

    As Hentown said, grip and trigger.

    It's much easier to shoot a 1911 well than it is most other firearms, due to light, creepfree triggers and heavier weight.
  5. hogshead

    hogshead Well-Known Member

    Do you shoot right handed ?
  6. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Hard to say until we've seen the grip you're using...but it does sound like your grip.

    The 1911's shorter trigger masks a lot of flaws in technique
  7. the duck of death

    the duck of death Active Member

    Learn how to do a trigger job. My Glocks have 2lb triggers. They DO NOT shoot to the left.;)
  8. jfrey

    jfrey Well-Known Member

    Very common situation. I did the same when I got my G19. Got new set of sights on the Glock and ran a couple thousand rounds through it and things are much improved. The funny thing is: those who have limited shooting experience don't seem to have this problem very much. Those of us who have shot the 1911 for years seem to have the most problem. It's like trying to drive a tank like a Ferrari. They can get to the same place but in very different handling modes.
  9. Ex

    Ex Well-Known Member

    I pushed the sight on my G22 just a smidge. Now it goes exactly where I want it to.

    G20 and G29 were fine.
  10. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    My G22 always shot to the right *if I wasn't careful about grip*. I have very large, but fairly thin, hands. I can wrap my fingers all the way around a glock and close the heel of my thumb over the tips of my fingers, but the inside of my palm doesn't make very solid contact with the flat right-hand side of the grip. If I grab one quickly, I tend to do just that - grab up on it. As a result, when I straighten my arm and wrist, the gun is rotated slightly in my grip. It's not a problem of the gun, it's a problem of the shooter (in my case, at least). The Hogue wrap-around rubber things help me slightly, but training through the problem is the only real, permanent solution. I sold mine last time I moved overseas, and never bothered to reaqcuire one, knowing that the grips present me with difficulty.
    I'd suggest two things: a) evaluate your grip on the thing, and b) consider having a friend or two shoot it. If they don't notice it shooting to the left, it's not likely the gun, just you. If it IS the gun, THEN think about drifting the sights a bit.
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  11. xXxplosive

    xXxplosive Well-Known Member

    Much better trigger on that 1911...........glock triggers are their safety feature.....tough and tougher.
  12. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member


    You may have to move your rear sight to the right a little to change the point of impact.
  13. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Well-Known Member

    I shoot right handed and shoot all my guns spot on w/ out adjusting the sights except my glocks. I have a .357 revolver, .22 auto, lcp, 1911, and the 2 glocks. I think the next time i am at the indoor range i will rent an m&p 9mm and see if my accuracy improves w/ a diff. Striker fired polymer pistol.
  14. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Well-Known Member

    Do any of the aftermarket glock triggers have almost no take-up and a crisp trigger like a 1911? Prob not but i had to ask.
  15. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    You haven't shot a 1911 enough to flinch yet.

    as long as the sights are zeroed properly, almost all pistol shooting problems involve trigger control.

    do the glock sights shoot dead on from a ransom rest?
  16. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Wrap more finger around the Glock's trigger.
  17. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Check the Glock from a rest, and ideally with more than one shooter. If it consistently hits left, then drift the rear sights to compensate.

    If it's only shooting left freehand, or only for you, then its trigger control and/or grip. I'd personally say to get some snap caps do do dryfire practice in that case. Practice acquiring targets (I use posters on the wall) and snapping on them, taking note not to flinch or jerk the trigger. Smooth, consistent pull that doesn't disrupt the muzzle.
  18. coalman

    coalman Well-Known Member

    1911 SA triggers are more forgiving. Glocks are harder to shoot well. Pushing left is common for a righty and the reverse for lefties. Ergonomics matter, too. No way around it.
  19. NYH1

    NYH1 Well-Known Member

    Move the rear sight to the right until it shoots where you want/need it to shoot and be done with it. I've have to make sight adjustments on most of the firearms I've owned. No biggy.

    Good luck, NYH1.
  20. Spartacus

    Spartacus Well-Known Member

    I was hitting left with my G21. My cousin casually picked it up, shot 3 times and at 30 feet had a half dollar size group. He showed me a few things, focusing mainly on my grip. Problem solved.

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