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Best way to test my autoloader's accuracy?(gun rests, lasers, etc)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CPshooter, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. CPshooter

    CPshooter Participating Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Up until now, I have only owned defensive/polymer type of handguns like Glocks, H&K, etc. I was never too concerned with the exact accuracy capability of my handguns just as long as they were "combat accurate" and I could hit a pop can at 15 yards, but just recently I bought my first 1911 and also learned how to reload ammo. I'm now more interested in how accurate my guns (my 1911 more specifically) can shoot. I want to know exactly where my shots are going when I pull that trigger. It would also be nice to know how much to compensate for at shorter/longer distances.

    When I go to the range, I never know EXACTLY where 7, 15, and 25 yards are. I just guess and start shooting. Would a laser range finder be a good way for me to find out exactly how far to shoot from?

    As far as gun rests go, I don't know a thing and some suggestions on what setup works well would be great!

    Finally, has anyone used a laser bore sight? Is this an accurate way to see where your bullets should hit?
  2. burningsquirrels

    burningsquirrels Participating Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    just use a plain ol' sandbag.
  3. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Mentor

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    As far as distance goes, you can either step it off, measure a piece of line and mark off the distances you'd like, or buy a 250' closed reel measuring tape (<$30) if you'd prefer not to spend the bucks on a range finder and just buy more ammo.
  4. MrIzhevsk

    MrIzhevsk Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    you could go to an indoor range where they might have distances marked off already on the floor or something?
  5. Drail

    Drail Senior Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Don't worry too much about actual distance. It's not going to make that much difference under 25 yards. If shooting from a rest do not rest the gun on the rest. Rest your wrists only. The point of impact will be different when the gun is rested. The point of impact will also be different when you are seated and using a rest or standing and shooting with no support. I recommend starting from a rest to get the sights where you want them and then check the point of impact standing unsupported. If you are at a range and see someone who is obviously a GOOD shot ask him to try your gun to see where it hits. He may be able to give you advice on your technique. If there is an NRA course offered in your area sign up for it.

    BADUNAME2 Participating Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    Alger, OH
    The best way to test mechanical accuracy, both of gun, load, and gun/load combination is with a machine rest. The ransom rest is probably the industry standard.

    For dialing in a load, a chronograph is also invaluable.

  7. Japle

    Japle Active Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    Most of the shooters I see at the range aren't good enough to test a pistol's accuracy under the best conditions.

    Unless you're capable of shooting good, tight groups on demand from a known-accurate pistol, find someone who can.

    Once you see what the gun's potential is, you can work on improving your skill to take advantage of it.

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