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What is the most inaccurate pistol you own? Why do you keep it around?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by rod5591, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. rod5591

    rod5591 Well-Known Member

    What is the most inaccurate pistol you own? Why do you keep it around?

    I have a 1903 .32 Colt Hammerless semi auto. I can barely hit the target 50% of the time from 15 feet and I am not a bad shot. It is more inaccurate even than than my Ruger .39 LCR snubby. But I keep it since it is my oldest piece and I went to a lot of trouble to reassemble it from pieces. Plus I like to look at it. But I wish I could get it to shoot straight. Any suggestions?

    Do you have any inaccurate pistols? Why do you keep it around? How can one improve the accuracy of an inaccurate piece? Just curious.

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  2. This is a great question/thread. I consider myself extremely lucky to have all of my handguns shoot into 4-5" @ 25 yards or better. I have days when they don't, but I know it is me, not the guns. If I miss, is is almost always my fault. The few that are the 4-5" shooters (as opposed to the vast majority of mine that will do 2-3" at 25 yards) are STILL better than many less accurate guns. I guess that is why I keep them. How can you dump a vintage Beretta .25 or .380 (Model 1834) that will shoot that well with dinky, hard to see sights?
  3. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Hey, that's a good question. Mine, I think, is an SP101 Ruger with a 2 and 1/4 inch bbl.

    It was somewhat inaccurate (compared to the other snubbies I have) when it had the original grips on it. Putting a Hogue on it helped, but unless my fingers are solidly placed in the finger grooves, it's still not quite as accurate as I'd like. Some have suggested finding just the right load to bring out it's accuracy more, and that helps, too, but I don't like having the accuracy being so finicky as to loads.

    Why do I keep it? It's very sturdy. I think I'll end up selling it. It really isn't that bad for a snubby. If I lived in bear country, I'd use it for close up protection in the woods...but I don't
  4. Oh, the least accurate gun in the house is my wife's Colt .380 Mustang. It is "across the room" accurate (it will stay on a paper plate at 25 yards, but that is about it), and that is all she asks of it.
  5. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

    none, both of my concealed carry guns have identical accuracy to my rimfire practice pistol. I had an inaccurate pistol once...


    I don't keep guns I can't hit anything with, exactly why my AK47 is no longer with me as well.
  6. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

  7. Ala Tom

    Ala Tom Well-Known Member

    I started listing all my guns, including the ones I no longer have, then I started looking at the common denominator that makes them all less than fully accurate. It is me.

    In the past, I have had two types of guns - fun guns and defense guns. I no longer have the luxury of having fun guns. But I am thinking about getting some. A nice smooth 9 mm might be fun too, shooting for accuracy. But, generally a fun gun is a big western SA revolver. The accuracy consideration for a SA revolver is, of course, the second shot, regardless of caliber. (I shot a Colt 45 and a Ruger long-barrel 357. My first shots were pretty accurate.)
  8. PS: Hard to believe about your Colt .32. I have had several, and two of them were capable of head shots at 25 yards on a standard police target. I once got a 6-7" group at 50 yards with one, slow fire over the bench. These are some of the MORE accurate guns, and some of the most fun to shoot, that I have. [​IMG][/IMG]
  9. Esoxchaser

    Esoxchaser Well-Known Member

    Baby Browning. Keep it around for it's historical value and cool factor.
  10. Dudemeister

    Dudemeister Well-Known Member

    Llama 380. At 10 yards I can keep it on the target but it's all over the place (like a 12" spread), and it gets worse from there.

    But for up close and personal close encounters, it's fine. I keep it because it's very cool, a 3/4 size 1911 that can be easily concealed.
  11. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    My most inaccurate is a Colt 80 Series MkIV Officers 1911. It's one of the few officers that feeds great and the lockup is nice, it's just not very accurate. I keep it because it was given to my father from my uncle then given to me a few years ago. It is priceless to me for that reason.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    That just ain't right right there.

    Those guns are noted for good accuracy with almost non-existent sights and heavy trigger and all.

    And I have a Baby Browning you wouldn't want shooting at you at 50 yards I betcha!
    No, it's not a match pistol.
    But it's accurate enough to hit a silhouette target at 25 yards every shot.

    Probably my least accurate handgun is a Kel-Tec P3AT.
    I keep it around because it is the most power I can carry, in my shirt pocket.

  13. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Realizing that this is for pistols that you currently own, I hope you don't mind if I add another gun that fits in neither category.

    It was a Colt SAA in .45 LC, near new condition. Owned it about 10 years ago.

    Anyone notice that Colt is a recurring theme in these first few posts? Not trying to imply anything. Just making an observation.
  14. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    I have a High Standard Double Nine revolver that I inherited from a close relative. It's a double action 22 revolver that is styled to look like a single action gun. I can't keep 9 shots on a sheet of notebook paper at 25 yards regardless of the ammo, and that's from the bench.

    I keep it because of sentimental value, but it's the most worthless handgun I own. He put a set of real pearl grips on it, so at least it's pretty.
  15. xXxplosive

    xXxplosive Well-Known Member

    NAA Guardian .380
    Wouldn't sell my headaches to just anyone.............
  16. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member


    Jennings 380.. and keep it for the memory. Wife and were just married. Living on Ramon noodels and the such. She got a job at a mall and got out late at night in a not so good area of town and I worked nights. She and I always hunted and had guns so natural step was to get our c.w.p. and hand guns. I scrounged to find $150 for the handgun and a couple boxes of ammo....she always ask me why I don't sell it and I tell her that it ain't worth a dime (which is probably true). But in reality every time I hold it I remember just how much she did to help get us starter out.
  17. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    S&W 459 9mm. It stays around for the same reason it was purchased. The mags are the same as my Marlin Camp Carbine.
  18. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Well-Known Member

    rod, im sorry to hear abput your colt 32. mine is pretty accurate. as for least accurate. for revolver is a 1895 nagant revolver and my auto is a p238.
  19. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I don't tolerate reliability or accuracy deficiencies. I sell them almost immediately. That being said, if I had an family heirloom that had those issues, I would hold on to it. My heirlooms are accurate and reliable though..... 2 old Wingmasters, an old winchester bolt .22 from the '50s, and a H&R Topper from the 60's.
  20. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    None of my handguns are super inaccurate - if they were I would remedy the problem or get rid of them. But honestly probably a tie between my Tokarev (terrible sights), Glock 20 and 17L (just not repeatable) and Sig P6 (returned service model). Again all good for 4-5" inches at 15-25 yards depending on my mood, so not horrible.

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