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What the best way to test pistol accuracy?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Thompsoncustom, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    I want to test the accuracy of some of my pistol and was wondering what is the best way to do so. I have never done any shooting with a rest tho i'm sure it will be needed? ideas?
  2. Robert101

    Robert101 Well-Known Member

    I've never used a rest to test accuracy in my pistols but I'm sure it would provide valuable information.

    My testing is done off-hand where I evaluate group size as an average of +-100 rounds and not so much based upon a sting of say 5 shots.
  3. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Locked down in a ransom rest...

    Otherwise, shooting from a supported position, but YOU are still a HUGE factor in the size of the groups.
  4. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    that's kind of what I want to take out is me, I know I can do fine with my pistols but I want to see what there mechanical accuracy is. I thought they would probably need to be locked down in some kind of rest
  5. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    You will also need to try several mfg and weights of ammo. Not all are equal in all guns. I've seen brand X shoot 3" groups and brand y 1.5". Most hand gun accuracy is tested at 25 yrds but depending on the gun 50 yrds is not out of the question.
  6. KurtC

    KurtC Well-Known Member

  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    If cost is no object and you want to test the mechanical accuracy of the handgun itself - taking shooter error out of play - there is no real answer other than the Ransom Rest. You will also need a fairly substantial bench with no wobble to set it up on. Some public ranges have a concrete slab and sometimes even suitable benches, but if you have to set up on uneven ground you will need some way to adjust and anchor your bench.
  8. wleoff

    wleoff Well-Known Member

    Many gun clubs have a Ransom Rest that usually one of the members keeps until someone needs it. Our club is that way and yesterday several of us borrowed it to check out several 1911s for Bullseye. One has to have a different grip insert for each type of pistol tested. Or you can buy the Ransom Rest from Midway for about $400.

    Caldwell use to make one like the Ransom for half the price, but they pulled it off the market.
  9. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    The most cost effective way is to rest the gun on sandbags. Then match your target to the sights. Aim at the 6 o'clock. I test at 15 yards because it allows me to align the sights more precisely against the Bullseye. Colt, Sig, etc used to test at that distance when they supplied test targets with their pistols. It is a good compromise. Not everyone has 20/20 vision.
  10. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Well-Known Member

    I'm going to go against the grain here. I do my accuracy testing standing, offhand, exactly how I most often shoot my pistols for real. I really don't care much about the mechanical accuracy of the pistol. I care more how accurately I can shoot it, and things like ergonomics, sight radius and trigger make a difference that you won't find with a Ransom Rest.

    If you really need to know the mechanical accuracy of your pistol (ammo testing?), I'd use a sandbag rest.

  11. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    I'd just find somebody who is a great shot and let them do it.
  12. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    Lol I would like to think of myself as an OK shot as on a good day at 10 yards I can get a 1" group standing. There's no way I'm gonna spend 400 bucks even tho the ransom rest looks nice it's not that important to me. I geuss I should have title it the poor man way to test to accuracy. Sand bags are probably the way for me to go I'm just not sure if I can see all that well at 25yards let alone 50.
  13. railroader

    railroader Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with an above poster. Shoot it from sandbags or a rest at 15 yards. I seem to be able to hold my groups together at that distance much easier than at 25yds. Mark
  14. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    Do you rest the barrel on the sandbags, or your hands?
  15. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    I rest the barrel or the frame on the sandbag. This is more solid than resting your hand. Before I got my L-Tek rest, I used a three sand bag setup where I arranged them so that there were two on top of eachother and third immediately to the rear. The slide/dustcover would rest on the front bags and the grip would rest on the rear bag.
  16. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    The only way to do that is with a Ransom rest...we have a couple of guys at the local range who will do this for you for a fee (cheaper than buying the rest). If you have a common gun, there won't even be the cost of the grip inserts to fit the gun to the rest

    This would be the next best option.

    The gunsmith who does most of my work tests service guns meant for competition off bags at 50 yards and they have to meet his personal standard (inside 2") before being sent back to the customer. Most guns are just tested at 25 yards while shooting off hand...but we refer to him as the human machine rest
  17. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

  18. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    ...other than the fact that's it's discontinued by the manufacturer and had a history of problems - short lived since they rendered it too inconsistent.
  19. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member

    ah thats to bad...
  20. railroader

    railroader Well-Known Member

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