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Proud of myself... 5th ever gun session and have good grouping...

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Mystery123, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. Mystery123

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    Today is my 5th gun day ever in my life and I'm finally enjoying it little bit as the groups are getting wayyyy better. :)
    I don't know how long it takes for someone to get decent group at 5 and 7 yards but it's my 5th time.

    I kept most of the suggestions, youtube videos, articles, etc... in mind when shooting.
    I shot around 25 shots today taking my time.

    One thing that really helped me is this youtube video where this guy suggests to load one round, drop the mag, shoot live round and then shoot empty.
    I did that for 20 rounds at 5 yards and then shot some rounds at 7 yards.
    The 7 yards went right through the middle. Few shots outside the circle are at 5 yards.
    I can see how gun moves when I shoot empty. That really helped me control the trigger finger after about a mag.

    Here's the proof:
    These are around 20 rounds at 5 yards and few at 7 yards so total of around 25 rounds:
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    Target pulled up:
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    Conclusion is the gun is good to go. It's better than my skills.
    Thank you all you guys for suggestions.
    I better watch it, if I start enjoying (except the hot shell burning my back), it'll burn a big hole in my pocket. :D
     
  2. murf

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    confidence shows on your target. nice grouping.

    luck,

    murf
     
  3. Bilbo463

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    Looks good! I’ve been shooting handguns for over 10 years and I still try to improve my grouping. Its all part of the challenge and enjoyment of shooting.....always trying to improve. My wife doesn’t understand....
     
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    Good shootin. It does take timr and practice but you look like youre getting there. For me the biggest step forward was trigger control, everything else helps but mastering the trigger to me is the single most important fundamental. Looks like youve got minute of bad guy no problem. And yes, get ready for your pocket to explode in flames and your collection to multiply. Thats what happened to me, but ive slowed down over the past 10 years and im only allowed to buy one gun per year now unless i sell something to buy one. But i have a wife, a 2 year old and baby due in 4 weeks, a house, car payment and countless other obligations so my wife is right- one per year:(
     
  5. murf

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    dry-fire is free!

    murf
     
  6. Boarhunter

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    And 22lr is cheap. Consider that round for your next purchase.

    BOARHUNTER
     
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  7. lionking

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    I'm not the greatest shot compared to some, the challenges going on prove it. However I am decent. If you are target shooting here are my suggestions. First focus on front sight for final sighting. Also if you can and gun shoots to do it, use a 6 o'clock hold on the target it give the best consistent point of aim. Keep your grip consistent, fingers should be together not loose. Don't use too much or too little of the trigger finger. Exhale before you shoot. And yes one shot at a time can make you try harder knowing that is all you have. Dry fire is good practice also. Lighting indoor or outdoor can make a difference also. And remember different ammo and grain can change impact area also even when you do everything correct.
     
  8. Arkansas Paul

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    That's true for just about all of us friend.
    Glad you're having a good time. Nicely done.
     
  9. Bama59

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    Nice pistol and shooting ,took me forever to get away from hitting low left with 9mm Shield. Wear a hat and no collar untucked shirt when shooting
     
  10. 460Shooter

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    Cool! Always glad for
    I’ve got good news and bad news.

    The good news is you’re in the right track.

    The bad news is you’re already hooked. Get ready.
     
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  11. ontarget

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    Yup hopefully you don't wear spandex underwear. I hear that stuff melts when your wallet bursts into flames. Welcome to the addiction. Don't expect any help for recovery here. We are all just a bunch of enablers.
     
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  12. ATLDave

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    Mystery123, you're off to a fine, fine start. A lot of people shoot for years and never manage to get that far.
     
  13. sparkyv

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    Well done...and I see some good groupings on your backer as well! :cool:
     
  14. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Nice groups and it looks like you are getting the fundamentals down.
     
  15. FlSwampRat

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    I agree completely. I've made it clear I'm a double deuce fan and one of the big reasons is that there's no difference in the fundamental working of a .22 over a larger, more expensive center fire cartridge. Sight alignment, trigger fundamentals, breathing, etc. can all be practiced with the smaller, cheaper rimfire guns as well as with the bigger calibers.
     
  16. JDR

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    At 5-7 yards, the distance the OP is shooting from, a 6 o’clock hold “might” shoot low on the target. I’d recommend that the OP experiment with sight pictures to find out where to hold against the target so that the rounds impact right on top of the front sight. It’s a matter of good trigger control and sight picture, and it’s a lot easier to explain it than it is to do it consistently.
     
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  17. Mystery123

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    I leveled the sights right in the middle on that day.
    What's that called?
    Center? Is 12 o clock when front sight is over the target?
     
  18. Mystery123

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    Looking at M&P 22 so it feels same as M&P compact 9mm.
    Is it better to get M&P 22lr compact or full size?
     
  19. Cump

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    Good shooting.

    Others may disagree, but I wouldn't worry too much about matching your 22lr to another pistol. You will gradually accumulate guns with different controls and ergos, and you can build proficiency with all of them.

    I'd be more inclined to purchase a 22lr that would give me decades of precise target shooting -- like a Ruger Mark IV or Browning Buckmark.
     
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  20. ATLDave

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    ^ What Cump said.
     
  21. lionking

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    True, I was thinking in my own terms as I shoot usually 15 or 25 yds sometimes at 10 yds. And some guns if fixed sights are set for drive the dot where you bury the dot in the target
     
  22. lionking

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    Different guns can shoot different, typically guns with dots are "drive the dot" where you bury the dot center of target, if it has adjustable sights you can set it up however you want, personally I like a 6 o clock hold
    see the link
    https://pistol-training.com/archives/1361

    with your gun at that distance you are doing good so I'd stick with it
     
  23. Mystery123

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    I only go to indoor range.
    Not sure a target pistol like Ruger Mark IV, SW Victory, Buckmark etc... or something like M&P, Walther... are better for indoor shooting.
     
  24. ATLDave

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    Most of my shooting is at an indoor range. Go with the target-type .22lr pistol. Seriously. They will be more reliable, longer lasting, and will help your development as a shooter more than a .22lr pistol with worse sights and a worse trigger. Which is what you'd get with the tacticool 2/3 scale models of service pistols.
     
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  25. Eddietruett

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    Not bad for just the 5th time out. When I was learning to shoot handguns 40+ years ago, I had problems (and still do from time to time) with flinching or as the guy who taught me to shoot called it anticipating the recoil. What he used to do is load my revolver for me and somewhere in the 6 rounds was sometimes a dummy round. That is the easiest way to see if you are flinching and you want to feel stupid, flinch on a dummy round. You realize just how far off the gun is when the trigger breaks. When I'm shooting heavy loads for hunting I will catch myself flinching and if I am by myself, I'll load a dummy round in the cylinder and spin it before I close it. Same drill and it works. Makes you concentrate on squeezing the trigger instead of just yanking.
     
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