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Springfield loaded 1911 shooting low left?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 20, 2011.

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Member

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    So i got a new Springfield loaded 1911 for x-mas and love it except it consisteltly shoots low left (up to 400 rounds). The low part does not bother me too much and I can train myself to adjust but the left part has me stumped. I would call myself a novice shooter that is a beginner w/ a 1911. I also shoot a G17, a Browning Buckmark, and a Ruger LCP and shoot all of them dead on. I took the 1911 to my local gun smith and he checked it out and said the sights (factory night sights) are fine and he even shot it a couple of times and said that he felt it was shooting center?!? A couple of people have told me to change my grip but if I have to do that it does not feel natual to me in my hand and does not seem to make any difference in the shooting accuracy. I am at the point of wanting to change the rear sight to an adjustable sight possibly the one that springfield makes. If I do that do I need to change the front sight out?
     
  2. Twinbrook86

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    If your right handed

    You are squeezing the trigger to hard

    Have some toss in a snap cap in your mag and watch your flinch

    Dry fire to correct
     
  3. Johnny Lightning

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    Is it ok to dry fire a 1911? I do not have snap caps currently. If i were flinching wouldn't my shots be all over the place? i am tearing a ragged hole low left w/ only the occasional flyer :)
     
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    Dry firing is fine. Do it a lot.

    Hopefully someone will post a "Flinch Wheel" for you on this thread.

    Consistently Low/Left is usually squeezing the trigger too hard.

    My own personal solution for this is to get the shooter's fingertip on the trigger rather than the pad or knuckle joint.
     
  5. mbruce

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    Not if you are consistent with your flinches, if any.

    If you are squeezing the trigger consistently but incorrectly from a technique perspective then you will have consistent groups...may be low left..etc...but consistent.

    Put that bad boy on some sand bags or a vise and fire away....then again firing from a vise isn't as easy as it seems...I found that out too. It took me a couple hundred rounds to figure shooting from a vise...but I'm slow learner and a bad shot ;-)
     
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    See if this helps.....



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    +1
    that should help big time!
     
  8. Carl N. Brown

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    At times I have had all the faults illustrated in the chart above. AND in the past I tried to adjust the sights to compensate for what I was doing wrong, and ended up chasing groups low and left in spite of adjusting the sights to try to compensate for my bad habits.
     
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    You say that you shoot your other guns just fine? If you really have a flinch then those should be off too.

    Assuming for a minute that your problem is in fact the sights and not the shooter, you CAN adjust your "fixed" sights for windage (right/left)
     
  10. Johnny Lightning

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    K Im gonna keep practicing and try to use just my fingertip for now. I have really been trying to squeeze the trigger and not jerk knowing I am shooting low left. What I dont understand is that i shoot the other pistols i own almost dead on and am having trouble w/ the 1911 platform - anyone else seem to have this problem?
     
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    Some shooters have this (and other) problems when shooting a new/different model gun than they are used to.

    How many?
    Enough that they make these charts to help.... lol !
     
  12. jem375

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    I had the same problem with a G26, and yes it is your trigger finger. I was pulling nearly all of my shots low left also. Finally realized it was my fault and not the gun...
     
  13. The Lone Haranguer

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    Not necessarily. You could be doing the same thing wrong every time, but consistently. (This was not meant to be facetious.) Try either shooting it from a rigid rest at a consistent, visible aiming point, or having another shooter of known ability try it. There is, of course, always the possibility that the sights really are "off." This gun should have a Novak rear sight, which can be adjusted by loosening the allen-head set screw and moving the sight (it will usually push with your fingers) in the direction you want your shots to go, in this case to the right. This will however only adjust the windage (horizontal deflection). To change the elevation (vertical deflection), you have to change the height of the sights. If they are truly that far off, the gun should be sent back to Springfield, IMO.
     
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    Did the first magazine shoot like the last?

    I have noticed that when moving from one handgun to another (which is everytime I'm at the range), the first magazine will not be as tight (or centered) as later groups which tells me I take some time to adjust to the pistol, etc. This could be true, even moving from one 1911 to another 1911, because of different grips, sights, ammo, etc. Even bigger disparities between DA/SA and 1911, etc. And I'll find as I tire, my groups will open up again.

    If I center and tighten up at some point, it may be just more familiarity and comfort level, especially if this is my first 1911. More practice just enables me to stay in the sweet spot longer.

    I don't dry fire, per se. I use a small rubber bumper to make sure the hammer never impacts the FP/FPS. This is especially useful when I'm mating surfaces in after a sear touchup, or something. Could be used for aim/trigger practice, too.

    Good luck!
     
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    I had the same problem when I bought a P220 after having shot a Ruger Mk II for nearly a decade.

    Because it was a centerfire I thought I had to hold on to the gun tighter. I was strangling the grip on the gun. I had to get over the fact that the gun would not just fly out of my hand if I didn't have a death grip on it.

    I adjusted my grip to put the pad of my finger on the trigger face, and relaxed my grip appropriately, now I can put the bullet holes where I want them.
     
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    After reading some of the problems that other shooters are having and what caused it, I think I may be girpping the 1911 too tight and i may want to think about a new grip that is fuller so that my grip is more natural when shooting.
     
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    So when do the snap caps you ordered arrive?
     
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    had this problem when i transitioned from 9mm to .45 acp. thought i had to have a death grip on the pistol to compensate for the recoil but after 100 or so rounds i finally loosened up and started putting some better shots on target.
     
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    Try warming up with your Buckmark before you go to the 1911. The Buckmark has a similar grip angle and trigger pull to the 1911, and I've found it helps me to get my grip and trigger squeeze correct before moving to the greater recoil of the .45.
     
  20. Cascades

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    Hitting low and left here also. I've had my 1911 for about a month.
    I knew it was something I was doing, and everyone's advice seems to fit the problem.

    I had read a few articles on how to grip semi handguns, and those I saw said to grip quite firmly. After reading this thread, I'll try a more relaxed grip.

    Thanks to all for the shooting tips.
     
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    IIRC, SA sends out a lot of Loaded models with front sights that are too high. I sent one in for a few issues and they replaced the front sight with a lower one.....problem solved.
     
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    Not know which grip you guys are using I'll make a general grip observation.

    The 1911 responds very well to the Thumbs Forward grip. You have to keep the right (assuming you are right handed) thumb on the thumb safety anyway (it is a function/safety issue), so if you just slide your left hand up on the gun, there is a lot of room to point the thumb forward. This does pre-suppose that you are shooting out of a Modern Isosceles stance
     
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    Another question; what ammo are you using? Try something different in weight, this also can help.
     
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    Grip adjustment/trigger pull adjustment

    ...

    Owning just one, as of now, the 1911 platform actually, IMHO, is one of the best, if not, the_best, due to both its thinner grip and the SAO trigger weight/pull and smoothness it offers vs all my other DA/SA platform Sigs and Beretta.

    I shoot the DA/SA/'s far more than the one EMP 1911 9mm and whenever I do take the little 1911 to the range the transformation in both grip/difference/ girth wise, is very evident, along with the lighter trigger pull vs the SA's in most of my DA/SA guns but I never have a problem of, and with, the transition, be with my 1911 or others, at my range, that have problems, much like yours, low and left or FTF/FTE jams. Most of the time it always comes down to shooter error with limp-wristing as far as the jams go and it's always the jerking of the trigger because they're chasing the sights, namely, front, jerking the shot as it passes, or gets on, the point/bulls eye - they're wanting to hit it/and it's take the shot - now!!!

    The other, (changing grip-movement) shots going left, problem, can be (low time) lack of understanding of the 45caliber, in that, it does not offer the same recoil-effects of either 9mm or 40cal, et. al., in that, it pushes back far more than flips up. But, in order for you to see/feel the difference, accuracy wise you're gonna need to adjust to things. First, squeezing/pressing off the shot along with not "tightening your grip - fingers", namely, support hand grip/fingers right at the moment of taking the shot.. will twist the gun left every-time and something you can see very easily with "little pressure" while you're practicing trigger pulls using snap caps mentioned below.

    Find the right/correct/balanced grip and trust it and don't chase the front sight in "taking the shot too quickly, as in the_now !! effect. Just shoot relaxed by letting the gun do what it does best and your accuracy should come home and at the same time the shots, going left will cease more and more either by grip being stable a/o not jerking the trigger/chasing the front sight/target.

    And, keep your focus on the front sight and don't look to see where the shot/s are hitting until "after the shot/s" have been taken.

    New gun, new feelings, new changes, that in the long term, usually roll over to most any other type semi handgun and caliber.

    Ref: Snap Caps

    But get them in 45cal

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    So, "get a pack of snap caps" around 14 bucks or less, load one in the chamber and have one reserve in the mag to practice a cycling procedure now and then as they really do help preserve your firing pin and its spring as it is "meant to hit something" to stop short of "over travel" which stretches the spring until.. well, you don't want it a broken firing pin - no bang/s.. Thus the use of snap caps IMHO..

    Enjoy,


    Ls
     
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  25. Cascades

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    Mine is a Delta Elite. Those .45 caps--might have to use a big hammer and punch to get them to chamber!
     
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