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Old 05-09-2017, 09:13 AM   #1
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Aiming question

New to shooting and this forum and hope you can help. Tried an M&P 9mm at my range and when aiming at target center my shots are consistently low and to the left. If I compensate aiming high and right I am usually right on center. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:22 AM   #2
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Shooting a pistol that's not sighted in. Adjust your sights if possible. And welcome to the forum!
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:11 PM   #3
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Hi Cbyl

Low and left is a classic beginner's mistake with pistol shooting. It's caused by squeezing the hand as you pull the trigger. Squeeze the trigger, ONLY, not the hand. Try this. Extend your shooting arm out, trigger finger extended, then squeeze the rest of your hand. You'll see your trigger finger get pulled low and to the left. That's all it takes to also pull the muzzle low and left and, therefore, your shots. Squeezing the trigger, only, takes a little practice, but it will soon become automatic.
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Hi Cbyl

Low and left is a classic beginner's mistake with pistol shooting. It's caused by squeezing the hand as you pull the trigger. Squeeze the trigger, ONLY, not the hand. Try this. Extend your shooting arm out, trigger finger extended, then squeeze the rest of your hand. You'll see your trigger finger get pulled low and to the left. That's all it takes to also pull the muzzle low and left and, therefore, your shots. Squeezing the trigger, only, takes a little practice, but it will soon become automatic.
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Maybe this sample target can give you some insight also.


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You guys are awesome. That is just what I was looking for. Many thanks. Will take that to the range tomorrow.
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Maybe this sample target can give you some insight also.


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Old 05-10-2017, 03:20 AM   #8
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To prove the point, let a skilled shooter fire your weapon and see if that person has the same problems you are experiencing. Usually the range manager will offer to help.
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To prove the point, let a skilled shooter fire your weapon and see if that person has the same problems you are experiencing. Usually the range manager will offer to help.
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Super diagram and info! Practice. Practice. Practice. but after some good instruction then maybe look at your sights. I'v never found it necessary to adjust sights on my Sigs, Smoths or Glocks unless changing sights. JMHO

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Lot's of good advice here. In training new shooters it is important to train them to grip the gun firmly rather than trying to grip it as they pull the trigger. Dry firing practice with focus on gripping the gun firmly is important. I found a laser sight very useful in training my wife, especially to shoot a J frame revolver double action. It really shows the movements without having to go to the range. I find that when one can point, aim and shoot, quickly, with the laser staying on target with the trigger pull, it usually transfers nicely to the range, especially if a suitable load is used initially.

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Lot's of good advice here. In training new shooters it is important to train them to grip the gun firmly rather than trying to grip it as they pull the trigger. Dry firing practice with focus on gripping the gun firmly is important. I found a laser sight very useful in training my wife, especially to shoot a J frame revolver double action. It really shows the movements without having to go to the range. I find that when one can point, aim and shoot, quickly, with the laser staying on target with the trigger pull, it usually transfers nicely to the range, especially if a suitable load is used initially.

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Good advice concerning the laser Machinist. It will show any movement at all.
Learning to shoot DAO pistols really improved my range performance & a lot of my practice came from dry firing.
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I wouldn't use a laser in concealed carry, as I don't want to trust my life to a battery?

I do see a laser being a good training tool. People that think they have a good grip are a little embarrassed when they see that dot dance all over the target....
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The laser is a good training for grip and trigger control tool . I found them too slow for me in a combat condition . All my combat practice the front sight is the only thing I see or need to shoot a 6" group at 25 yds in rapid firing . If you are under 25 yds and you use a rear sight or laser against me you will be dead with possibly with 2 bullets in your body before you get 1 shot off , The rear sight or laser is too slow in my opinion . I shot against this man in the 70's in Ca . He show me a few tricks to help me win matches I still use today .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li0rGtXh23I

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Old 05-16-2017, 05:07 PM   #14
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Excellent information everyone. Worked on my grip today and I think I'm getting my "low/left" problem under control.
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Control your breathing as well. Take breath in let a little out, hold it and squeeeeeze the trigger.
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