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This is a discussion on Tale of Two Targets within the MP Range Reports forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; I'm really working on trigger management. Wife and I are doing steel challenge and at our first real competition I was shooting low at every ...


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Old October 12th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Tale of Two Targets

I'm really working on trigger management. Wife and I are doing steel challenge and at our first real competition I was shooting low at every opportunity. Then I installed some Dawson sights and I deluded myself for a short time with the notion that the sights were at fault; a range session with a less-than-optimum bench rest exposed my delusion.

Wife and I went to the range today for a bunch of very deliberate (3 seconds between rounds) shooting at 15 yards, a significant distance for both of us. I've attached pictures of my first and last targets. The black bullseye is about 6" across (first target) while the reactive target is 8". There were several efforts between first and last. I'm good with the last target at what I consider my level of development, but the first target was terrible.

Perhaps I should dry first 10-20 times before loading up? Perhaps I'm a slow learner? Is this common for a relative beginner (8 months and 4000 rounds)? I may be lacking concentration when I first arrive at the range. We've had some very good instruction and my mechanics, I believe, are reasonably sound, but I don't have time at a competition to assess and fix issues like this; I've got to develop more consistency.

My "competition" M&P40 has a less than 3lb trigger, but I had the same issue with a 5+lb trigger. I do shot best when every shot starts from low or compressed ready in order to somewhat represent a real target transition.

I'm assuming that at elite shooting levels muscle memory is so finely tuned that warm-up shooting isn't necessary, but maybe that's not the case. Do they have facilities at national-level events for live warm-up?
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