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Old March 28th, 2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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2nd time M&P9

Hi everybody. I am brand new to shooting, I have gone to the range a total of 3 times and have only used my M&P for the second time now. With that being said I think my shooting is pretty damn good in relation to the amount of experience I have. I still have a tremendous amount to learn and practice to do so I wouldn't mind any suggestions/tips you all might have. The target was at 7 yards shooting 10 rounds at a steady pace (no rapid fire but no lollygagging either) using Freedom Munition 115gr reloads. The only things I have been working on so far has been finger placement on trigger, the actual trigger pull, and I no longer anticipate the recoil throwing off my shot. So like I mentioned any advice would be great as what else to work on for a beginner.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 04:30 AM   #2
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Not bad.

If I could redo my first steps in shooting I would get professional training. I would do that BEFORE doing any shooting so that I don't pick up any bad habits that will need to be unlearned.

Dry fire at home 10x more than you live fire. Dry firing will teach you much about your trigger "equation". Trigger control is key to good shooting. As you dry fire watch the front sight and make note of what it does. A laser will make seeing what the gun is doing very obvious.

If I need to tell you to make sure your gun is unloaded before dry firing you probably should sell it and dial 911. :-)
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Old March 29th, 2016, 07:17 AM   #3
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I plan on taking several different classes once I have the money for it. At first I was having the bottom left issue from trigger control but I have improved that a decent amount. The laser trick seems like a really good idea i'm going to look into that. But isn't dry firing, firing rounds at the dry wall in your house? Completely joking lol. Gun safety is something I am very serious about and I always quadruple chamber check. Currently I have been shooting with a good friend of mine who served in Israeli special forces and his dad who also served Israeli special forces so I don't think they would be teaching me any bad habits. I also have a strong sense of common sense.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 03:01 PM   #4
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Looks pretty darned good to me for just getting started. Just keep going and you'll get better and better. How much better you will want to get depends on your goals....self defense good or competition good.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #5
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Thanks msjdgman! I never really thought about competition shooting until I saw some videos of people on here and the drills look like a lot of fun so i'd like to give it a try in the future. But I have quite a way to go before I'd be ready for that.
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AT, one shoots competition to get better. If you can find a Bullseye league that would be a really good place to start. You'll learn very important fundamentals shooting Bullseye and everything learned carries over to all other handgun use. I have never thought my years in Bullseye held me back at all. Just the opposite. Fundamentals are just that.

Of course you could also shoot action pistol of some sort and practice Bullseye on your own (google it) and continue to dry fire to learn trigger control.

You'll find beginners, old fart duffers like me, and serious shooters all taking part in a typical action pistol match. Not everyone is a grand master class shooter and not everyone shoots a $3k race gun*. Just jump into the pool! Get involved! Take your shooting friends with you and squad up together. For a shooter there's only one way to have more fun and that usually isn't done standing up.

* When I first started I had a mil' surplus flap holster that I would bend the flap open on when I stepped up to shoot and I used WW1 mag pouches. I don't remember what belt I used. The gun was a POS 1911 AMT Hardballer that I reveled in shooting thereafter because I did the work on myself and it would shoot! I'd have people come up to me after I got better belt gear and ask,"What is that that you're shooting!!?". I bought it for the princely sum of $250 and it would jam every few rounds when I bought it. The dealer selling it thought I was nuts to buy it. My point is that ANYONE can shoot competitively. My buddy is as new a shooter as you are and he's in his mid 60s and he has just started shooting action pistol.
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Thanks BrianK, I spend a bit of time looking for a Bullseye league in my area and wasn't able to come up with anything anywhere near my location. Next time when i'm at the range i'll the people there if they know any and also talk to some of the regulars I usually run into.
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