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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #16
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That chart is no substitute for good training. Find a professional firearms instructor and spend an hour training with them.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #17
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That chart is no substitute for good training. Find a professional firearms instructor and spend an hour training with them.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #18
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Pushing is what my wife does to get me to go clothes shopping with her, no follow through is when I forget our anniversary after several key reminders, and tightening fingers is what she does around my throat once I didn't have the follow through on the anniversary.

Hopes that helps.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #19
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I just shot my new Shield 9 for the first time today and had the same problem. All the advice you're getting is right on. It could be a combination of problems listed above. But this is the best 9 I've had for my purposes. So keep the faith, it won't take long to get your eye down with these bad boys. Congratulations, you'll be pleased.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #20
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I had a close look at my rear sight, and guess what? Yep, it was sitting slightly to the left. There was more space visible on the right side of the sight than the left.

Mine was also hitting ever so slightly left. Now it's right on. Worth a look!
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #21
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get some snap caps and dry fire like a f*cking mad man. Do it while you watch tv, shave, shower, take a dump, make love, etc etc. It is most likely trigger control, get some proper training and im sure you will improve greatly. Don't take that as offensive remark, you did excellent for your first time out.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #22
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i can not figure out why people think its always the shooter and not the gun. he is doing exactly what he should. sighting the gun to him. there is no guareentee that a gun is sighted in from the factory perfectly.

Just bump the rear sight over a little till the shots center and move on

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Old May 30th, 2013, 05:42 AM   #23
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i can not figure out why people think its always the shooter and not the gun. he is doing exactly what he should. sighting the gun to him. there is no guareentee that a gun is sighted in from the factory perfectly.

Just bump the rear sight over a little till the shots center and move on
The problem is as he gets more trigger time he will get better and then his sights will be off.

You shouldn't fix something that is not broken to correct a problem with something else.

The reason most people say its the shooter and not the gun is because 99% of the time it is.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 06:17 AM   #24
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The problem is as he gets more trigger time he will get better and then his sights will be off.

You shouldn't fix something that is not broken to correct a problem with something else.

The reason most people say its the shooter and not the gun is because 99% of the time it is.
99% yes. But not 100% my rear sight is off about half a millimeter to the left.
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Lining up the sights doesn't mean with the slide, it means lining up POA with POI. This was checked and adjusted at the factory by someone who does this for a living. If you send it in to have the sights adjusted, they will send it back the same as it is now.

My sights are off by close to a mm, but mine also makes 2.5" groups, centered on the X at 25 yards, but it sure didn't start out that way. I too started out shooting left of the target, and low. After quite a bit of training, plus many thousands of rounds downrange my sights seem to be right on (just like everyone told me they were).

This has been discussed literally hundreds of times on this forum and the arguement almost always goes exactly the same.

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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:06 AM   #26
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Re: shooting left

Understand. I am not a new shooter. My pistol shoots slightly left with sights aligned. Not low. I centered the sights and it now shoots to poa. Again, not a new shooter here.

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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:12 AM   #27
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The problem is as he gets more trigger time he will get better and then his sights will be off.
Actually, he won't. Moving the sight will force him to continue shooting the way he does now, reinforcing the poor fundamentals, never tightening his groups, and pretty soon he'll give up trying to improve. Without some good instruction, it's likely he'll never shoot anywhere close to his potential.

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Re: shooting left

Good point.

The fix is the same. Work on fundamentals.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #29
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I was/am still a newbie, but following the advice here gave me good habits and fundamentals. At first I thought it was a fluke, but now when I go to the range I am very consistent and very confident EVERY time. I understand the range is static, but it helped me get those good habits. Now it's on to more tactical training.

P.S. Avedis: I'm gaining on the pistol knowledge pretty fast, won't be long now! Almost ready to strip it all the way down!

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My first range experience with my Shield had all the hits nicely grouped low-left of the center as well...pulled out the ole standby Ruger SR40...put the hits all dead center. I went back to the Shield, slowed down, concentrated on the front sight and trigger control...and wha-la...center mass hits. It's usually in the fundamentals
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