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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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First time shooter.This is my first outing with my 9mm shield. I have a problem shooting all left. I even aimed far right of bullseye. Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas.I do not have much experience shooting any guns. As stated above, I tried aiming far right with no better results. Target on left(bottom) was from about 6 yards, target on right(top) was about 10yards. Sorry picture is sideways. These targets are 12in high 18in wide
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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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There may be many reasons for this. To many to list. Start out by shooting off a sand bag or have someone more experienced shoot your gun. Then you can at least have a reference point.

Need more info such as weapon, r/l handed, did the gun feed, fire, extract properly, etc.

In your spare time look up sight picture and sight alignment to start, they are 2 different things. See if the description of each is what you were doing.

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id say unless you wanna shoot comps with that weapon, that you have NOTHING to worry about. any 1 or 2 or 14 of those shots would have gotten the job done. The more you shoot the better you will be.
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I'm not an expert, but please don't be offended. You are correct in stating that any of those shots would get the job done, but aiming "far right" to achive that is not correct.

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id say unless you wanna shoot comps with that weapon, that you have NOTHING to worry about. any 1 or 2 or 14 of those shots would have gotten the job done. The more you shoot the better you will be.
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I'm right handed.the shield shot without issue. Although the shots seem like they would hit the target in a defensive situation. My poa was directly on bullseye. I even aimed about 3-4 inches right of center, and still shot left. Didn't matter whether I used extended mag or regular mag. I agree I need more practice.ammo situation sucks.I picked the wrong time to start what seems like a fun hobby. I also was using wwb 115gr & a mag full of Speer gold dot 124gr +p. My sight picture & sight alignment were correct.I've read thru this forum prior to purchasing my shield.

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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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Most likely, trigger control. Very common with new shooters and old shooters that get a new gun. Right handed shooters end up shooting to the left side of the target, left handed shooters go right.

If you search the forum and/or the internet you will find lots of discussion on this topic and even targets that will help you diagnose the shooting problem.

Enjoy your Shield, I really like mine.
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Start out with my 1st advice, don't get discouraged and be patient and SAFE. You will get tons of advice here, all will be valid, you have to pick what you think will help and try different things. Also, what pace did you practice? Work on 1 shot at a time. I started with 3 round shot groups.

Personally, I carried a cheat sheet with me full of advice, made notes, adjustments and found what helped me most. (I still take it with me to the range) although now I'm on to more advanced training. Just started to practice drawing this past weekend. Remember, baby steps.

Are you useing the pad of your finger to fire? Not the crook, tends to make you jerk the pistol. Pad tends to pull straight back. With an UNLOADED AND SAFETY checked pistol, slide your finger onto the trigger and see where it lands.

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I'm right handed.the shield shot without issue. Although the shots seem like they would hit the target in a defensive situation. My poa was directly on bullseye. I even aimed about 3-4 inches right of center, and still shot left. Didn't matter whether I used extended mag or regular mag. I agree I need more practice.ammo situation sucks.I picked the wrong time to start what seems like a fun hobby. I also was using wwb 115gr & a mag full of Speer gold dot 124gr +p
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[QUOTE=bmyers;355210]Most likely, trigger control.QUOTE]
Yeah maybe your right.I'm not following thru or resetting trigger to fast
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Start out with my 1st advice, don't get discouraged and be patient and SAFE. You will get tons of advice here, all will be valid, you have to pick what you think will help and try different things. Also, what pace did you practice? Work on 1 shot at a time. I started with 3 round shot groups.

Personally, I carried a cheat sheet with me full of advice, made notes, adjustments and found what helped me most. (I still take it with me to the range) although now I'm on to more advanced training. Just started to practice drawing this past weekend. Remember, baby steps.

Are you useing the pad of your finger to fire? Not the crook, tends to make you jerk the pistol. Pad tends to pull straight back. With an UNLOADED AND SAFETY checked pistol, slide your finger onto the trigger and see where it lands.
I place the middle of my trigger finger or more towards the first bend.I don't think I'm too far towards the tip or too far back to the first bend. The guy running the range where I was shooting suggested that I place the target further back to 10yds. He thought I didn't do so bad at 6yds

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As Evofire34 said, unless you're planning to shoot competitive and even then, you're off to a great start. I'd bet within a few range trips you'll be spot on. Just for self learning you might want to look at Pistol and Revolver Error Analysis and Correction to see some possible causes for shooting left.

Dry fire with snap caps and work on smooth, smooth, smooth pull, don't anticipate the break. Good luck and keep sending them down range.
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First time shooter.This is my first outing with my 9mm shield. I have a problem shooting all left. I even aimed far right of bullseye. Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas.I do not have much experience shooting any guns. As stated above, I tried aiming far right with no better results. Target on left(bottom) was from about 6 yards, target on right(top) was about 10yards. Sorry picture is sideways. These targets are 12in high 18in wide
Ginzo is correct it could be a lot of differnet things but usually the worst issue is trigger control.

Poor trigger control in a RH shooter will place your hits on the left on average, if your anticipating or jerking the trigger then low left, more or less. But again, like ginzo said, it could a lot of things, you need to look at all the fundamentals and execute them right for the bullet to hit where you want to, if one of those is off, then you get bad hits.
The fundamentals are stance, grip, sight alignment/sight picture, trigger control, breathing and follow through.
This file will help you figure out some of the stuff you might be doing wrong.
The fundamentals are everything. If you don't execute them properly your shooting will, or should I say your target will show it, or not LOL!!!!!. Start slow and develop good fundamentals, good consistency, and speed will come with time. Remember everyone can shoot fast, but not many can shoot fast accurately.
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Thank you for replies everybody. I'm not really going for competitive shooting.just defensive shooting. I'd really like to have tight groups dead center. I'll just have to shoot it a little more I guess
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Can you explain what pushing or no follow through, too little trigger finger, tightening fingers means?
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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.

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"Aim Small, Miss Small" . . . Start out with some quarter (.25 cents) sized black dots on a sheet of paper at about 10 feet.
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