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Old May 3rd, 2014, 11:20 AM   #1
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Shield shooting low left

Took my shield out to the farm today to shoot it for the first time. Put about 200 rounds through it and it shoots consistently low left. I tried different grips, and finger positions on the trigger but it still was about an inch left and 2 low. Could this be a sight issue.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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About 99.9% of the time, low left is fixed by increased trigger time/practice.

It's caused by the body naturally anticipating the recoil of the gun, and tightening down to resist (for a rt handed shooter). At 2" low, it's a SMALL flinch (depending on how far away the target is), but it's a flinch.

If you have a friend who shoots a lot, and well, have them shoot it. It'll likely be dead on.

Search online for dry-fire drills, practice a lot with the trigger press, and just get good training, or lots of reps, or both.

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Nothing wrong with getting some good instruction. It'll get you where you want to be, and you'll get there much sooner.

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Old May 3rd, 2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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I started out low and left with my shield also,,,it went away with more rounds and finger position...I didn't have the same problem with my FS 40 so I talked to an instructor and he watched my shoot and had me move my finger and told me I was flinching...it will get better
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All the above.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 07:03 PM   #6
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What has already been said. Try shooting it from some type of rest and you will probably find out that it shoots just fine. Also get some snap caps and load them into your mag along with your regular practice ammo. When you get to one of them and you pull the trigger and it doesn't go off, you will probably find that you are flinching.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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All the above.
I agree with the above as well. However, it usually isn't the gun!
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It's the shooter not the gun. Trigger time, good trigger control and grip will fix it.

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Old May 4th, 2014, 07:15 PM   #9
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Yep. Been there, done that. Yeah, I know it's me. Put about 500 rds through it and still low left. I'll probably get flamed, but the way I look at it, if I am consistent, why not adjust the sights to compensate rather than relearn my shooting technique that works for my fullsize 9mm? If you are in a stress situation, you will do what comes naturally. I am one more firing session from having my sights adjusted to compensate if it doesn't get better this time.
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Thanks everyone, I'll work on that next time I can get out and shoot. I guess it's just getting adjusted to a smaller grip than the full-size xdm that I'm used to shooting. Well at least I have a good reason to go out and shoot some more.
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Try this it worked great for me. Grip the gun firmly with your trigger finger hand first but not too tight. Then grip the gun and your first hand with the other hand but with a much tighter grip than your trigger hand. The tightness of your grip should come from your non-trigger finger hand.
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Try this it worked great for me. Grip the gun firmly with your trigger finger hand first but not too tight. Then grip the gun and your first hand with the other hand but with a much tighter grip than your trigger hand. The tightness of your grip should come from your non-trigger finger hand.
I'll try that, worth a shot (pun intended.)
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I shot this target today at the range with my Shield 9mm. I have been practicing every week with this gun in an effort to improve my accuracy and technique. I started out hitting low and left but with some technique modifications and practice, I'm getting better with it quite rapidly.
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I started out hitting low and left but with some technique modifications and practice, I'm getting better with it quite rapidly.
What technique modifications if i may ask?
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Yep. Been there, done that. Yeah, I know it's me. Put about 500 rds through it and still low left. I'll probably get flamed, but the way I look at it, if I am consistent, why not adjust the sights to compensate rather than relearn my shooting technique that works for my fullsize 9mm? If you are in a stress situation, you will do what comes naturally. I am one more firing session from having my sights adjusted to compensate if it doesn't get better this time.
Have you tried shooting off a rest?

When I got my shield 9mm, it shot consistantly to the left of center... elevation was fine.
Shot it off a rest and was still left of center. Moved the rear sight to the right just a little, and is now hitting dead center.

Contrary to popular belief... sometimes it can actually be the guns fault and not the shooters.
I also agree with rainsong, that if you are consistantly shooting tight groups that aren't centered, it should be a no-brainer that it's time to adjust the sights, instead of blameing yourself for poor marksmanship.

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