What makes people say a gun is accurate?

What makes people say a gun is accurate?

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    What makes people say a gun is accurate?

    I guess what I'm trying to ask is 2 things...
    Why does it seem that, on certain guns, people always say how accurate the gun is? A perfect example would be the Bersa .380. Almost every post regarding this gun, its owners, usually say how accurate it is. What makes people say that? Is it because the barrel is integral to the frame? There must be a reason for this gun as well as others...
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    Though a lot of guns are more accurate than their owners right out of the box, what makes a gun more accurate than another? Primarily speaking of sub compact cc guns.
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    If the gun puts the bullets right where you aim the sights, then it is accurate.
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    With a hand gun, as long as I can get a hit consistently no less than 1 inch to 1.5 from where I careful aim, at a min of 21 ft to 50ft, I would consider the firearm and ammo accurate.

    I have had bad days at the range where it is just me, and I don't do that well (always shakes me a big, as I wonder what would happen when it counts, the I remind myself paper looks tougher with holes in it, even if 3 inches apart, then a BG in the same situation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    If the gun puts the bullets right where you aim the sights, then it is accurate.
    I know the definition of accurate...I believe you missed my question...Certain guns seem to make people SAY they are accurate, why is that? I would never say "wow, my Glock is accurate!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfl1972 View Post
    I know the definition of accurate...I believe you missed my question...Certain guns seem to make people SAY they are accurate, why is that? I would never say "wow, my Glock is accurate!"
    Not trolling, but why not?

    If you can hit the bullseye, or close, it is a good gun, and it is accurate.
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    People say that they have accurate guns, because not all guns are accurate.

    Years ago, I got an old worn out .45 for a hundred bucks. The reason it was so cheap was that you yu would be hard pressed to hit a 55 gallon drum at 25 yards away with most of the shots.

    That gun wasnt accurate at all.

    Now, if you get another .45 and you can shoot some nice tight groups with it at 25 yards, you would say that thay gun is accurate. You would say that because in comparison with the other .45 it would be very accurate.

    Its a relative term anyway.
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    No sir, you are not trolling...Let's say people who compete will often get a match grade barrel and others mods. Yet some guns don't seem to need anything else...With my Glock I am comfortable with 4" groups at 25 ft. Maybe its me? The gun? I've shot other guns and I'm at 2" at 25 ft....
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    If you can hit a pie plate all day at 25 yards, that would be combat accurate for me. When I put all 8 rounds at 15 yards ( slow fire ) into "one" ragged hole the first time I shot my Baer TRS, I said, "WOW, this gun is accurate".

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    Any gun that you can consistently hit what you are aiming at is accurate!
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    I prefer my firearms to be both accurate (hit at or very near to where I am aiming) and precise (grouped well)

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    If the gun is placed in a staionary 'holder' and can hit exactly where it is aimed...then the gun is accurate.

    If you can then take that same gun and hit exactly where you are aiming that 'already proven' accurate gun...then you are an accurate shooter.
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    A S & W 642 is not accurate at 1,000 yards.
    642 at 15' accurate enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfl1972 View Post
    I know the definition of accurate...I believe you missed my question...Certain guns seem to make people SAY they are accurate, why is that? I would never say "wow, my Glock is accurate!"
    When I say that, what I really mean is "my ability to be accurate and consistent with this gun is great." Perhaps the sight picture sets-up perfect for me. I like to put the front sight dot right on top of my POA. Some guns are sighted this way, some aren't. I am able to be very accurate with some of my handguns, and others I cannot (I have two comparable 9mms, one I can consistently circumcise a gnat with the other one day I'm somewhat able to hit consistently with it and others not at all).

    That's the best way for me to explain what I mean when I refer to a gun as accurate.
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    A lot of firearms are more accurate than their owners. But for example, I have a Springfield GI 1911, and a Springfield Loaded Target 1911. The target model is certainly a more accurate pistol, for everyone who shoots between the two. This has to do with the fit and quality of the parts that the pistol is made up of. Ammo also plays a role, but with the same ammo the Target generally shoots better groups. The target model also has sights that are easier to use.

    Now, for combat shooting, the GI does just fine, at 15 yards or less, the group is going to be a couple of inches, but with the Target, the group will be tighter assuming I am shooting both of them about the same that day.
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