Bad grouping

Bad grouping

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    Member Array Mxcmead's Avatar
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    Bad grouping

    Hey guys, one of my many pistols is a S&W 4506. Great gun, it was a service pistol used by a friend a while back in the PD. I took it out the other day and couldn't get a good group with it which isn't a problem with my other guns. I let a buddy try it out and he shot great with it. I have fairly small hands and the 4506 is a really large gun. I'm wondering if because I can't get a good grip on it, it's throwing my grouping off. Actually I'm pretty sure that's what it is, could swapping the grips for something more streamline help, or should I just try and trade it in for a 1911. Bad grouping-imageuploadedbytapatalk1343414207.086672.jpg

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    There are plenty of trade-in 3900-series S&W semi-autos, out there. Check GunsAmerica or GunBroker. There's a dozen 3953's on GunsAmerica right now, for example, at under $400 ea. 3913, 3953, 3904 and others. My favorite is probably the 3953 3.5in bbl DAO single-stack, or the 3913. Same great accuracy and quality, but with much better feel (smaller grip circumference) for those of us with smaller hands. Might be worth a trade, if you love Smith's 4506 format but just want a smaller variant of the type.
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    You're probably pulling the trigger sideways instead of straight back. This will shift your sight alignment.

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    Is that it in the photo? I've got a 4566, the shorter version of the 4506, and if you have smaller hands, I'm willing to bet that palm-swell grip is the issue. Mine had the Hogue grips with that same design, and I installed the factory straight grips. BIG difference in fit and feel. Midway carried them at the time. Around $20 w/shp.
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