Up until the other day, I had not dry fired a handgun for trigger control. Didn't like the idea of it. I figured that it wasn't all that critical, something the circuit guys do.
Last time I was at the range, everything from three different guns was way low and way left. With a center head hold on an IDPA target at 15 yards, the target's shoulder was history. The head remained intact.
I called a guy around here that is pretty decent and explained the problem. He laughed and said if he doesn't dry fire three times a week for 10-15 minutes, he goes low and left as well. Told me I needed to dry fire, and mind the sights and reset.
So I did. Hung a rifle target with a 1 inch bull and would draw, fire, rack, and repeat. Surprise, surprise. Every time I squeezed (jerked), the sights went low and left. So I slowed way down and concentrated. Very quickly, the sights stayed put. Might be onto something. Practiced every night for the last four days. Then went to the shoot this morning.
While I do not consider myself a good shot with a handgun, I can surely say that I have NEVER shot with the degree of accuracy that I shot with today. Oh man, was she right on. Smooth, right where I aimed. Steels, threats, and even the non-threats (oops) were laid out. Best shooting I have ever done with a handgun since I got serious about them a year ago. Confidence is high.
Dry firing will now be the preferred method of training. Beats running through a box of White Box and still not knowing the problem. Embarassed at not figuring out such an easy fix, but glad it's figured out.