snub nose shooting help needed
Ok, so recently I got my S&W 638, which I intend to use as a carry piece during the warmer months when I can carry. The problem is that I don't feel comfortable carrying it yet. After two range trips of about 100 rounds each, I can't seem to get a decent grouping out of it, nor a level of accuracy for even under 7 yards that I find acceptable.
I am no great marksman, but I can usually do a pretty respectable job with a handgun. On both trips, it tended to shoot high, although beyond that there was no pattern to my lack of skills (yeah, I am going to blame myself for this instead of the revolver.) I don't think that it is just the sights, because they are pretty much the same as on my Rossi 461, which I am completely comfortable with out to 15 yards or so with. The Rossi does have a full size grip though, and the Smith obviously does not, and I think that is where most of the problem is coming from. My father also seemed to be shooting it high.
As best as I can describe my firing grip on it, the web between my thumb and index finger is at the bottom of the hammer slot, choked up high, with thumb tucked down, touching the middle finger, with both middle and ring finger on the grip fully, and pinky kind of curled up on the bottom of the grip (sorry, I don't have a camera at school or id try to take pics.)
So, if anyone has any suggestions or comments even on anything as basic as how to hold a weapon with the shortened grip, I'll try em, because my shooting with it can't get too much worse at this point. Thanks in advance.