So..I finally shot my Glock 36...

So..I finally shot my Glock 36...

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    So..I finally shot my Glock 36...

    and it was my first time ever shooting a gun, so i kinda winged it...

    anyways, does anyone have any tips on shooting this gun or a .45 in general? i had one stovepipe out of 50 and alot of my shots were going down and to the left even though i was aiming straight ahead. im pretty sure i was anticipating the recoil.
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    You hit the nail on the head, low and left is the most common mistake made in shooting.

    I suggest you do a lot of dry firing, paying close attention to maintaining a steady, rock solid platform.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Congrats on the Glock 36! I've been looking at them, myself, since my Glock 21 is...ummm...fairly large and heavy. (Yes, I do miss my full-size 1911.)

    There are targets available that will help you diagnose your issues. If you are right-handed, try this one... If you are left-handed, try this one.

    These targets were great aids when I began pistol shooting. A friend who was involved in shooting competitions got tired of coaching me and recommended them.

    Keep a firm grip and wrist and practice. Oh...remember....dry-firing counts as practice. That is, "shooting" the pistol without using ammunition. (Be sure to leave the ammunition...all ammunition...in another room before dry-firing. Unloaded firearms don't really exist...so be extra safe!) By dry firing, one can concentrate on grip/trigger/sight issues without either developing a "flinch" or spending a lot of money on ammo.

    Congrats on a fine firearm! Enjoy...and be safe!

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    hmm well i think i was trying too hard to not limp wrist and i was tightening my wrists and grip... which in turn made me aim down and to the right as i was pulling the trigger.

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    I too purchased a G36 just a few weeks ago. I experienced the same issue when I took mine to the range. I knew that I was over-compensating for the expected recoil. One I realized what I was doing I started to loosen the grip a little and my shots came back on target. Since I was just attempting to run some rounds through it I was shooting COM and was not concerned with groupings. Really just trying to get a feel for the pistol. All shots were on paper between 20' - 50', groupings were non existant though.

    What I'm amazed at is that you experienced a stovepipe. What ammon were you using? I fired over a 150 rounds through mine with zero malfunctions. I was using both Winchester 230gr FMJ(<$30/ per 100) and Remington 230gr. JHP(~$36/ 100) rounds, all purchased from Wally World; best price I could find.

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    i was using the blazer brass from walmart, 50 for 15 bucks. im pretty sure the stove pipe was my fault... id never shot a gun before this so i was pretty shocked at the power of it to be honest and i found myself kinda... nervous during the whole thing.

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    One mistake is during the trigger pull you tend to squeeze the grip tighter curling your fingers which moves the gun barrel down and left,like everybody said practice dry firing and keeping sight picture on target,also placing a coin on front top of slide will keep you from flinching during dry fire.try to instill good habits from the start that way you won't be breaking bad ones later.Also I shoot a 22 a lot,light recoil cheap ammo,and you use the same technique as larger calibres
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post

    I suggest you do a lot of dry firing, paying close attention to maintaining a steady, rock solid platform.
    Get some Snap Caps to protect your firing pin if you are going to dry fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    Get some Snap Caps to protect your firing pin if you are going to dry fire.
    Glocks are stryker fired, no snap caps required.

    Also, its not suprising you had a malf., Glock are very subject to limp wristing, esp. in the bigger calibers.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    A good drill, to use with snap-caps, is the wall drill that's explained at pistol-training. com:

    pistol-training.com Blog Archive Drill of the Week: The Wall Drill

    Since you're new to shooting, I would recommend spending the money on a good instructor...it can save you time and cash on the ammunition you'd shoot trying to figure out and undo any bad habits you can easily develop.

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    over compensating for recoil and trigger control. I did the exact same thing with my 45. I loosened my grip and eased up on the trigger. That fixed it.
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    congrats on the weapon

    I've heard of more limp wrist effects on the 36 than most other glocks (maybe unfounded, but thats what I've heard), I've had zero weapon failures with my 30

    first....practice, practice, practice
    at home, make sure its unloaded, double check its unloaded, then check again to make sure its unloaded, with the 36 you'll need to have an empty mag in to allow for the full grip since bottom of mag extends for the pinky to wrap around, no since in practicing dry fires without the grip you'll use with a loaded weapon

    next, make sure that you aren't putting a death grip on the thing with the shooting hand, use a tighter grip with the secondary hand to control aim/recoil than the firing hand

    no need for snap caps with the glock, so with unloaded weapon (refer to above) aim at something on a wall and while looking at your front sight slowly pull trigger to the point the striker fires, is your front sight moving when you pull the trigger? in your case you'll most likely see it go left and down a bit; keep practicing this so your front sight does not move when the trigger breaks (striker fires)
    you can reset the sear (trigger) by pulling the slide back just a bit, if you have the empty mag in and pull slide all the way back it will lock

    if you repeat this over and over, every chance you get you will learn how to use that trigger finger and not move the front sight around, this will help you get rid of the habit of anticipating the recoil and will give you nice smooth trigger control

    start with nice slow smooth trigger pull without moving the front sight, speed will come later but you need to get this smooth trigger pull first
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    Congrats, I love my G36.

    I think it's far from a starter gun, but practice a lot and your "nervousness" and anticipation will go away.

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    Lock your wrist and use a firm grip for the Glock 36.

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    So..I finally shot my Glock 36...
    and it was my first time ever shooting a gun
    Congratulations on your first pistol, and your first Glock! Hope it becomes your new best friend too. Give it your best time, and practice, and remember to be safe always. No matter the make of pistol, one chambered in 45acp seems to carry a certain weight all of it's own. Interesting you've chosen it as a first. Good luck with it all!

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