First Range Day with New Kimber

First Range Day with New Kimber

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    First Range Day with New Kimber

    Well, I took the Kimber to the range for the first time this morning. I had been reading about Kimber problems. The reviews were all over the place, so I decided to stop reading and just go out and shoot it. I put about 250 rounds down range without so much as a hiccup. I know this looks bad, but I decided to post my target. I figure this is the result of me doing something wrong. I'm shooting at 10 yards.
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    I'm sure someone here can look at this and give me some suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong. Thanks for any advice.
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    Are you left or right handed?
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    I'm right handed.
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    Check your grip your doing what I do and pulling to the left

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    Shooting Wheel: Diagnostic Tool

    See the attached if you can get it open, or PM me your e-mail address and I'll send it to you. A good coach can watch you and easily figure it out I bet.

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    Thanks for that. I see some things that I'm doing wrong. I'll work on those issues next time I shoot. I have to work real hard on being surprised by the shot.
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    Dry fire too. Stand a nickel on edge on top of your Kimber while doing dry fire drills and see if you can keep it standing. Remember a new gun is a new grip, and you may just be settling into the new grip.
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    Thanks. I'll incorporate all of this as I practice.
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    Love them kimbers

    I have a pro Crimson Carry and have trained extensively with it (along with other 1911's). Initially, understand there is a break in period. Kimber claims 500 rounds. Dont get too upset to start with. Break in periods are usually about operation though, not accuracy. With that I think you are anticipating your shots. Use that "Wheel" most train with to understand it, but the way I trained broke down to this;

    1-STAY FOCUSED on your front sight, with your target blurred behind it. Watch that FRONT sight as you proceed, stay focused on the FRONT SIGHT. Assure it stays centered in the rears, not floating up or down or sideways as you go through these steps. You will see that front sight move if you are messing it up, and I guarantee if your target in the picture is true, this is what you are doing.
    2-As you are gripping your gun, keep your grip on the front and back of the frame/grip. Try not to press the sides, or jerk the trigger.
    3-Press the trigger very slowly, very slowly, and let the gun do its job. It will work great if YOU dont screw it up. Achieve a surprise break in the trigger.
    4-Repeat at a similar rate of speed. Should be about 1 round every 10-20 seconds until you are out, and repeat until your groups improve. Then increase speed to about half the time until groups are similar, etc etc.

    If you were not surprised by the trigger break, you anticipated. BTW, an EXTREMELY common issue and especially with the 1911 and takes practice to get through. I burnt through some 500 rounds, before I figured it out. With the pro 4" barrel, my groups improved to about silver dollars at 10, and many 7 yard volleys were tearing the same hole. This works, but its a mind game, not so much a gun trick. Practice.

    Good luck! Lets see a new target posting soon.

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    I-man. Looking at that target im seeing good combat effective hits. Anyone on the receiving end of that would be put down for good. Suggestion.. Slow down, get your fundamentals right, then the speed will come. Also, front sight focus can be your friend....
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    Thanks for the advice. One problem is that I'm having to learn the fundamentals on my own. We don't have any classes in my area. I follow the advice of the more seasoned shooters at the range and pick up what I can from online forums (when the advice sounds credible).
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    Try this video to start.

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    Thanks. I just watched it and that was very helpful. I'll watch it and practice it several hundred more times before I go to the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    Thanks. I just watched it and that was very helpful. I'll watch it and practice it several hundred more times before I go to the range.
    Kewl, dont forget to watch some of Rob Pincus, and James Yeager. If your going at this on your own. All of these instructors will benefit you....
    Don"t let stupid be your skill set....

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