First shots with 1911 - Critique?

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    First shots with 1911 - Critique?

    200 flawless rounds of WWB down range now with my Rock Island Armory Tactical. :D

    The more I shoot it, the more I love it.

    I know the gun is more accurate than I am, and it doesn't lie to me... I have some practice to do with it, but here's my first real shots on target with her.

    2nd 100 rounds were at targets shown below.

    LEFT HANDED (Just in case anyone wants to provide some pointers.)

    5 yards / 16 rounds

    1911 @ 5 yards by Christopher Nauman, on Flickr

    7 yards / 16 rounds

    1911 @ 7 yards by Christopher Nauman, on Flickr

    9 yards / 16 rounds

    1911 @ 9 yards by Christopher Nauman, on Flickr

    9 yards / 52 rounds one handed

    1911 @ 9 yards by Christopher Nauman, on Flickr

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    consistent low & right means you are squeezing your fingers at/as the gun fires.
    test this--point the UNLOADED gun at the clock and fire....notice how the bbl dipped down & to the right?

    now, start with a firmer grip:
    start strong--stay strong--end strong.

    otherwise good group

    what was your rate of fire? 1 per second?

    your stray shots indicate either you were getting tired ( they were among the last fired?)
    or you spead up faster than you are good enough yet to do.
    but still not bad at the distances you stated.
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    Thanks for the input!

    As far as the strays (the bad ones anyway), I felt they were going to be bad and sure enough - they were. I think it was anticipation of recoil on those because it was almost like I looked to the target to see where they kit just as the trigger was pulled and the round fired.

    I think you nailed it though, toward the end I tried a slightly different grip with a tighter hold and it really helped shrink the grouping (note the huge hole in the last one).

    Only been shooting a handgun since January so I always take tips like yours to heart on the next range trip, will note these on my phone's notebook and look it over before I shoot next time.

    Thanks for taking the time to give your thoughts.

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    Thanks for posting this about the Rock Island.

    Do you like the trigger? Any I've examined had triggers that were quite nice. Good triggers help.

    My son has one. I think they're a pretty good deal.
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    turn the gun upside down and shoot again,that should bring your shots up a little high and left.....J/K
    My RIA actually has a smoother trigger than my Colt xse
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    practice is what leads to improvement so the spread ain't a bad thing...you are nut throwing bullets away...
    over time when you end a session with dbl taps and they are in the main group--well thats you getting better.

    don't force speed; slow and smooth is your practice for draw to 1st shot.
    smooth is good
    and the smoother you are, the less wasted motion: the faster you will become naturally.
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    Thanks guys!

    LOVE the trigger on it... very nice.

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    Another A 1 report of the RIA 1911... I want two things right now and RIA is #1..haha!

    Great report and shooting too.
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    Rock Islands ROCK!!. I have the GI and a CS,both with a Lifetime Warranty that they honor. I sent the CS in for some issues and had it back a week later all fluffed and buffed,totally reliable now. Great Weapons!!.

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