Gun range revelations
The wife and I went shooting yesterday night, as weekday nights leave the range and store pretty much empty. After finding shotguns are no longer allowed as the wadding clogs their cleaning system (whatever) we got out on the range to do a little practice with our EDCs. Me with my M&P .40c and her with her Kahr CW9. I've slowly moved over the years from a Weaver stance to an Isosceles and have seen my shooting improve quite markedly recently. I was doing pretty well last night, probably some of the best shooting I've done.
The wife has always struggled a little with getting tight groups. We've thought maybe she's left eye dominant despite being right-handed, but never really gave it too much thought. I noticed her really leaning her head over last night though, so after some struggles with getting tight groups again I finally told her to switch grips and stances and try everything opposite.
Well heck. That explains some things. We switched some things around again, and after we got home later discussed whether she should carry lefty or righty, or maybe cross-draw. We're still working on that, and the accuracy, while better, could still be improved. But now we have an idea of what's been holding her back.
Once we finished up our shooting, I decided to drop a little extra cash and rent a 1911 to put a few rounds through, as I've been looking at a Springfield Loaded they have used for $700. They didn't have a Springfield to rent, and the one that looked the closest was a Wilson Combat CQB. Went ahead and rented the CQB and got a box of 50 rounds. Put out a new target, loaded up and took aim.
Man, if I thought I was getting good (alright, maybe just OK) with my M&P .40c I should really get a 1911. I've only ever shot one once before this and that was 3 years ago. Two shots in I figured out the trigger and was shooting better than I ever have with my M&P. At somewhere around 30-35 feet I was making about 7-8 inch groups at around 2 rounds per second. I can only do a group that tight that fast at about 20 feet with my M&P. I've always felt like I should be shooting better than I do. Maybe, just maybe, for once, the equipment was part of the problem and not just the shooter. Who knows.
-Right hand/left eye dominance can mess a shooter up.
-I reeaally want a 1911.
You really deserve a good 1911. There is no substitute.
There's a big monetary difference between the Wilson and that M&P for a reason.
Great Post. Thanks for sharing that... and for furthering my sickness for a 1911! I have been combing the Kimber & Wilson websites looking at all that savory gun porn... ***SNAPS OUT OF IT***
I am looking at getting the Kimber Crimson Carry. I want it my pocket book don't.
I have a Kimber Super Custom Carry HD it is absolutely OUTSTANDING!
I am right handed and left eye dominant. Having her close her right eye for a while will usually force her to make the small changes needed to shoot well. There is no need to change hands with a pistol, a slight shift in how you hold your hands and the gun will get everything lined up very well.
Yeah we're working to figure out what works best for her. At this point, other than a few outliers, most of her shots are centered but tend to be low. Those that aren't tend to the left more than the right.
Originally Posted by Echo_Four
Mine just scatter all around the center point of my aim. Probably just shaky hands.