Why do I keep shooting to the right of my POA?

Why do I keep shooting to the right of my POA?

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    Why do I keep shooting to the right of my POA?

    I have always been a decent shot with just about any rifle I have picked up. Not a crack shot mind you, but I can hold my own.

    Why is it that when I go to the range with a handgun, I have to aim 3-6" left of my intended target at 21' to hit where I am aiming? This seems to be the case no matter what firearm I use, or how I hold/aim it.

    I have tried shooting left handed, right handed, and with both hands. I used both eyes, right primary, left as primary, and closed the other eye as well.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Am I crosseyed enough to see around corners, or what?


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    Same pistol? Perhaps the sights are off. Otherwise , possible too much finger on the trigger. Try adusting your grip and have someone else try shooting and see where it patterns.
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    sounds like grip / trigger finger problem let me see if i can find the target print it and shoot it and it will tell ya what your doing wrong
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    That target is interesting, but wouldn't you have to reverse it if you shoot left handed?

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    yes it would be reversed LH shooting. Another idea might be shooting off a sand bag or similar rest.
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    All these things are valid points, and I am not saying one of them isn't the problem. But this seems to be be a consistant thing with me regardless of the hand or type of weapon I use.

    Am I doing opposite wrong things with each hand? At this point I am open to all suggestions.


    The sandbag is an excellent idea, that should tell me whether it is in my grip/trigger pull or whether I really am cross-eyed.
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    Bryan - come up to PA - we'll go shooting and diagnose your problem
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    Don't tempt me, I might just have to do that.

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    yep i can post ya the left hand one if you want..

    I would try the sand bag also to see if it is something like that

    also have someone else shoot the handgun and see how they shoot the handgun if their on

    then you know its you

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodSamaritan View Post
    Don't tempt me, I might just have to do that.

    Head up this way i got bigger boomers

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    here's the left-handed correction chart.

    However, if you're experiencing the same problem with either hand, I'd tend to say that you have a vision problem.
    Maybe, something like you're left-handed and right-eye dominant.
    But you said that you've tried shooting with both eyes open, either eye closed, etc...
    Maybe you should have your eyes checked.
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    another diagnostic option would be to try a laser -
    aim; then turn on the laser and observer where it falls.
    If the laser falls where you aim, you have a problem that can be corrected by grip, trigger pull, etc...
    if the laser falls to the right of where you're aiming - you probably have a vision problem.

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    How tight are you gripping your pistol with your gun hand?

    Ideally...you should be gripping your pistol hard enough for your knuckles to turn white...and then ease up on your grip pressure a small amount from that extreme degree of grip tightness.
    That is how hard you should be gripping your pistol.


    But, Important Note.
    You need enough finger and hand strength to grip your pistol that tightly and still be able to have your trigger/index finger operate totally independently from your remaining 3 fingers and thumb.

    Most shooters have a much too casual and relaxed grip on their firearm with their gun hand.

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    Nobody seems to have trouble shooting my guns...except me!

    I will definately try the sandbag thing, and I am about due for an eye exam anyway. I'll mention it and find out if my eye doctor is an anti or not. LOL!

    If neither of those fix it, then it looks like I will be investing in a laser for my carry weapon.

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    I haven't been shooting white knuckled, but I do grip the weapon pretty tight. As for grip strength, a quick and dirty experiment revealed that I can sustain a comfortable 65lb reading by squeezing the bathroom scales in my right hand. I can go all the way up to 95ish, but it quivers and becomes a bit painful at that point. Also it tires that hand rapidly. Left handed that goes up to 75 and peaks about the same as the right, however I don't have as much strength in my left wrist. These numbers arent very accurate as the scales are awkward to grip but if you pick one up and try it, you should get a good idea of how much force I am using to grip my weapon, when I say that I am usually exerting something that feels like 55-60lbs.

    Maybe I am just a 250lb weakling?

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