Glock 19 - Low & Left - Suggestions?

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    Question Glock 19 - Low & Left - Suggestions?

    I'd love to get some thoughts on why I am shooting my Glock 19 (Gen4) low and left (7pm).

    My instructor suggests it is recoil anticipation, and I believe that could be the case. However, I'd love to hear from those with experience as to what else it might be. I've read a lot of posts on this, so here are some variables to consider in your reply:
    1. I am right handed. I shoot with my dominant eye (left) closed.
    2. I have tried different ammo (grains, JHP, FMJ) and get the same general issue.
    3. If I shoot with just my dominant hand (one handed) I am much more dead center than two handed. Strange.
    4. I use the Weaver stance when shooting two-handed.
    5. Another strange anomaly. When aiming at a target straight on, I shoot low and left. When I actually aim at a target that is to the left of my stance, I tend to hit the target.
    6. Shooting my Bodyguard 380--with a much longer trigger pull--I do not have this issue.
    I'm going to continue range practice (about 400 rounds at this point) but wondered if it could be something else other than anticipation or getting used to the trigger.

    Thanks for your help!
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    Try up & to the right?

    Probably too much finger on the trigger and anticipation. I did the same when I got my Glock 30. Now I just hit low, but I do that with every handgun.
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    Last time I saw someone shooting low left, they were also shooting one eye. Shoot with both eyes open, focus on the front sight. If you see two targets (the way the focus works when watching the front sight) you'll aim at the right of the two. When I gave this suggestion to the fella at the range that was shooting low left he ended up right on target.
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    In response to OldVet, since I don't know how you shoot, and I've never seen you shoot, I'll offer this suggestion. I used to shoot low as well. The thing that helped me (and a few others I've helped) is to keep your chin up and bring the gun up to your eyes, don't bring your eyes to the gun.

    If this doesn't apply to your shooting, then of course ignore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Try up & to the right?

    Probably too much finger on the trigger and anticipation. I did the same when I got my Glock 30. Now I just hit low, but I do that with every handgun.
    Yeah, up and to the right would correct it, but that would be like a golfer facing left to correct a slice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    Last time I saw someone shooting low left, they were also shooting one eye. Shoot with both eyes open, focus on the front sight. If you see two targets (the way the focus works when watching the front sight) you'll aim at the right of the two. When I gave this suggestion to the fella at the range that was shooting low left he ended up right on target.
    I'll try both eyes open next time and see if that helps. Thanks!
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    Concentrate on a slow, clean, steady trigger pull and see if that doesn't get you back on target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    He was only messin around ;)
    I did think that might be the case, but I have actually seen that given as advice elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Concentrate on a slow, clean, steady trigger pull and see if that doesn't get you back on target.
    Thanks. I'll keep working on that.
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    When I was shooting low left it was because of to much finger on the trigger and anticipation of recoil. Took a bit of practice but I did get over it most of the time. Now they want to me shoot with both eyes open. Always changing things on me lol.
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    Generally, unless you're shooting for marksmanship purposes, it's best to keep both eyes open. In a self defense situation, your adrenaline is gonna be flowing, you're going to have tunnel vision, and both eyes are going to be WIDE open. Best to train with both eyes open if that's how they're going to be when it counts.
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    So far, it seems having both eyes open is a strong suggestion. I suspected it might be--hence mentioning that I keep one eye closed.

    I'm going to focus (pardon the pun) on that during my next range trip.

    Thanks!
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    Check this out:
    Correction Chart -- Right hand
    http://www.gunlink.info/targets/PistolChartR1S.pdf

    Correction Chart -- Left hand
    http://www.gunlink.info/targets/PistolChartL1S.pdf
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    Has anyone ever shown you a correction target overlay?

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    Let me know how it turns out.
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