Why do I keep shooting low??

Why do I keep shooting low??

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    Why do I keep shooting low??

    I just don't understand it, I've never had this problem before but I went target shooting Sunday and shot low consistantly all day with 4 different guns! I started with the PF9, then went to a 1911, then a 357, and finally with a 41. I can't figure out what I was doing wrong!
    By the end of the day I was ready to sell all of my guns and take up croquet or something.
    Any thoughts?

    By the way, I put another 50 rounds through the PF9 and it performed perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmaycraft View Post
    I just don't understand it, I've never had this problem before but I went target shooting Sunday and shot low consistantly all day with 4 different guns! I started with the PF9, then went to a 1911, then a 357, and finally with a 41. I can't figure out what I was doing wrong!
    By the end of the day I was ready to sell all of my guns and take up croquet or something.
    Any thoughts?

    By the way, I put another 50 rounds through the PF9 and it performed perfectly!

    FMC
    Sometimes caused by anticipating recoil and unconsciously trying to control it by holding the wrist down. This has been true in my case at least.

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    It's not good if you are shooting bulls eyes, but not so bad for SD - if your first is low, the second through last round you have will walk higher. It is not a bad thing to stitch them from crotch to eyeball.
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    wmhawth I think may have that nailed!

    Next time shooting - get a friend to load your semi or revo with one or two dummy rounds. Try and get a few if you haven't any. If no buddy to shoot with - load some mag's in advance for a semi - with odd dummy rounds - and then shoot as if all rounds will go.

    This is ''ball and dummy" and when the gun goes ''click'' instead of ''bang'' - you will almost certainly find a flinch - which could well be ''pushing'' into the gun as you anticipate recoil. Shots will go low.

    Ask yourself too as each shot goes - ''did I expect that?" - chances are you could be pulling trigger thinking ''this sucker's gonna go'' Instead a good release should have you saying - ''oh - it went''! That would be usually the better shot if your sighting is OK.

    Finally - with empty gun - do some dry fire to get the imprinting of good trigger release - nice and progressive with no jerks or sudden input.
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    Yep, not such a huge problem for rapid fire self defense because you'll naturally stitch your shots upward.
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    I think you hit the nail on the head with the anticipated recoil. I'll see what I can do about it!
    Thanks for the advice, and yeah for self defense, I figured I'd just start at the crotch and work my way up.

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    fish, are you trying to see if you hit your target? I have your problem, I am trying to see all the time if I am hitting where I am aimimg that I start to drop the front of the gun before I shoot. Concentrate on your front sight, make the shot(s) and then look at the target.
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    I was always shooting low and to the left till a LEO friend pointed out what I was doing wrong - tightening my fingers in anticipation of the bang. A little practice with that in mind, I've been fine since. I still tend to do it at first when I'm shooting a new gun for the first time.
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    I have a similar problem. Low left, worse with the G17 than the G23. I jerk my wrist/hand in anticipation of recoil. I let my wife load the gun and told her to chamber a round or don't but not to tell me. When I squeezed the trigger there was not a round chamber but I flexed as if I was expecting recoil. I hope to overcome it soon.
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    Oh goodness, I started shooting high and to the left, then high and to the right, then straight to the left, then straight to the right, then low... AHHHHH....

    I can never seen to get it just right.

    I give up!







    Until next week!


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    +1 on the dummy rounds, If you reload make a round without powder and a primer. Mark the case with a sharpie somewhere so it doesn't get mixed with good ammo. I shoot alone often, so I will lay out however many rounds that pistol shoots, in front of me on the counter and load them up without looking at the magazine. You know the dummy round is in there, but unless it's the last one, the drill will work to see if you are doing anything wrong. Sometimes when I'm not 100% focused on each shot, I am amazed at how much movement I have when anticipating the discharge. Good luck!

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