I went to the gun range today and shot a handgun for the first time in many years.
I rented a Glock 23 and shot 50 rounds through it.
I realized quickly that I was pulling to the right, badly on every shot. I finally reached the point where I could hit the bullseye or at least the first circle consistently by aiming for the left edge of the #8 circle exactly even with the bullseye.
One of the Range Officers suggested that I was probably squeezing the gun too tightly and maybe aiming low (anticipating recoil). Does anyone agree or have other suggestions? Based on my current situation I'd have to aim for a BG's right armpit to have any certainty of hitting him in the chest. !
I did find some improvement when I squeezed the trigger rather than pulling it. I also realize that because it was the first time in many years I was nervous, out of my element, and well aware that I was operating a deadly instrument. I know I was very tense, and I think my posture was too parallel to the target rather than angled away with my weak side toward the target as I think it should have been.
I'm also not sure I was sighting correctly.
As far as the gun itself, I'm wondering if the 23 is thicker than the 19, and if the 19 would therefore be a little easier to hold and fire.
I had planned to try 9mm but after reading the thread with the analysis by the coroner I had been swayed toward the larger 40cal.
I would appreciate any advice anyone might have.