Post range target analysis
So I took the mrs. and the new XD9sc to the indoor range down the street yesterday for the first time. It was the first time either of us have shot anything over a .22. I was expecting there to be a little more recoil but it wasn't that bad at all. We each dropped about 50 rounds into a couple of targets... just getting familiar with the firearm and range.
Something we both experienced was shooting a little low. Mine was low... her's was low and to the right. We didn't realize until she was working on her last magazine that she had her finger all the way through the trigger guard and was using the crease between the first 2 indexes of the finger instead of the pad of her finger so that may have possibly been the problem of her pulling slightly right?
Now for both of us pulling down? I noticed that the further away the target got... the closer to center I was getting. I'm not that tall but I felt the targets were hanging a little low so I'm not sure if in trying to acquire a proper sighting on the center if I was tilting the front-sight down or not. She is 7 inches shorter and the target was at the same height and she pulled down also. Maybe we were both anticipating the recoil and tightening the grip too much?
Gun: SA XD9sc
Ammo: WWB 115g 9mm
Height of target: unknown
Distance: 15, 20 & 25 ft
Diameter of black in target: 5.25 inches
Sorry... I didn't mark each distance.... but I do remember better accuracy as the target got further away. That may have came with getting a little more comfortable and used to the firearm as well because I started at the shortest distance and increased distances progressively through the session.
She kept saying she was disappointed and I tried to keep reassuring her that she was doing great... and besides... with it being our first time I went in with no expectations what-so-ever. I didn't want her to get discouraged so I kept letting her know she was doing great. I don't know if she believed me but I honestly thought she was doing well... especially for it only being her first time. While she was disappointed (and I don't think there was any reason for her to be)... she said she had A LOT of fun and looks forward to going back and doing it again.
For me? I always strive to better myself no matter what I'm doing so I don't know if I will ever be *satisfied* knowing that I will never reach perfection. I don't believe in practice makes perfect... but I do believe in proper practice makes better so I plan on practicing as often as I can and hopefully I'll get better.
I'm sure it will come with time... but if you have advice for the Mrs. and I... we would greatly appreciate it!