Have I lost it? Funny range trip.

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    Have I lost it? Funny range trip.

    So I was at the range this past Sunday trying out my BHP which just came home from an absurdly long stay at a pistol smith. I had put about 100 rounds through it and everything was going fine. I do not claim to be some kind of magical shot, but I practice enough that I do not usually embarrass myself.

    Anyway, I was doing Mozambique drills when my head shot struck just at the edge of the target's head. Slightly frustrated I paused, took a deep breath, and tried again. This time my head shot missed entirely by a few inches. Now bordering on irritated I gave it another try and managed to spray the target worse than I did on my first day at the range. The three shots are almost off the paper! (And mind you, this was a large human shaped target.) Staring in total disbelief I clicked the safety on, put down my pistol, and wondered what on earth was going on. Did my brain forget how to focus through my dominant eye? Am I having a stroke? Maybe I just stink!

    Then it dawned on me that the other range member must be asking themselves if they want to be so close while some idiot who can hardly keep his shots on the paper is blasting away like a fool.

    Irritated, embarrassed, and confused I looked down at my BHP as I contemplated what my next move should be. And there it was! The front sight had worked its way loose and wiggled over to the edge of the slide! (Yes, I know the smith stinks. I figured that out once he was three years late and still didn't complete the build the way I had asked for it.)
    The good thing about this was it gave me a chance to practice my point shooting (which I had some training in a while ago) without the distraction of a front sight.

    Anyway, I got a good laugh out of the situation and thought that some of you might also.
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    Everybody has bad days at the range, I know I do! However, that would frustrate the heck out of me.

    You have learned the lesson I did awhile back. Similar situation. Shots were all over the place and I was getting a little nervous about being on the same range with myself(lol!). Sure enough, my rear sight had shifted.

    Glad you worked it out. And you got to practice point-shooting. That's always good.
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    I had that happen to me too, don't feel bad. Apparently there's not much material for a good dovetail of for the front sight on a Hi Power. A good staked front sight or a bit of Loctite seem to be a necessity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    I had that happen to me too, don't feel bad. Apparently there's not much material for a good dovetail of for the front sight. A good staked front sight or a bit of Loctite seem to be a necessity.
    Never had one wiggle to the edge of the slide, but have had one walk well out of true.

    It was newly installed, also.

    New gunsmith time!
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    I just ordered some XS big dots for my 1911,the installation video shows him using red loctite after in stalling the front sight and after using a q-tip to remove excess allowing at least 2 hr drying time
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    My first lesson in LocTite occurred at an IDPA match. I was the first shooter on the first stage of the day, and the very first target to be engaged was a headshot with a 'non-threat' target off to the side. Distance to the target was...maybe five yards, probably less.

    The buzzer went off, I smoothly sliced my vest away from the holster, drew, presented, and in under 1.5 seconds had put a tight group of two center-head shots...on the non-threat.

    I stopped and stared dumbfounded at the targets, then at the gun, noting that the rear XS sight on my beloved P220 was jiggling listlessly at the extreme left side of the dovetail. Bloody set screws...

    The next week, thanks to some blue LocTite and my SIG sight pusher, the P220 and I had a much better outing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzaerexys View Post
    My first lesson in LocTite occurred at an IDPA match. I was the first shooter on the first stage of the day, and the very first target to be engaged was a headshot with a 'non-threat' target off to the side. Distance to the target was...maybe five yards, probably less.

    The buzzer went off, I smoothly sliced my vest away from the holster, drew, presented, and in under 1.5 seconds had put a tight group of two center-head shots...on the non-threat.

    I stopped and stared dumbfounded at the targets, then at the gun, noting that the rear XS sight on my beloved P220 was jiggling listlessly at the extreme left side of the dovetail. Bloody set screws...

    The next week, thanks to some blue LocTite and my SIG sight pusher, the P220 and I had a much better outing!

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