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Old 03-19-2013, 08:05   #14
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Originally Posted by Doughnutman_923 View Post
....... With my G21 I have also experienced this infallible accuracy, until I decided to test out my trigger control with a paper plate at about 20 feet.

I can hit a soda can thrown down the hill and across the river (around 75 feet) dead on every single time, I can hit a floating shotgun shell moving swiftly down the river, but when I drew circles on a paper plate and tried to hit them at 20 feet I was about 4'' down and 3'' left of the silver dollar sized target .......
Well, ....... these ARE the comments of a promising, but, grossly undisciplined shooter. (No offense, OK!)

Originally Posted by Doughnutman_923 View Post
I have Glock Night Sights (Much thanks to the gentlemen who sent them to me!) with a little - above the line on the rear sight, so I assume it is the correct height.
I have no idea what you're trying to say here? Maybe something about your sight picture?

Originally Posted by Doughnutman_923 View Post
Just wondering if anyone has any advice. I tried adjusting my grip and placing my trigger finger on the trigger different ways. Just can't seem to get that close accuracy down. When I dry-fire, I put a dime on the front sight, and it hardly ever moves or falls off. Guess I'm just better at long shots?

Any advice is appreciated, even if it's a stern "You suck!" or "Stop limpwristing it!"
I'm tempted to say it; but I won't!

Plain and simple: You're jerking the trigger. Exactly 'Why'? remains uncertain. The most likely cause is that you're losing your, 'target focus'. Instead of aiming at the target in the same way you do on those, 'shotgun shells in the water', you're expanding your vision to aim at the whole plate rather than that one small spot on the plate you actually want to hit. Perhaps the proximity of the plate is, also, throwing you off? You're definitely overconfident, and definitely jerking the trigger back too quickly. I suggest you return to the fundamentals of good marksmanship, and begin carefully watching your front sight AND the target, again.

I've been shooting for a lot longer than you. (I'm no longer able to imagine what it must be like to be 20 years old, again, and have my first pistol!) At 7 yards I'll often not even look at the sights. (What for?) After awhile it all becomes just, 'point 'n shoot', anyway. You, however, haven't been shooting for long enough to have your concepts of, 'spatial relationships and targets' fixed firmly in your head.

Take my advice and return to the fundamentals of all good marksmanship. When you get your mental discipline back, you'll be fine. Right now you ain't anyplace the rest of us, also, haven't been at one time or another. After the heart attack I - to my absolute amazement - had to reeducate myself in, both, how to drive a car as well as precisely use a pistol.

Skill with a firearm is a, 'depreciating physical asset'. You either use it, and keep up; or it will gradually be taken away from you. As you go through life, changes in your physical health - the ways in which your mind relates to your body - will, also, affect your personal ability to hit the target. MANY TIMES, I've seen this, 'aiming phenomenon' occur in others - Mostly older men. (So now, I suppose, I'm getting my turn!) Happily, and with practice, it is curable to a certain extent!

(Nobody ever said it was going to be easy - Right! Go back to the fundamentals.)
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