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1911 vs. Glock 17

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by swat220, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. swat220


    Dec 30, 2009
    I'm getting kind of frustrated. I just got back from the range where I spent just about the same amount of ammo through my G17 as I did my Taurus 1911 each one having drastically different results.

    My problem is that at 25 yards (my range doesn't have closer targets:steamed:) My G17 rounds barely hit the target at all, I was missing way left. My 1911 was much closer to center an much more consistent grouping, although still shooting almost exclusively left.

    Anyone have any ideas as to what the discrepancy might be and how to fix it? One thought that I had as to what the issue may be is with trigger pull. the Glock at 5 pounds and the 191 at 3.5. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  2. seanmac45

    seanmac45 CLM

    Apr 13, 2000
    Brooklyn, NY
    You may be anticipating the shot and pulling down as it breaks.

    Try some dedicated dry firing with a strong focus on the front sight. It should not dip at all as the trigger breaks.

  3. If both groups were left, like Seanmac said you are probably anticipating. When my guns don't group where I think they are supposed to, I do two things. First, I fire them supported from the bench. I also have someone I know as a good shooter to shoot the gun. After seeing what the results are, I can get a better idea if the sights just need adjusting or if there is some other problem. FWIW, 5 of the 7 Glocks I've owned needed to have the sights adjusted before they shot where I was aiming.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  4. dgg9


    May 26, 2000
    Bucks County, PA, USA
    Whenever I'm unsure if it's me or the gun, I shoot a few rounds left handed and see if the problem stays the same.
  5. PaulMason


    Feb 10, 2010
    75ft is the closest target? Go to another range where you can get a target closer to you. At that distance you might get the bullets on target but you really will not know if you are doing something wrong just to get them there.
  6. sapper1911


    Nov 3, 2009
    I have a simular issue. Although not to such extreams, while shooting glocks (especialy when tring for small groups) I tend to put them to the left. This usualy translates to 6" or so more left at 25 yards than with my Kimber. I have large hands but short fingers and glocks just don't fit right in my hands. This is the main reason I perfer my personaly owned but authorized 1911 to my issued glock 23. I tend to hold the glock slightly side-saddled and this worked untill we were authorized the 1911's. At most reasonable distances this dosen't matter much so I carry the 23 for defensive purposes (off duty carry, surveillence, office duty) but when it comes to offensive missions (search warrants, buy busts, checking on the bump in the night) its my Kimber in my holster. I've come to respect glocks for thier toughness and relibility but untill they make one that fits (and I can carry due to policy there for no gen 4 or robar) I'll still perfer the 100 year old design.
  7. Jedburgh


    Sep 2, 2009
    North Georgia
    My guess is that it's the trigger. Glocks weigh around 2 pounds loaded and have a 5 pound trigger, while 1911's weigh around 3 pounds loaded with a 4.5 pound trigger.

    To press the Glock trigger to the rear you're applying two and a half times the weight of the pistol. It's a common problem on a light weight pistol. It's one of the reasons people think 1911's just "shoot" better. The single action, heavier pistol will always tend to shoot tighter groups until you work out the problems in your grip.

    If you wrap your weak hand around the trigger guard, it could also contribute to the rounds being pushed left.

    I would take a good look at your grip.

    Good luck.

  8. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003
    My problem is that I don't shoot at your range! :)

    Instead of dry firing, I humbly suggest you get some dummy rounds to mix in with your live rounds, to see what the gun (actually you :)) is doing when the trigger breaks.

    From an earlier thread today....

  9. swat220


    Dec 30, 2009
    Thanks for the advice guys. Some good tips in there that I can work on. I know that I anticipate recoil a little bit but I'm not sure hit to fix it. What I concentrate on most now to avoid this is to just keep applying more pressure on the trigger slowly while keeping sight alignment. That way the trigger will almost "surprise" break. It has helped a little but my shooting flaws are still showing at that distance.

    As far as I know none of the ranges in my area have any targets closer than 25 yds which is frustrating but I do own about 100 acres that isn't really accessible in the winter but I will set up targets there when it warms up to do some closer practicing.

    Would you suggest a tighter or loser grip on the gun? I need a good hands on lesson I think lol. Thanks again guys
  10. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003


    In general, whereabouts are you? Chris Fry (MDTS) is in the central/Oneida NY region

    He runs a good school.

  11. swat220


    Dec 30, 2009
    This is great! Thank you for this link, I have been looking forever for something like this. I attended a Rochester Personal Defense class which was really good but it was over an hour away from my house. I live in a suburb right outside the city of Syracuse so this will be much more convenient. Thanks Drew!
  12. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003
    You're welcome swat.

    Chris Fry is also a Glocktalk member...but he does spend more time on

    Like I said, you will not be disappointed with the stuff he brings to the table - newbie or 10 yr LE veteran.

  13. shnifty


    Nov 25, 2009
    How many rounds do you have through your g17? That used to happen to me. All I've done to improve my accuracy is watch some shooting videos on youtube and practiced dry firing. Figure out the best way for you to get your front sight to not move at all. You shouldn't have any problem creating good groups at 25 yards. squeese the trigger slower?