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pokefun

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#81
Very nice! If you are brand new to shooting, you might look into getting an instructor to show you the right things (and wrong things) at the range. Learning the fundamentals is important for all of us and starting off with those learning tools can help you be a better/safer shooter form the start.

I always preach:
1. Act as if the gun is loaded at all times.
2. Never point your gun at anything you don't want to destroy.
3. DO NOT put your finger in the trigger well until you are absolutely ready to fire. (point it straight out and hold it against the gun below the slide)
4. Never drink before shooting, not even one.
5. Know your weapon.
Very good, preach on!

For record, I wasn't saying I am about to go all vigilante and run around take out the bad guys, but I would be willing to defend a life if it were needed(I hope).
I didn't mean to insinuate you would go all vigilante, but I would hate to see a fellow Poke go to prison for murder when he killed a bad guy protecting someone he was not legal in protecting. It is, IMHO, stupid of the state to tell me I can't take someone out that is robbing a restaurant and shooting people. In that case I would "fear for my life" and shoot anyway!
 

GodsPeace

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#82
Very good, preach on!



I didn't mean to insinuate you would go all vigilante, but I would hate to see a fellow Poke go to prison for murder when he killed a bad guy protecting someone he was not legal in protecting. It is, IMHO, stupid of the state to tell me I can't take someone out that is robbing a restaurant and shooting people. In that case I would "fear for my life" and shoot anyway!
I honestly don't care what the law says. If I see someone's life in danger, that is clearly not committing a criminal act, and I can save them from a clearly bad/evil person, then I am doing it.
 

dds115

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#83
This SP2022 9mm is a dream. Super accurate. I put 200 through it tonight, and got some pretty good grouping. My last 30 were from 45 feet away. Here are my shots. I was pretty happy with the grouping, minus the two at the bottom. Sorry the picture is sideways. It should be rotated 90 degrees CW

 
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#85
Is it safe to dry fire? I've read different things online. I want to practice shooting and staying stable through the whole trigger pull.
Buy some Snap Caps by A-Zoom... it's the best way to be sure you don't damage your pistol. Some guns will be fine with thousands of dry fires, but some will break. Snap Caps cushion the impact of the firing pin, instead of letting it just slam forward. Mine were like $15 for 5 of them, and they're anodized red so they can't be easily confused with live ammunition.
 

dds115

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#86
Buy some Snap Caps by A-Zoom... it's the best way to be sure you don't damage your pistol. Some guns will be fine with thousands of dry fires, but some will break. Snap Caps cushion the impact of the firing pin, instead of letting it just slam forward. Mine were like $15 for 5 of them, and they're anodized red so they can't be easily confused with live ammunition.
Ok great, thanks.
 

GodsPeace

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#89
You're probably pulling your whole hand down when pulling the trigger. Try lighter trigger pull. I'm usually high and to the left.
That is what I am guessing. The XD has a longer pull, according to others who would know. Anyway...here is my result of a 12 bullet round at about 25-30ft.

 

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#90
That is what I am guessing. The XD has a longer pull, according to others who would know. Anyway...here is my result of a 12 bullet round at about 25-30ft.

To the right like that, you might look at trigger pull. Watch that you're pulling it straight back and not pulling it toward your palm. It's a good thing to practice with snap caps. FWIW.
 
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#92
That target definitely looks like too much finger on the trigger. Great trigger control will help every aspect of your shooting. I'm still learning good trigger control. I catch myself jerking it sometimes, still.
 

MSteph57

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#93
That target definitely looks like too much finger on the trigger. Great trigger control will help every aspect of your shooting. I'm still learning good trigger control. I catch myself jerking it sometimes, still.
and breathing. On my second to last day of my firearms class my instructor finally helped me get my breathing right. 1,2 in hold 1,2,3,4 1,2, out hold 1,2,. Amazing what being tall and firm on your stance can do for you accuracy. I was shooting to early during the end of my inhaling stage.
 

Slugger926

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#94
Something else I learned, if you are having problems with rifle accuracy, go to the pistol range with a good coach watching you. What you do with a rifle will be magnified at the pistol range with the handgun. I found out I had a tendency to lower the barrel as I pulled on the trigger.
 

MSteph57

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Something else I learned, if you are having problems with rifle accuracy, go to the pistol range with a good coach watching you. What you do with a rifle will be magnified at the pistol range with the handgun. I found out I had a tendency to lower the barrel as I pulled on the trigger.
I imagine I have an itch at the base of my thumb. Helped correct me pulling shots.