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Had a blast the past couple of days first time shooting a handgun. Instructors were excellent and I was shooting a Glock 17 nine mm. This was all at close range obviously. Shot 50 rounds each day with noticable improvement day 2, at least to me

Day 1 at the bottom. Hoping to get out for one more try tomorrow.

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That's quite an improvement.
But 'close range' has a number, fess up! :D
 

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That's quite an improvement.
But 'close range' has a number, fess up! :D
LOL, about 5 yards and I was shocked at how difficult it was. I "might" push it back a yard or two tomorrow, anything more than that and I'd likely miss it completely. The target wasn't stationary today thanks to a ventilation fan which presented it's own challenge
 

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BTW, were the targets hung upright or sideways as shown? (I'm assuming upright and you were generally hitting left of center?)
 

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Had a blast the past couple of days first time shooting a handgun. Instructors were excellent and I was shooting a Glock 17 nine mm. This was all at close range obviously. Shot 50 rounds each day with noticable improvement day 2, at least to me
Nice shootin' Tex!

Are you using just the pad of your finger on the trigger, or are you hooking it with the first joint of your finger which can seem more natural? If you do the latter, it can pull the trigger to the right when you fire and thereby tip the barrel to the left, where your shots are clustered. Also avoid OVER-squeezing with your left hand (if you're shooting right-handed).

Hope you punch out the red tomorrow, and then go win enough at the casino to get nicely into the hobby when you get home.
 

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BTW, were the targets hung upright or sideways as shown? (I'm assuming upright and you were generally hitting left of center?)
Yep, upright. I'm a luddite when it comes to cell phones.
 

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Mostly the finger issue, and one of the other instructors pointed out I had a tendency to lean back a bit. I was also not holding the trigger on the break some of the time and just pulling straight through it. If that's the correct terminology.

Nice shootin' Tex!

Are you using just the pad of your finger on the trigger, or are you hooking it with the first joint of your finger which can seem more natural? If you do the latter, it can pull the trigger to the right when you fire and thereby tip the barrel to the left, where your shots are clustered. Also avoid OVER-squeezing with your left hand (if you're shooting right-handed).

Hope you punch out the red tomorrow, and then go win enough at the casino to get nicely into the hobby when you get home.
 
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I used to be heavily involved in the local archery scene and could group arrows like that from 50 yards with a compound, almost as good with a recurve with no sights. Wasn't much interested in longer shots unless I was plugging jugs with blunts in a field somewhere.

Guns and rifles don't interest me at all but I sure miss archery. If my rotator cuff is heals well enough I'd love to start up again.

Target shooting rocks.
 

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Yea, to me handguns and rifles are fairly straightforward. If I'm using a bow and arrow (or worse, a bullwhip), the safest place to be is where I'm aiming.


As for the target practice @davetcan . I hope you're holding the gun like this - or else you ain't really in.

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Yea, to me handguns and rifles are fairly straightforward. If I'm using a bow and arrow (or worse, a bullwhip), the safest place to be is where I'm aiming. As for the target practice @davetcan . I hope you're holding the gun like this - or else you ain't really in.
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:D He's right @davetcan. The instructors at gun ranges are a conservative bunch and most have not caught up with "cool" yet. The guy in the photo is illustrating the modern proper way to shoot.

(NOT!!! The guy in the photo is a dickbrain.)
 

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I know. He mentioned instructors too. I was just kidding due to the carpet shot (which was probably taken off range).
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