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Well I got my XD9 Bi-Tone New Years eve and was able to go to the range on New Years and got to put 200 round through it. This is the most I have shot a hand gun in a long time and even then was just plinking with a 22 type stuff. I felt pretty good about how it went and I shot mostly from about 7 yards or so. I noticed I pulled many to the left of my intended target by an inch or so. Is this mostly trigger control that causes this result? I went with a LEO buddy of mine so I got to shoot many of his collection of 9's 40, and 45's and he gave me some pointers.It was a lot of fun and I know I will love sending the lead down range for a long time!! I let my buddy shot the XD and he had never had the opportunity to shoot one. He has S&W, Glocks and Berettas. Anyway I am glad I found this forum and have learned a lot just reading for awhile. Here's to a New Year and lots of fun at the Range:D
 

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If rounds are consistently hitting left of your point of aim (POA), it might be that you're tightening your strong hand grip on the pistol just slightly as you're pulling the trigger. That's a common happening when firing a pistol with a heavy trigger pull.

There are numerous things you can do to correct this (trigger job, etc), but the cheapest way is to concentrate on having your off hand hold the pistol as you pull back the trigger (I puposely use the word "pull") so you don't think of squeezing with your entire hand or other fingers as you engage the trigger) with your strong hand.

I'm sorry, but I don't know how to say it better than that. Maybe if I say to have your off hand be the foundation of your grip so the strong hand can be more relaxed so the finer muscle movements of pulling the trigger rearward can be done without moving the entire strong hand or causing the strong hand fingers to tighten on the grip as you pull back the trigger, you'll get better results and your POA should be your point of impact (POI).

You can practice this by dry firing at home for about 10-15 minutes a day until it's corrected. To help you determine if you're POA is the POI while dry firing, put a sharpened #2 pencil with an eraser in the barrel of your pistol (eraser end first). Tape a piece of paper to the wall and place an aiming point (+) on the paper. Hold the pistol abuot 3-6 inches from the paper, take up a good firing position, set your sights on the aiming point and press the trigger. Where the pencil makes it's mark is your POI. Do this several times a day and try to get your POI in the same place. Note that your POA will not be the same as your POI during this drill because of the close distances, so don't worry about hitting your (+). Just be consistent in where your POI is on the paper. You'll improve drastically in a very short time because this drill will improve your trigger manipulation and your ability to take the same sight picture every time.
 

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If rounds are consistently hitting left of your point of aim (POA), it might be that you're tightening your strong hand grip on the pistol just slightly as you're pulling the trigger. That's a common happening when firing a pistol with a heavy trigger pull.

There are numerous things you can do to correct this (trigger job, etc), but the cheapest way is to concentrate on having your off hand hold the pistol as you pull back the trigger (I puposely use the word "pull") so you don't think of squeezing with your entire hand or other fingers as you engage the trigger) with your strong hand.

I'm sorry, but I don't know how to say it better than that. Maybe if I say to have your off hand be the foundation of your grip so the strong hand can be more relaxed so the finer muscle movements of pulling the trigger rearward can be done without moving the entire strong hand or causing the strong hand fingers to tighten on the grip as you pull back the trigger, you'll get better results and your POA should be your point of impact (POI).

You can practice this by dry firing at home for about 10-15 minutes a day until it's corrected. To help you determine if you're POA is the POI while dry firing, put a sharpened #2 pencil with an eraser in the barrel of your pistol (eraser end first). Tape a piece of paper to the wall and place an aiming point (+) on the paper. Hold the pistol abuot 3-6 inches from the paper, take up a good firing position, set your sights on the aiming point and press the trigger. Where the pencil makes it's mark is your POI. Do this several times a day and try to get your POI in the same place. Note that your POA will not be the same as your POI during this drill because of the close distances, so don't worry about hitting your (+). Just be consistent in where your POI is on the paper. You'll improve drastically in a very short time because this drill will improve your trigger manipulation and your ability to take the same sight picture every time.
Great advice Scout. The trigger does take some getting used to. Try firing 100 rounds through a Kel-Tec P-11 and you'll really appreciate the XD trigger.
 

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What state has a 10 day waiting period? Every this socialist program state of NY doesn't have that.
Being from IL and pissed about a 3 day wait, I'm interested in the answer to this also. I didn't think any state was more oppressive than IL.
 

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And to follow up with my previous post, In NY I can buy a handgun @ 10:00am, go down to the pistol permit office and put it on my license and pick up the pistol at 10:30am the same day. NO waiting period.
 

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This state [email protected]#ks for gun owners and buyers. We also have a Department of Justice list that our Attorney General puts out and if the Gun is not on this list you can't buy it from a FFL. Gun makers need to provide 3 guns of each type and pay the state to approve them. 10 Rd Mag max as well. I wanted to get XDm also but I can't till I move out of here.
If you own a gun make sure you are a NRA member or the rest of the country is going to look more like California now that Obama has been elected!!!
 

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As for the trigger pull. You want to keep even preasure with both hands. If you squeeze to hard with your strong hand it will send rounds left of target. Too much with your weak hand, and it will send them right of target. You want enough control that the gun does not slip in your hand, but no so much that it manipultaes where the round goes. Hope that helps, and congrats on the new gun.
 

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I also have a 9mm service and was having the same issue, Left and Low. I worked on my trigger pull but still low and left. I noticed something that made all the difference in the world. I did not quite have my hand all the way up the grip. Not much of a gap but did have a little. I also have a 9sc and a Ruger p95. I shoot both of then well and the grip comes naturally but, with the service, I have to make sure my grip is high as it will go. When I adjusted, accurancy improved greatly. Just don't think I had enough control of my 9mm service. All is good now. Don't know if this really made me shoot low and left but, it did make a difference.
 

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Thanks Scout06! I have been practicing that drill some tonight and see a noticeable improvement in the POI already. It is a way to get instant feedback and allows you to make slight adjustments in the trigger pull to make a difference. :)
 
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