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Ha, I think the title says it all! Anyway, I got my XD40 about a month ago and I go shooting every week end. When I first got it my shooting was ok. Then the next week end was also not bad. Then, last week my shooting was amazing! Out of 36 rounds I put about 20 on an 8 inch target at 25 yards with 4 bullseyes. Ok, not that good but not bad for not shooting a pistol in like 3years.

Ok so my problems started last week end. After shooting pretty good I couldnt hit the target anymore. I shot 4 more mags and hit it twice. This is the same target and distance I hit 20 times.

Now, this weekend I could not hit the target at all. I hit it a couple times but not as much as I should have.

ANy pointers? I dont really understand the point of aim things people talk about. I line up the sights and put the dot of the front on what I want to shoot. Any links or advice would be much appreciated.

OH yeah, Dons guide rod and 24lb spring work wonderfully! I removed the Hogue grip as it was sliding around and had the potential to hold the safety down.
 

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You didn't say where you were hitting;high, low, L or R. First move the target in. Although you should be able to get good groups with the XD at 25yds, it's still a far shot, move your target closer until the problem is corrected.
Find out where you are hitting consistantly. Low, usually means you are anticipating recoil and you are pushing on the gun at the time of the shot. I had this problem a couple weeks ago while shooting.

L or R, could mean the sights may need adjusting, or it may just be your sight picture, or grip/trigger pull.
 

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What kind of ammo are you using?

Standing vs. Bench?

How are you aiming, 6 0'clock or sight on?

If your using a lighter load you round is falling almost as fast as it is moving. At 25 yard your aim should be about 2.5 inches up. So try aiming high at 25 yards and see where they land.

Also check you anticipation by dry firing, any jerking of the trigger could affect your shot too.
 

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therooster said:
why does everyone shoot at 25yrds?

thats way too far, unless you compete at that distance.
I agree!

These guns were designed for close proximity defence, not sniping. If your threat is 50-100 yards away what's the point of shooting at it, just run the other way. Over 50 yards these guns are worthless, you might as well throw the bullet at them. :lol:

On the other hand, it is fun trying to group some rounds at distance. Just not very practical. :lol:
 

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25 yards isent that far.... i shoot clay's at the local range at 25 yards
 

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It was 25 yards. i doubt the sight is loose as my friends werent having any problems. I think im hitting it low. I dont understand the difference between point of aim and six o'clock. I put the dot on the front sight where I want the bullet to hit. Maybe I am anticipating recoil. i also think I may not be pulling the trigger right.

On a side note- We were at my friends house in the country so we didnt have any regulation. I walk up about 10 yards from the target with a full clip in and a full clip in my carpenter jeans. Needless to say I emptied both clips as fast as possible. Most of the rounds were on target in the first clip. However; I mised em all on the second since the sign holding the target was now just a mess off plastic and metal laying on the ground. AHAHAH
 

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therooster said:
why does everyone shoot at 25yrds?

thats way too far, unless you compete at that distance.

I still believe many people do confuse feet and yards.
 

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Gobs of trigger wisdom here--always go back to the basics--front sight, front sight, front sight, (squeeeeeeze), front sight, front sight....
http://www.glockfaq.com/trigger.htm

Sorry, can't resist--it's a magazine! A clip holds the rounds exposed. A mag is an enclosure. ;)
 

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Nickle1 said:
therooster said:
why does everyone shoot at 25yrds?

thats way too far, unless you compete at that distance.
I agree!

These guns were designed for close proximity defence, not sniping. If your threat is 50-100 yards away what's the point of shooting at it, just run the other way. Over 50 yards these guns are worthless, you might as well throw the bullet at them. :lol:

On the other hand, it is fun trying to group some rounds at distance. Just not very practical. :lol:


Shooting at that distance, gives you trigger control and teaches you sight alignment, also teaches follow through. You should practice with variety of course. If you can make 10 shots out of 10 at 25 yards in the a-zone, then you can speed things up. Does wonders for your shorter distances. the taget looks BIG at 15 yards compared to 25.
 

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The broader your training the broader your skills. Shooting distance does teach you more control I won't disagree there.
 

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[/quote]Shooting at that distance, gives you trigger control and teaches you sight alignment, also teaches follow through. You should practice with variety of course. If you can make 10 shots out of 10 at 25 yards in the a-zone, then you can speed things up. Does wonders for your shorter distances. the taget looks BIG at 15 yards compared to 25.

I agree wholeheartedly. The qualification course we shoot for yearly firearms qualifications in Georgia for LEO has a stage where you shoot at 25 yards. The older course had 12 rounds from 25 yards but the new 30 round course only has 6 rounds at 25 yards which shows de emphasizing shooting at such a distance but incorporates enough training to keep you familiar with sight alignment, follow through etc etc...
 

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I started shooting at 7 yards -- until I developed a little consistency. Then I moved to 10 yards. I have shot a few mags at 15 yards and a few at 25 yards (the max for our indoor range). I'm lucky to get 10 out of 12 on the paper at 25 yards. I shoot mostly at 10 to 15 yards for now.
 

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Try shooting a sighted in 22 pistol like a Buckmark or Ruger. If you find you can hit good with it, your probably flinching. Works for me anyway.
 
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