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I just took my brother shooting with me today and noticed that he was shooting consistantly low and right. I am using the 6 o'clock aimpoint and have no problems, but when he tries he shoots about 6" low and 3-4" right consistantly. What can I have him try that might fix this problem?
 

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Is he jerking the trigger or gently bringing it back? Only thing I can think of as far as consistantly to the right is jerking the trigger, and the low shots would be anticipating recoil, if I remember right.

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his trigger technique is poor
 

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Yeah it's probably a trigger control problem. I'm just starting to fix my bad trigger habits. I brought my groups down from shotgun patterning to just a little under 3 inches. Weekly practice pays off. :mrgreen:

Next time you go shooting with him emphasize that you aren't in a hurry and that he should SLOWLY SQUEEZE the trigger while focusing only on the front sight. These few simple things helped me out greatly.

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Thanks guys. I am a novice shooter as well so I really didn't know how to help him. I will try your suggestions next time we shoot. Any other ideas or drills for new shooters would be great. Thanks again, you guys are great.
 

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OEF took care of your problem.. do you know how many times he has posted that pic?! Dutifully, he has posted it once again..

LOL... I love poking fun at OEF.. He takes it well, and gives back..

Seriously though.. gripping the pistol too tightly is a problem that I share with your brother.. it feels natural to me, and I have to consciously force myself to relax... another exercise that may help on the issue of the trigger is after firing, have your brother release the trigger slowly until he can hear/feel the trigger reset; then pull the trigger again. This has improved my shooting to a great degree.. My focus is better, and the feel of the trigger seems to be enhanced... Give it a try.

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Actually I'm afraid to shoot at a target like that. I just know I'd end up putting a bullet hole in each one of those problems.

But on the other hand... Think I will take a copy of that target next time out to do a shoot at seven yards and see what happens. I'll take a pic of it and post here in a couple weeks.
 

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Yeah, that target would be useless for me. When I screw up, it's all over the board.
 

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MY normal range has one of these hanging on the wall. I have had to walk out of the firing area and point it out to some friends to tell them what theyre doing.

Do note that this is for RIGHT handers. Swap everything for left handers.

He is likely squezing his entire hand when he fires, rather than just easing the trigger. Tell him to relax his grip and just let the trigger travel, concentrating not to squeeze his other fingers or thumb.

Also, for a beginner shooter, ask him to take up all the slack in the trigger before pulling, rather than start his pull from a fully relaxed trigger. This will give him a shorter distance to do anything "wrong".
 

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Captain Ray said:
Seriously though.. gripping the pistol too tightly is a problem that I share with your brother.. it feels natural to me, and I have to consciously force myself to relax...
I want to understand (not joking - just want to understand) - How is possible for a person to grip a pistol too tightly? Is the calibration on the pistol sights performed with the idea that there will be a certain amount of muzzle flip because experienced shooters all relax a certain average amount? I always thought that the more still and secure the pistol was held, the higher the chance of a decent shot.
 

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I agree with mcone. Tell him to tighten his grip as much as he can that way when he pulls the trigger he can't tighten his fingers any more than they already are.
 
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