Sorry for the delay in replying to your pm. As you have mentioned, that you have shot a 10 shot group in a 1 inch group at 50m. 1 inch=2.54 cms=25.4 mm. From the size of the 9th and 10th ring, you can see that you can get all your shots within the 9th ring. Which is quite creditable! Assuming that you hit the 10th & 9th ring in the ratio of 50:50, then your score outwould bein the region of 570/600. In prone you need to shoot above 590/600. To get there, please consider the following extremely important points;
1. 'POSITION' The position the shooter takes, is extremely important and can only be taught correctly by a good coach. A good position will help you improve your scores quite quickly.
2. The rifle must also be new or at least of decent quality.
3. You amo has to be imported not KF.
4. Your shooting jacket,trouser and other paraphernalia must also be correct.
5. Finally you must decide how much time and money you wish to devote to the sport. Even if you wish to take it up as a hobby, the time spent in shooting will benefit you immensely. More on this subject will be posted shortly.
I am also copy/pasting this on the original post, as this would benefit our general viewers. Also request you to post queries directly on the post 'tips for shooting' for the same purpose.
Finally, I congratulate you for taking the lead on the RKBA on line posting issue.
50 Meter Rifle Target
10 Ring 10.4 mm (±0.1 mm ) 5 Ring 90.4 mm (±0.5 mm )
9 Ring 26.4 mm (±0.1 mm ) 4 Ring 106.4 mm (±0.5 mm )
8 Ring 42.4 mm (±0.2 mm ) 3 Ring 122.4 mm (±0.5 mm )
7 Ring 58.4 mm (±0.5 mm ) 2 Ring 138.4 mm (±0.5 mm )
6 Ring 74.4 mm (±0.5 mm ) 1 Ring 154.4 mm (±0.5 mm )
-- Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:57 pm --
MoA wrote:What would the correct thechnique be with a pistol to retain sight picture while compensating for recoil with a full bore pistol.
I have trouble with pistols, but am a lot more accurate with a revolver.
First of all, WHAT A DAMNED GOOD QUESTION! I will take great pleasure in answering this one.
1. What is 'Recoil Pattern'?
- The movement of the sights, when the gun is fired, beginning from stationary to tracing an arc(s) and then settling back to the same position before the shot. This is what we call as 'recoil pattern'.
2. What is 'correct recoil pattern'?
-(a) The ‘correct recoil pattern’, is the one, which starts with the aligned sights (front with rear), REASONABLE POSITIONED/HELD within the ‘aiming area’.
-(b) During the shot, the relation of the front sight with the rear sight is disturbed, for example, the front sight may oscillate in the direction of 10 o’clock. Then settles back again in the aligned position (more or less) after the shot,
-(c) The ‘amplitude’ or the circumference of the arc, traced by the front sight MUST BE CONSISTENT from shot to shot. By consistent, I mean, that the front sight must recoil with the same amplitude and in the same direction ( say 10 o’ clock).
-(d) Also, the aligned sights must COME BACK TO REST WITHIN THE SAME AIMING AREA.
Hence for achieving the above,
(i) The shooter must have a consistent grip (applying consistent pressure) from shot to shot.
(ii) The trigger finger placing must also be consistent (same position for each shot).
(iii)The hold, that is the wrist lock and the tension in the shooting arm (either single or double) must also
be consistent from shot to shot.
(iv)Finally, the ‘mental preparation’, before the shot is taken is extremely vital. Hence I will elaborate
on the same.
4. What is ‘mental preparation’ before the shot?
- Before taking the shot, the shooter, ‘rehearses’ the shot sequence;
(a) He begins by taking the correct grip, with correct trigger position and then assumes a ‘stance’/stable position.
(b) He sees himself in his mind’s eye, lifting the pistol, with the aligned sights settling into the aiming area. The sights are held steady within the aiming area, while the trigger finger begins exerting a continuous pressure on the trigger in the rearward direction (in a straight line back towards the shooter).
(c)During this time, his MENTAL GOAL is to continue holding the sights aligned within the aiming area before, (during) and after the shot. He accepts mentally, that ‘during’ the shot the recoil will follow the accepted recoil pattern, but he will CONTINUE maintaining the sights aligned within the aiming area.
(d) So when the actual shot is actually being taken, it is almost a replica of the rehearsed shot and most IMPORTANTLY, he WILL continue holding the aligned sights, within the aiming area, after the shot has occurred.
The shooter has to PROGRAM, the above steps in him mind, by practicing each step again and again, till it is INGRAINED in his subconscious mind. When the shooter achieves this, he will learn to shoot very tight groups. But one needs to PRACTICE, PRACTICE ,PRACTICE.
Personally, firing the 9mm, 5 shots in 60 seconds (1 min) I refer to the recoil pattern as a flash back. When I see in flashback, that the recoil pattern was inconsistent, then I check my gripping. It is very natural for the grip to tighten, without the shooter realizing it, from shot to shot. Also, sweating makes the matter worse. Hence for powerful hand guns, most shooters prefer the Pachmayr grips, since they absorb recoil better, give a good tacky grip and are not too much affected by moisture or sweating.