Please help. I always shoot low!
With any of my pistols I'm very consistent, but always about 2-3 inches low. I'm used to my carbines where I have elevation available and can set bullet impact right on that front sight post. But with the pIstols it's different.
I sight up and always hit low. If I "sight" down the side of the slide (basically seeing what the barrel sees) then everything is fine, but the sights are then 2-3 inches high.
Consistent but low.
Any ideas? Getting annoying.
If you've tried shooting off of sandbags to eliminate a problem with your hold or trigger control, then it's just how the sights are set up. You're used to putting the target on top of the sight by a greater amount than is typical, and you don't have the adjustability with pistol sights as you do rifle.
As a general rule, look to the shooter first, ammo second, sights last.
Could you be anticipating, looking over your sight to see where you hit???? This immediately drops the shot downward? Start close up, get on target, then move back, then again only if on target. Do not "admire your work" while shooting, only afterward. Consider some training, stance, sight alignment, trigger control......the weapon is only a tool, you have to make it work. If your arms are bent, wrists floppy, trigger pull could be pulling you down. Any of these options should be an easy fix, again, think of spending some time with a trainer or someone else to watch and assess.
To clarify. The low shooting was with my new M&P45. I just went out and shot it and my XD9 subcompact back to back. The XD was spot on, the M&P always low. I shot off a rest and I definitely have a flinch/anticipation (wrist breaks) but only with the M&P. After 25 rounds through each it became obviously (actually sooner than 25 rounds but I was having fun!) that the trigger on the M&P sucks. Much heavier and longer than the XD so where the XD would fire I was still pulling on the M&P and basically flinching. Now, if I fired with purpose or reflexively the M&P was on target but if I slowed way down the long trigger was even longer it seemed.
Number one, made an appointment with Burwell for a trigger job and number two start doing some research and exercises to improve my trigger control. If anyone has any resources please share.
Thanks for the replies. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
George Harris, former director of the Sig Sauer Academy. Here is the wall drill they have every student conduct prior to shooting regardless of class or level.
Good drill. Thanks. I can put a coin on the slide and dry fire all day without a problem. His drill works sight picture too. Nice.
Are you using your sights correctly? Some lollipop, some split the hole, and some, the front dot covers point of impact. Get that wrong, and you aren't going to have much luck.
Don't forget about the one hole drill and the now drill....
Better yet, just go up there for a class or two, it's money well spent.