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1st-Jun-2008 11:07 am
I have come to the conclusion that I'm a terrible student when it comes to things that require hand to eye coordination. All of my life, anyone who has attempted to instruct me (memories of examples: tennis, racquetball, golf, bowling, and now shooting) have gotten frustrated that I can't seem to quickly grasp what they are trying to explain.

It's both disconcerting because I want to learn, and discouraging because it makes me feel really inadequate really quickly. I think with my astigmatism that what seems dead on to some, isn't for me. I do struggle with the sights. Plus there's a lot of variations on where the round site should be when I'm told "level with the top of the rear sight." I also am certain that my glasses need adjusting.

My first time out shooting wasn't bad. My second time was dismal. We got a laser sighting in tool and my sites were really off (due in part to me misinterpreting how to sight in last time). I think the gun is now sighted in to how I see it, and we'll go to the range here in a bit and see if that helps.

I'm the worst student in my yoga class, I'm coming to terms with that. I don't mind practicing to be better. I think I have a talent for shooting, but I'm still learning better ways to hold the pistol, finding the best stance, and how to actually sight the target. After all this time, I just learned that the place I want to hit should be just above my gun sight (instead on dead on the target, which blocks the view). It makes sense, but I didn' t inherently know that.

I think that my wrists are strong enough that I don't have to "shoot like a girl", and I don't think I flinch (but I need someone to check to see for sure). So I should be able to get good with practice.

EDIT: The first shot I took today was about 1/8" from dead on center. Something must have stuck in my head.
1st-Jun-2008 03:52 pm (UTC) - You shoot your way - as long as you hit the target
Having never getting out to shoot as much as I should - and spending a couple of hours with my dad re-learning the basics (again) on Saturday at the Davidson range - rest assured you are doing fine. Every gun is different, everyone has a different fit, and everyone has to learn how they react to their gun.

Take into account how strong your upper body is (arms, hands, wrists(!), etc.), plus how you feel when something makes a VERY loud noise and reacts right in front of you. So, yep, it will take a little time and patience.

Sounds like you are doing GREAT!


1st-Jun-2008 04:56 pm (UTC) - Re: You shoot your way - as long as you hit the target
The range in Davison...Williams. That's where we've been going. Damn...we might have seen you if we'd have gone yesterday. How cool is that? I would LOVE to meet you up there.
1st-Jun-2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
To tell if you are flinching, have Brian load a random number of rounds in your magazine so you don't know when it will go empty and observe what happens when the gun doesn't go off. Does it jump when you squeeze the trigger?

I still struggle with this after a decade of shooting, just be patient with yourself and relax, a relaxed shooter is an accurate shooter.
1st-Jun-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Wonderful idea. I really don't think I flinch. I am constantly watching the front of the gun and the target and not noticing when I'm done with the clip. I do need him to physically watch me to know, though.

On the plus side, the very first shot I took today was a fraction from dead on perfect...so all the I had filling my head did some good. Having used the laser sighting tool, I clearly saw why last session was so off the mark. I am quite happy with that tool!
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