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Author Topic: Pistol Correction Chart Targets  (Read 83544 times)

Offline joeb1

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Re: Pistol Correction Chart Targets
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2019, 02:45:26 AM »
Ever shoot your handgun and get perfect groups...just not where you want them?  If you're having trouble hitting the bullseye, don't jump right to blaming the pistol and don't give up just yet.  Many things can affect how you shoot your handgun including your grip, your stance, breathing, flinching or any number of other things.

While not guaranteed to improve your pistol shooting abilities, we've had good results using pistol correction chart targets like those below to help diagnose and correct bad habits related to pistol shooting.  The charts are derived from data in the United States Army Marksmanship Training Unit Manual, The UIT (now ISSF) Pistol Book by John Chandler and the Target Pistol Shot Analysis documents from Target Shooting Canada.






For right-handed shooters, the gist of the chart is:

If your round is hitting high-center, your wrist may be breaking upward as you fire.  Be sure to keep your wrist firm.

If your round is hitting low-center, your wrist may be breaking downward as you fire or you may be pushing forward or drooping your head as you fire.

If your round is hitting center-left, you may be using too little of your trigger finger.  Many agree that a good trigger finger placement is to have the trigger at your distal joint (the joint between the pads of your fingertip and mid-finger).

If your round is hitting center-right, you may be using too much trigger finger or you could be "thumbing" the pistol.  Many agree that a good trigger finger placement is to have the trigger at your distal joint (the joint between the pads of your fingertip and mid-finger).  Also be sure not to try to squeeze the pistol grip too firmly with the thumb of your trigger hand.

If your round is hitting high-left, you may be pushing the pistol in anticipation of recoil or may not be following through on your shot.  Be sure to keep your wrist firm enough to account for recoil but not so firm that your muscles move the gun before/during/after the shot.  Also, remember to keep proper form and grip throughout the shot.

If your round is hitting high-right, you may be heeling in anticipation of the handgun's recoil.  See note above.

If your round is hitting low-left (around 8 o'clock), you may be tightening your fingers too much as you fire the pistol.  Hold your hand straight out in front of you and fold your fingers back and press the pads of your fingertips onto the heel of your hand.  Generally, your hand will try to move slightly toward the inside of your wrist as your muscles tighten.  You can see how this could be problematic.

If your round is hitting lower-left (around 7 o'clock), you may be jerking or slapping the trigger during your shot.  Make sure that your trigger pull is smooth and deliberate.

If your round is hitting low-right, you may be tightening your grip during your trigger pull.  Hold your hand straight out in front of you and clench your fist.  Generally, your hand will try to move slightly outward as you clench more tightly.  You can imagine why this would be a problem and your rounds could end up here.

For left handed shooters, the above pattern would be a mirror image.




The targets are available below as PDFs, both with and without scoring rings, and are suitable for printing.




Right handed pistol correction chart with scoring rings






Right handed pistol correction chart without scoring rings






Left handed pistol correction chart with scoring rings






Left handed pistol correction chart without scoring rings

Thanks for posting these.

I have a slightly different version.


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Re: Pistol Correction Chart Targets
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2019, 02:45:26 AM »

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