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Advice Any advice on pistol shooting with open sights?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by edtwozeronine, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. edtwozeronine

    edtwozeronine Donator

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    I've been shooting my recently acquired Webley Tempest .22 (5.6mm) for a couple of months now. Mostly in the back garden at tin cans. I feel I've sighted in the rear sites over about 8 paces away from the target but I'm finding consistency issues from further away.

    I use a 2 handed grip with the left under the butt of the pistol and my right hand gripping the handle.

    I either stand facing the target making an inverted V shape with my arms (not so stable) or I have tried holding in my left elbow to my torso almost as if I'm shooting a rifle standing kind of sideways on to the target.

    Both seem to achieve the same sort of accuracy with occasional random misses 3 or 4 times in a row.

    I'd really like the trigger to be lighter and smoother as I feel it jerks quite a lot when firing which must affect the accuracy to some degree.

    Any helpful pointers appreciate. :up:

    Been using either (5.6mm) Wasps or (5.5mm) RWS Superfields BTW.
     
  2. Barcelona68

    Barcelona68 Banned

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    Loose two handed grip works best. I'm a pretty good shot with my tempest after I sussed out how to shoot it.
     
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    Possibly change the pellet to something like a hobby or bisley practice (really h&n pellets). Not sure wasps or superfields are ideal for pistols shooting with any real accuracy. I have a tin of bisleys in .22 you are welcome to as I don't have a .22 pistol anymore.
     
  4. Wynne G Oldman

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    It's much harder to shoot a pistol well than most people think, until they try it. I shoot at 10M with my pistol (Baikal MP-46M) and I feel like I'm starting to improve somewhat after about 6 months. Here's a link with some fantastic advice on how to shoot at 10M properly.

    http://www.tenrings.co.uk

    PS: Your choice of pellet will only effect accuracy within a few mm's at this range, the rest is you. ;)
     
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    Before my Slavia died I found it best to hold almost like a rifle as it is relatively long barrelled. A light grip on the stock and resting on tips of thumb and forefinger. Thinking about it I also kept the sights fairly near to my eye similar to arifle hold rather than with an extended, and in my case a very shaky, arm. I guess it's almost a mini artillery hold.
    hth
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    ps that link to Ten Rings is great and the guide on hand grip/ trigger pull is probably applicable to rifle users also. Thanks for that Wynne!
     
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    I'll give this a try but you should keep in mind the Webley Tempest is a weighty lump of a springer, not a perfectly balanced PCP pistol. I feel you need 2 hands on it if you want to hold it steady while pulling the rather clunky trigger.
     
  8. edtwozeronine

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    [video=youtube;gDpG0KKJs7Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDpG0KKJs7Q[/video]
    That pistol you use is an absolute beast! I'd say the barrel on that is about as long as my TX200 carbine's.:confused:
     
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    Two hands on the grip. Loose grip with trigger hand, tight grip with outer hand. Push with trigger hand and pull with outer hand. This is the weaver grip used with automatic pistols.
    You need to support the gun with the weak hand and not as I have seen support the shooting hand behind the wrist.
    focus on the foresight not on the target. Sight alignment will make much more difference to the point of impact than the gun moving bu a couple of mm.
    whereas the Loose "artillery" hold works well with a springer rifle I don't believe it works with a pistol as it is not supported on your shoulder.
     
  10. Wynne G Oldman

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    It's probably the cheapest 10M target pistol that you can buy new today (in the UK). I didn't want to go down the PCP route because of the extra expense and faffing around with the charging gear, and I like the Russian simplicity and robustness of it's construction. It's very accurate, and competitive at club level. Quite a few chaps at my club own them and swear by them. Hopefully, I'll be able to shoot it well one day. :D
     
  11. Wynne G Oldman

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    You're right. You'll never get close to the accuracy of a decent target pistol, but they do cost much, much more. Enjoy it for what it is. :up:
     

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