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Pistol plinking practise.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by edtwozeronine, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. edtwozeronine

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    I've been using up my much hated Defiant Vintage .22 (5.6mm) pellets with my Webley Tempest pistol. I was only about 4 metres away but trying really hard to concentrate on making good shots from a good solid stance. I watched 'Tichgamers' videos from in another section of the forum and found them very informative.
    It may yet be some time until I'm shooting grapes off my cats head though.:violent4::laser::bump2:
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    The point of aim was the red mark but not all pellets made it into this vicinity as you can see.
    Oh and the box was 13cm x 13cm. (5 x 5 inches in old money.)
     
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    Even as close as 4 metres, that aint too shabby especially with summat as archaic as a Wobley Tempist!:D
     
  3. Dag

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    I had the first real opportunity to do some serious target shooting on a 20m range at the club yesterday. I knew the HW45 was factory zeroed at 10m but wanted to see how it fared at a longer range.
    I was absolutely hopeless to start with in using the one-handed style and missed the entire target most of the time until with further sight adjustment I began to hit the bottom of the target.
    I changed targets ,made a small sight adjustment and began to get much nearer to the bull using the isosceles stance. Then a charming lady started using a rimfire near to me and I decided to stop.
    However I was pretty impressed with what the HW45 could do at that distance and the next step is to set up the 10m range with targets and using half power see how that works out and what allowance I need to make when changing from one to the other.
    My last target, at 20m , is attached:
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    That's better than some people's open sight rifle targets , nice job!
     
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    mattyts speaks much truth, and well done:up:
     
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    This is my best ever pistol target shot at 10M this week. It's taken me 6 months of practise to be able to shoot at this standard, with a lot of ups and downs on the way.

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  7. cloverleaf

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    Good work, that's a nice group. It could be a bit more central but I doubt you'd get any more points out if it.. Do you think your sights need a tweak or do you think the high/right shots are the result of diminished trigger control?

    For comparison, it's taken me 14yrs of un-committed, half-arsed stabbing at 10m to become not-quite-as-good as that :p
     
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    Nice one Al, what you didn't mention is the very serious commitment that you put into your shooting. It goes to show that it can pay off in the end. Personally disregarding my shaky hands, I think that one handed pistol shooting to that degree of accuracy is one of the most difficult shooting disciplines. With a bit of practice I might, (and it's a bloody big might), get somewhere near that level of accuracy with a bench rested two handed grip!:D

    I might have to look around for some barn doors to practice on though!:roflmao:
     
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    My sights are bang on and my pistol is accurate. Any pellet that doesn't go through the 10x ring is my fault. I've shot at least 6 cards of 10 shots every day for the last 6 months, and I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere now. Still, it's encouraging for me because this is just the start of a long journey, I hope. I've just started shooting 10M air rifle, and I'm all over the place at the moment, as I was with my pistol at first, but with plenty of practice and learning, I should be just about starting to shoot that reasonably well in another 6 months. I hope. :D
     
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    When I reach that standard I will indeed be a happy bunny.........whoops I don't think I should say that on this forum! Seriously, well done, I'm very impressed.
    Dag
     
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    Some damn fine shooting sir!
     
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    Shooting at the first target I noticed I was landing a lot of shots beneath the bullseye.
    So for the second target I aimed for the top centre of the 3 ring.
    While it's not award winning and from 4 metres away again, I'm chuffed that the grouping is mostly inside the 3 ring.:down::D:up:

    I'd like to thank OzzyJ for sending me some freebie pellets which I used for this session. Bisley Practise .22 pellets which punched fairly neat holes. Cheers Fella!!!
     
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    Played with my crosman 2240 properly for the first time today, well impressed with the accuracy and that's with marksman pellets. Much better than what I could achieve with my HW45's
     
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    Some fine shooting all round. It's tempting me to get the cp88 out for lunch break tomorrow :)
     
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    Thanks for the link, there's some really good stuff in there.
    One point though; in one section it gives the excellent advice that I had received a week or two back about pointing the index finger of your shooting hand at the target while your eyes are closed and then readjusting your feet to get the finger pointing at the target when you open your eyes each time. At the same time I was advised to hook the thumb of my other hand into my belt to stabilise that arm. Still, that is not the main point I wish to make and that is that you need to determine which hand and eye are in fact your shooting side. Only two weeks ago I realised I shot a pistol better left handed than right as the instructor got me to identify my dominant eye. I had always assumed everything I did should be right handed but when he got me to test both eyes on a target I was surprised to find the left was the dominant one. As soon as I switched to using the left hand side my shooting improved.
    Apologies if I missed this in the article but thought it worth emphasing.
    Good shooting!
    Dag
     
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    At the risk of teaching Granny to suck eggs can I just describe how I was shown how to determine my dominant eye in case it helps any forum members who are unaware of how to do it?
    I was asked to stand feet apart facing any mark on a wall/door frame etc etc.Next put both index fingers together and point at the chosen mark then close one eye and see if your fingers have moved one way or other from the mark. Repeat for the other eye. You will almost certainly find that with one eye closed the fingers stay on the mark whereas with the other closed the fingers move to the side. THE EYE THAT IS OPEN WHEN THE FINGERS STAY IN THE SAME POSITION IS THE DOMINANT EYE.
    In my, case although right handed, I found my left eye is dominant and as I said before on switching to left handed shooting my aim improved.
    I would suggest peeps determine their dominant eye before buying a pistol with a left or right handed grip. When I bought my HW45 one consideration was that it had an ambidextrous grip which suits me.
    Hoping this is of help,
    Dag
     
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    Being a specs wearer I know my right eye is the strongest as it needs slightly less help than the left. However the open sights are held quite close to the face and I found while shooting with my right hand I was tending to use my left eye to aim. I think it's the better close range object viewing eye. I must try the dominant eye test though, see how it works out.
     
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    The reason that I was so chuffed with my best ever card is this. This is a series of 60 shots that I shot today. It wasn't a good day for me, but it's probably just a little bit below my average at the moment. I'm still quite inconsistent, and it does feel really good when I shoot a really good card.

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    It sounds to me that you could be left eye dominant. I can see much better with my left eye, but I'm right eye dominant.
     
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