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    Is this grip, trigger control or operator headspace and timing?

    Or D: all of the above?

    Just shot this at 7 yards offhand slow fire with a 22/45.
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    Ignore the shot order, I had to guess.

    Iím trying the ďgrip lightly with strong hand and crush with support handĒ technique. Is stringing like this more of a grip or trigger control issue? Or both with operator error thrown in?
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    Did you check to make sure that your sights aren't loose?


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    Yes. Also shot a similar pattern from a new to me 96G and a more vertical pattern from a 92C right after the 22/45. Over the past hour things have gotten better with the 22/45s but Iíd still like to know what brought that on. My last range trip started like that and never improved even though 2-3 trips before that were showing I was becoming more consistent and even slightly improving.

    If itís a ďmeĒ issue (beyond improper grip or trigger) I need to figure out if itís a physical problem (I do have hand and wrist issues) or something mental.
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    Try that from a bench rest position. Cuz thatís a lot of movement. Thatís the way to know for sure.

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    1. Vision: Are you shooting irons or dot? If irons, I'd say pay a lot more attention to sight alignment. If dot, are you focusing on the dot or the target (should be the target).
    2. Grip: In my experience the "strong support/loose firing hand" thing is a bad idea and usually gets overdone. I'm not a bullseye master, but from what I've seen in real life and on the internet with pretty decent shooters, I can shoot a pistol above average at 25yd+ in precision (bullseye, if you will) type shooting. That said, I use a decent amount of grip pressure in my strong hand. Now, the place you put that pressure matters a lot so you don't end up milking the grip, but between where my middle finger contacts the frontstrap and where the web of my hand hits the backstrap, there's a pretty decent amount of pressure. Take that for what you will.
    3. Trigger can certainly be an issue as well, but in my experience for a shooter with any experience whatsoever that usually manifests as a group with a couple flyers (usually low and left for a RH shooter). Your pic doesn't indicate this to me.

    In my own journey to success with precision pistol shooting, grip was the real magic. The vision part is easy to solve as long as you just pay attention to what you're seeing. Trigger is about building muscle memory and discipline (like lifting weights in a gym).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed4032 View Post
    Try that from a bench rest position. Cuz thatís a lot of movement. Thatís the way to know for sure.
    Could be. Personally I suck at shooting a pistol from a bench. I can shoot much better freestyle than from a rest with a pistol.
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    I've seen .22 caliber pistols with heavily leaded barrels that had horrific accuracy even keyholing at 21 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASH556 View Post
    1. Vision: Are you shooting irons or dot? If irons, I'd say pay a lot more attention to sight alignment.
    That pistol is irons (FO front, blacked out rear) and my vision has becomeÖsuboptimal. Later in the session I brought out the other 22/45 which has a dot and I didnít have near that kind of pattern offhand at the same distance.

    Sometime this weekend I hope to hit the outdoor range to bench some rifles. If I can make it happen then Iíll bench both 22/45s and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnO View Post
    I've seen .22 caliber pistols with heavily leaded barrels that had horrific accuracy even keyholing at 21 feet.
    This is a new upper that has less than 200 rounds through it, all CCI SV, so I donít think thatís the case here. Itís possible but I donít think itís probable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awp_101 View Post
    Iím trying the ďgrip lightly with strong hand and crush with support handĒ technique. Is stringing like this more of a grip or trigger control issue? Or both with operator error thrown in?
    You are describing a method of shooting fast with acceptable accuracy, as opposed to shooting small groups -- where less crush can reduce tension that finds it way from your support hand into your trigger finger.
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