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Old March 5th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #1
 
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Ruger American 9mm shooting low?? What sights?

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hello good people!

I just got a ruger american 9mm and for me it shoots pretty low. I bought it because I've shot a friend's sr9 and a neighbors sr40 very accurately on paper; I thought it had to do with the three dot sights.. I have to cover the target completely with the three dot sights lined up to get on target.

like sight picture three:



Or I bring the front sight dot up so that it is higher (by half the dot) than the rear sight dots on the novaks.

What sights can I get to bring POI up? I believe I need a smaller front sight.

only my Tokarevs shoot the same where POI is down below the lined up sights... I don't think I'm pulling or flinching.

I've shot about 200 rounds ttl after todays range visit. all 124gn blazer brass ..

I've read some say it is the shooter not the pistol so I'd like to get input on how to fix me or get new sights.

anyone have some thoughts for me? thanks!




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...like sight picture three:


Image 3 is the "Combat Sight Picture". It is how you aim SIG pistols and Ruger P-series pistols. Center of front sight dot goes to POI.
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or is it me?

hello good people!

I just got a ruger american 9mm and for me it shoots pretty low. I bought it because I've shot a friend's sr9 and a neighbors sr40 very accurately on paper; I thought it had to do with the three dot sights.. I have to cover the target completely with the three dot sights lined up to get on target.

like sight picture three:



Or I bring the front sight dot up so that it is higher (by half the dot) than the rear sight dots on the novaks.

What sights can I get to bring POI up? I believe I need a smaller front sight.

only my Tokarevs shoot the same where POI is down below the lined up sights... I don't think I'm pulling or flinching.

I've shot about 200 rounds ttl after todays range visit. all 124gn blazer brass ..

I've read some say it is the shooter not the pistol so I'd like to get input on how to fix me or get new sights.

anyone have some thoughts for me? thanks!
Well, I have had mine for 3 months and am close to a thousand rounds into it now. Sight image 2 puts me right there. at 7 , 10, and 15 yards. I only shoot practice rounds of the same weight as my PD ammo so, that is trusty American Eagle 147gr FTFMJ. I skipped right over 124 gr as I was not happy with the performance of 115gr. so I don;t know what your blazer brass would do. As far as sights are concerned, I have not seen any good sights forthcoming from Ruger and it seems they must be discouraging the after market and that is concerning for me, I would have been much happier with an adjustable rear and fiber optic front, but so far no deal (that I have found), There you have it, looks like good old Kentucky windage is going to wind up being your best friend.
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Bounce, I've had my American almost a year now. I had and still sometimes have the same problem of shooting low. With the help of some range guys I found a couple things to help.
1. As we know the first reaction to low shots is anticipation of the guns kick, and often times closing our eyes.
2. The trigger pull on the American runs 5 lb. I was told to be sure my finger is touching the trigger with the middle of my finger vs. sometimes at the first joint or section. It's not an easy pull vs. say a 22 or smaller calibers.
These have helped me get better groupings on a regular basis.
Hopefully you can get it figured out. On mine, a bore laser shows the sites to be right on.
Good luck and good shooting
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My SIGs have all been Picture 2; but both my LC9s and sPro are Pic #3. I'm pretty close to hating 'combat sights' and might swap them out for something that will give me Pic 2(I know I can dremel the original sights and might try that first). That little pistol is tough enough to shoot...I don't like having to smother the bull's eye completely.
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... I would have been much happier with an adjustable rear and fiber optic front, but so far no deal (that I have found), ...
I don't have any experience with these, but:
HIVIZ LITEWAVE front sight for Ruger American
Rear fiber sights are also listed on the HIVIZ site. In addition, I saw there are Truglo TFX and TFX Pro sights for the RAP being sold on a few websites out there.
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I don't have any experience with these, but:
HIVIZ LITEWAVE front sight for Ruger American
Rear fiber sights are also listed on the HIVIZ site. In addition, I saw there are Truglo TFX and TFX Pro sights for the RAP being sold on a few websites out there.
Thanks! That must be a fairly recent addition. Now, all I have to do, is talk my son in law out of his sight tool for an afternoon and I will have what I want. Then, if anyone comes up with an adjustable rear, I will be all set.
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Guys can you check my pistol also.. Its in new thread hehe Its about ruger p95 barrel scratch
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