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Old June 6th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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Hi, I've been trying to teach myself to shoot my Ruger P944 for a little over a year now. I'm very stumped. I've taught myself to shoot with a Stoeger (Beretta) Couger 9mm. The Cougar is a great little gun & I'm very fond of it. I'm trying to become proficient with the Ruger now that I can shoot consistently with the 9 mm.

At the range my bullets strike the target to the left and below where I'm aiming. I'm not sure what the problem is. I'm convinced that I'm sighting the front "dot" on the center of the target. The front "dot" is centered between both rear "dots" & level with them. I don't believe I'm jerking the trigger. When I practice "squeezing" the trigger at home (with a spent cartridge in the chamber) I can see the front "dot" remaining on the spot I'm aiming at when the hammer strikes (it remains on target before, during & after the trigger releases). I think I'm squeezing smooth & without jerking. I hold the intended target as I think I'm suposed to when the actual trigger fires. I have a little laser pointer I placed in the barrel of the Ruger & tried a few "dry" fires. I can hold the point still when squeezing the trigger, no problem. (Unfortunately the laser pointer isn't bore sighted so I can't make it match the sights on the gun, but I can see the laser near the target holding the sights on target & the laser doesn't move when the trigger relases).

I was unable to fire anywhere near the target using the Ruger before teaching myself to shoot with the Cougar. The 40 was just too powerful for me. I can now fire the 40 & hit the target consistently, but with the same accruacy problems I have with the Cougar. The bullets strike the target below & to the left of where I'm aiming. So the problem is consistent with both guns. The 40 results seem better by about 4 - 6" at the target, but that doesn't seem significant at 50 ft.

How can I correct the problem? Especially since I can't figure out what the problem is? I'm so close I can taste it......

Thanks for your help.



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Old June 6th, 2011, 02:18 PM   #2
 
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Find an experienced coach. You might be holding it wrong or something else that is relatively for the coach to observe and correct quite easily.
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Disaster ... I'm sorry to hear of your difficulty. To isolate the issue and confirm that it is not something wrong with your technique, I would recommend that you try the following (simple things first):
1. Shoot it off of a bench rest or sand bag to insure stability. If the point of impact improves it may be a technique problem. If it is still low and left you may have a sight problem that will require adjustment.
2. You may also want to have a well seasoned shooter try it out to see if their results are the same.
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You could be tightening your grip as you are squeezing the trigger. Set your grip and don't adjust it as you press the trigger.
It could also be that you are jerking the trigger but I think that is unlikely since we all know not to do that.
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When I first got my 944 I was low right (I'm a lefty) and I adjusted where I hold it. For my hands, where it 'drops in' naturally was up a little high for pulling the trigger straight back. I adjusted my grip just a tad lower and it evened right up. I hadn't shot it for a few months, went to the range Saturday and forgot about that until my first three shots were off. Called myself a few names, adjusted my hold and was good to go. I've got a P90 with Hogue molded grips and it places the web of my hand in the 'right spot' (for me) naturally.
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When I first got my 944 I was low right (I'm a lefty) and I adjusted where I hold it. For my hands, where it 'drops in' naturally was up a little high for pulling the trigger straight back. I adjusted my grip just a tad lower and it evened right up. I hadn't shot it for a few months, went to the range Saturday and forgot about that until my first three shots were off. Called myself a few names, adjusted my hold and was good to go. I've got a P90 with Hogue molded grips and it places the web of my hand in the 'right spot' (for me) naturally.


You mention your grip in relation to the "height" on the handle? How do you determine this? I just hold the gun where it feels natural to me (& makes sure my hands don't get caught in the slide). I think the access to the trigger is correct, but I'm still learning, so maybe I need to understand this tip a little better.

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I have had the same problem. Look at trigger finger to make sure it is not to far over the trigger. ( no farther than finger tip). It was causing me to pull instead of squeezing the trigger. Hope that will help.
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How you tried different ammo with different bullet weights? If you are using 155 gr then try 180's. How well do you shoot with a 22 rimfire?
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Where I grab the P944 when not thinking...


Where I hold it when I shoot straight...


Where the Hogue grips put the web of my hand naturally on my P90...


Works for me, but everyone is different.
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