Responses to ‘Don’t Do this… Shoot Better’ Monday Blog Post

August 26th, 2009  

So true Dr. Piazza!

Case in point.

This Thursday I went to the range with a buddy I served with in Iraq who was in town for his two weeks at the Pentagon.  This was the first time I’d been on the range for about four or five months.  (Work has been busy lately.)  I was shooting my S&W Shorty Forty Mk III (.40 S&W) and 1911PD Scandium (.45 ACP).

Right off the bat, during rapid (double tap) fire, I found myself shooting low.  I hit the target, but continuously made gut (Iiver) shots, and at all ranges (from 7 – 15 yards).

What you describe herein is precisely what I was doing.  And further more, I knew it.  I don’t know why I do this, but any time I’ve not been shooting for any kind of time I find myself nosing down the weapon.  I don’t feel I’m doing so, but I can see it from my shots, and being an instructor, from a practical point, I KNOW I’m doing it.  Once I slowed my shots, I quit this and placed my rounds in a tight pattern, dead center.  Pushing it out to 25 yards, I was slightly high and left, but still tightly grouped.

Dry firing, and mixing up live with dud rounds is my answer for this.  Of course, I have to have a buddy load my magazine so I don’t know where the duds are.  But once again, you’re spot on.


Tom T.


Dr. Piazza,

That’s awesome. I can’t believe you give all this good information away for free. I’m looking forward to taking the 4 day course in Sept.


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