It’s been well over a week since I’ve fired a handgun (business trip to Indianapolis). Decided to jump right back in with a 50 round group at 25 yards, out of the Ruger 22/45 and with the American Eagle 40 grain rimfire ammo.
First two mags saw a significant number of rounds go high and slightly right. Focusing in on the front sight and how it looks on the target fixed that issue.
I do want to make a comment about “focusing on the front sight”. Often, this advice is tossed around like it will fix all of your problems. It will not. Unless you have all of your other ducks in a row.
Your conscious mind can only focus on one thing at a time. Every thing else, good or bad, is handled by your subconscious mind (your “muscle memory”). Therefore, if you haven’t learned how to subconsciously grip the gun the same throughout the shot, and subconsciously activate the trigger without disturbing your grip, those things aren’t going to get done. Because you’re focusing on the front sight, and not on the grip or trigger.
When I shoot well, I’m not thinking about pressing the trigger. I’m not thinking about my grip. I’ll notice my hand starts to hurt (from gripping hard) after the fourth or fifth magazine, but it’s not something I’m consciously activating.
This is why it takes a while to get good. You have to build in the reps to make the things subconscious that need to be automatic. Will this translate directly to the Glock 19? Or have I ruined all of my 9mm work by switching temporarily to .22 Long Rifle? We shall see.