spook Posted February 19, 2008 Share Posted February 19, 2008 (edited) I finally went to the range yesterday evening. I had taken the grip tape off my Glock a couple of nights before. During dryfire, everything seemed fine. We started out with a stage with 10-12y targets. Things started out well. It was cold on the range. No sweaty hands and I could hold on to the Glock well enough to get good hits. Then came the second stage. 4 targets at 25yds. First run and I could paste 4 hits instead of 8. Every target had a nice center hit and a miss. On the second run, I paid more attention to the sights and saw what happened. The gun would recoil up and because I tried to keep it down by putting pressure on the left side panel of the gun with my weak hand I somehow managed to pull the gun to the left as it was coming down. It was not a trigger issue, I could see the gun go up and come down to the left even before I started putting pressure on the trigger. Time for the third stage. 4 targets, all of which have A-zones with penalties on either side. Distances about 10-12y. It's getting old. First shot good, second shot to the left into the edge of the penalty. I'm starting to get pissed and blame the slick grip. There's just no way to hold on to this bar of soap thing. So I put some ProGrip on my hands, but the problem stays. I ask my shooting buddy: "How hard do you squeeze your grip with you support hand?" "I dunno, not very hard" "Grab my hand and hold it like you hold your gun" He grabs my hand and just holds it. Not harder that you would shake a person's hand. "Holy shit, that's all?!" "Yup" OK, time for an experiment. Same targets, 10yds. Penalties on both sides of the A-zone. I hold the gun like I normally would and see the second shot go into the penalties (well, I see the sights return to the left). I try to hold onto it, and the harder I try to hold on the harder the gun will go to the left and work its way out of my hands. I keep trying to control it, but it just doesn't work without the grip tape. Then I decided to just let it go. I place the gun in my hands like a wuss and pull the trigger. The gun would move more, but somehow came back down a lot faster. It felt like I had absolutely no control of the gun. But what I saw was the opposite. I noticed all I could do was just watch the sights and I witnessed how my body just figured out the rest. I was hardly holding the gun at all. I could actually be comfortable, just hold the gun, instead of squeezing, gripping, or whatever other uncomfortable terms, and adjust the way the gun went up and down just by looking at it! It was a shame I only had about 40 rounds left. I would have gladly shot 1000 more. It seriously felt like I could just flush my 10 years of previous shooting/training down the toilet. I hope to get some range time before my snowboarding trip at the end of this week. I just had to write this down to make sure I won't forget it. Shooting without grip tape is not better, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It has shown me so much already about the flaws in my grip. I am going to figure this out and see what happens if I put the tape back on the gun after that. Now for a question to all those shooters who have aquired a neutral grip and use no effort to hold the gun during shooting: The only thing I couldn't solve in the 40 rounds I had left was getting the gun to stop at the right height. I would see the sight perfectly on the first shot, but when it would come straight down it stopped when the top of the slide was still very visible. The bottom of the front sight was at the position where the top should be. Edited to add a link to Rob Leatham's Q&A which I found interesting Damn, it feels like everything has changed. The way I tracked my sights. It was like I could put all my attention into looking at the gun. Edited February 19, 2008 by spook Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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