Taurus PT1911: Hitting Low and to Left, How To Hit 5 1/2 Inch Diameter Target Circle
After I failed my "NRA First Steps Orientation Pistol" Course, I practiced with three large human paper targets (21 inchs high and 10 and 1/2 inchs wide). I failed the NRA course because I did not hit a 5 and 1/2 inch circle 5 times. The target was 21 feet away. I didn't even hit the circle once.
This was the first time I ever fired any gun.
During the day, I shot about 60 rounds at the three human paper targets. Each shot landed on the paper bottom half. It never landed on the top half. The shots were 3 inchs away or much more from the center. Most of the shots were 6 inchs away from the center and more. A few shots hit the edge of the paper.
I won't be able to get a carry permit from that first course in Virginia. I'm taking the "NRA Conceal Carry " course next Saturday, so if I pass that second course I can still get a carry permit.
This is how I shot. I followed all the instructions from the NRA instructor. She stood next to me while I took the test. She went over everything during the lecture part of the course that we had to know.
Each time I shot, I put only one round in the magazine, put the magazine in the gun, and cocked the gun.
I'm right handed, so I put my index finger on the barrel (on right side) and properly gripped the gun with my right hand.
I clenched the fingers of my right hand with my left hand with the left hand thumb on the opposite side (left side) of the barrel to the index finger of my right hand. The left thumb and right index fingers evenly balanced the gun.
I kept my legs apart just under my two shoulders. I slightly bent my knees. I extended my arms out in front of myself. I crotched down a little and leaned forward a little.
I kept my non-dominate eye closed. I lined up the front gun sight (a white dot) on the center of the 5 1/2 inch target circle. I moved the rear sight, so that its two dots perfectly lined up with the white dot of the front sight.
I let out a breath of air then fired. My hands shook a tiny amount each time. I kept the gun pointed at the target for a second after firing. I felt that there wasn't much recoil, but the gun firing altered where I wanted the bullet to go! I got the impression of something harmlessly snapping in my hand.
What do I have to do to hit the 5 and 1/2 inch circle 21 feet away.
I was never nervous. I was cold. This was the first time I fired any gun. I put a coat on during the last ten or so shots, but that didn't help.
My guess is that I make tiny moves as I fired, and I can do better.
Monday after relaxing, I'm going to go back to the target range and most likely later in the week. I'll fire at least 50 rounds. Should I go back every day.
Am I expecting too much of myself. Should I just practice and take the course again when I can shoot better.
I did learn from the course.
My instructor (in so many words) told me that I should purchase another gun. She though that I was nervous. I explained to her that I only want to own one gun that can be moved to any US state. (I also recently ordered three 7 round magazines for the gun.)
The instructor charges $50 an hour for extra training. I don't want to go this route because she helped me a lot already. I don't think she has anything left to offer.
I'm sure everyone else in the course passed.
I don't have any more ideas.