Lessons Learned: Sometimes it’s the Gun

Longtime readers will recall a few years ago, when I first purchased a gun and began my journey on learning about and becoming proficient in firearms that I really struggled with it. I documented here, and here, and here that I was having a ton of trouble gaining any kind of accuracy. As this was the first handgun I had ever purchased or fired in my life, I didn’t want to take the easy road and blame the gun. And for crying out loud, the gun was from the Smith and Wesson performance center.

So, I let the gun mess with my confidence. The only advice that I was given that allowed me to hit the target in the center was to aim for the corner. I did this, but I still had what one of my friends referred to as questionable grouping.

To me, this problem rendered the gun useless. When I brought it to the range, I just left irritated. As far as home defense, it was a no-go. SO, it sat in a box, unloaded and gathering dust.

Later on, I bought a semi-auto 9mm gun. It was the first time I was able to shoot where I was aiming. So, naturally, I thought I had figured out the sight alignment etc., and so I dusted off the old S&W. Aaaaand messed up my otherwise neatly grouped targets.

I was looking to replace the rear sight on the revolver. But, as anyone who owns guns and tries to upgrade parts, this is rather expensive. So, I thought about selling it. Nostalgia aside, it was a gun that I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with, so why keep it?

In a last-ditch effort to find an affordable rear sight, I called up the good people over at Euless Guns and Ammo. They told me to bring it in and let them take a look at it. It turns out that the sights were 6″ off at ten yards! I blamed myself, refused to believe there was anything off with the gun, but it wasn’t me. I took it to the range this morning, and the grouping is no longer questionable, and I won’t be selling the revolver anytime soon.

 For new shooters, always practice and follow advice. But when nothing works, maybe it is time to bring in outside help or have a friend go to the range with you and shoot the gun and if they have the same problem as you, it isn’t you. Sometimes it really is the gun.

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