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Range issues for new handgun shooter.

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Went to the range yesterday ( see thread http://floridaconcealedcarry.com/Forum/forumdisplay.php?f=21 ) and had a couple of issues I need help with. I've been lurking and occasionally posting but mostly reading for information.
First, I am left eye dominate and far sighted. Also right handed. Talk about shooting "dirty"! If I wear "reading glasses" to get my sight picture then the target virtually disappears. If I don't wear my glasses then I see the target, but the sight picture is virtualy gone. With the glasses I can hit an eight inch target at 7+/-2 yds. and without sighting is about the same. It just bothers me I have to use one or the other. Is this a condition which would warrant "point shooting"?
Second I have a S&W M&P40c and changed the backstraps on a couple different targets for testing. I have a large hand (I'm 6'2") and using the larger backstrap I found it brought my grouping higher on target. When using the medium strap I couldn't really tell any difference but the wife said she was better on target with her using the medium. This all in addition to the first issue made it an information overload for our "******* date".
I will keep reading other areas for hints and check back here for replies.
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Eagle eye,

First things first. Brownie is dead on with his advice. Try leaving both eyes open [you should shoot that way anyway] and see how that works.

(An easy way to see how this works is to make a "thumbs-up" gesture at arm's length. With both eyes open, stand about six to eight feet away from a clock, can, etc and cover the object with your thumb. Now close each eye in turn. The thumb will still cover the object when you use your dominant eye, but will be displaced to one side when you use your non-dominant eye.)

In most defensive situations you are going to use a point shooting technique anyway and the target is going to be large.

Second. if you are going to be the primary user of the Smith, choose the insert that makes the weapon most comfortable in your hand. Don't be too concerned where it prints, initially. Practice will adjust your muscle memory and you will train yourself to point at the target. After all, most handguns are not readily user adjustable. The user adjusts to the weapon, not necessarily the other way around. Practice will also allow you to adjust to a fuzzy sight picture. It just takes time. Have fun.
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