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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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I agree that at close SD distances, hand/gun/point/shooting will save you.

At longer ranges shooting for 'score' or shooting to improve accuracy - you are going to have to make some adjustments.


Dominant eye issue:
1. Close left eye and use right. Simplest answer.
2. Use a 2 handed grip (with a .40, I hope so.) Just shift the pistol over a bit and use the right hand on the trigger, left eye. Very simple answer.

Vision issue:
I am guessing you use reading glasses and see beyond your reach fine? (I got reading glasses because my arms got too short).

1. Get a set at about half of what your "plus" is in your prescription.
(if you use +1.5 for reading, get a drug store set of +1's or +.75's).
See if you can then focus on your front sight and still get a fairly accurate look at the target.

2. Without reading glasses, learn to focus on your front sight. Slow fire at the range, I'll point the gun below the target, focus on the front sight, then bring it up to center the black.

3. Nothing will work perfect except maybe getting a set of young eyes. (lasik results anyone?)

4. get a red-dot sight.
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