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Finally

Went to the range today and finally got to try out my new Smith&Wesson. This was one of my better targets. I'm using RWS 124 grain FMJ 50 rounds If I counted right all 50 at least hit the paper 9 were outside the the 7 ring the rest were inside the black. In all I went through:

25 115 grain Magtech JHP
50 115 grain Federal FMJ
50 124 grain RWS FMJ
50 Magtech 115 grain FMJ

I had no malfunctions of any kind, except in my brain, I stepped over the black line when I wasn't supposed to and the range officer chewed me out. It's all good though he was just making sure we were all being safe.
This was at 15 yards by the way.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:03 PM

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Nice, glad you got some range time.
Good shooting.
Kudos to the range officer. People gotta do their job!

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:13 PM

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Thanx Vaq. Now is that really good shooting? I was hoping to do better than that but it was only my 2nd time shooting and 1st time with this gun. You can be honest.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:16 PM

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Even though you don't give a distance, I say yes, that is good shooting for the first outing with a new gun.
For only the 2nd time shooting, DAMN GOOD!
Now, you be honest and tell us what distance. :-)

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

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15 yards Vaq. Sorry I added it on an edit right after I posted.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:29 PM

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Yep

good shooting.
My buddy goes every week for about 3 months now.
He struggles to do as well as you did.
I know he has put over 700 rounds down range this year and still gets excited when he hits in the 9 ring.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:38 PM

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I think dry firing has helped me a lot, I've been spending at least 30 min a day 4 to 5 days a week practicing breath control and getting a feel for when the trigger breaks. Heres the gun I was using if anyone is wondering Smith and wesson M&P 9mm compact

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:43 PM

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Hmmmm, dry firing.

now there's a topic that many people have differing opinions on.
I've always been discouraged from doing it.
Anyone else want to offer an opinion?
Some factual advice would be most welcome.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:46 PM

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All I have to say is that my CFP class instructor encouraged us to do it, warned us not to do it with rimfire guns but said it's perfectly ok to do with centerfire. I verified this before trying it with my gun, the owners manual said it's ok and would not damage it.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:49 PM

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Then, I guess it's OK. Maybe I'm just behind the times.
Anyone else?

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:53 PM

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Dry firing....Every

Dry firing....Every instructor I've talked to also recommends dry firing and I've done it for years. Sometimes I sit there while watching TV and dry fire just to get some finger practice in. Of course, as mentioned, it's a no no on rimfires.

4 years 26 weeks ago, 6:54 PM

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I am jealous lol

The closest range to me is in Bristol and its nearly 100 Miles away. I at least got to try it out sometime.

4 years 26 weeks ago, 7:02 PM

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later guys

working tomorrow too.
First Sunday I've worked in months.

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from what i understand,this is your 2nd time shooting? or just shooting a new gun? in my humble opinion i'd say good job man.Getting aquainted with a new firearm on a range,following proper safety procedures,learning how to put the pistol into battery properly,thinking about grip,palm weld,finger on the trigger,sight alignment/sight picture,trigger control,recoil control,picking up the sights again on target.shooting again.Theres a lot going on there and it appears you did well.I'd say it takes several mags to get the feel of the weapon down good enough so that you can start getting your groups tighter,but unless your shooting Bullseye, a 6-8 inch group of 6-10 rounds that you can get off in about 4-5 seconds would be what i'd consider"combat accurate".Remember to train as if it was for real.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 8:40 PM

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I definately need to work on my recoil control, this gun kicks a lot more than I expected, comparable to the sig .45, two other people at the range shot both guns today and agreed maybe it will calm down a bit as the gun breaks in. This was my second time shooting handguns and 1st time with this gun. I have shot .22 rifles a couple times back when I was a boyscout as well as shotguns@clay pigeons. I wasn't very good at either.

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 10:25 PM

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I agree - good shooting.
As to what someone told you about the gun's recoil "calming down a bit" as it breaks in - that's the first time I've ever heard anything like that, and I've been shooting various stuff for 60+ years. If it recoils today, it will recoil tomorrow, next week, next year, etc., etc., etc.
You may well be able to handle the recoil better the more you shoot the gun; that's common enough.
The S&W M&P 9 mm is no super lightweight pistol, and the grip is well designed, so the recoil shouldn't be at all excessive. Keep a firm grip, keep your wrist locked and you should be able to handle the recoil quite well.
Don't worry about the size of the groups you're shooting today. With practice, they'll tighten up, and besides more shooting means more fun. I think you're doing fine.

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Thanks eca. My statement about the recoil "calming down" was based on other owners of M&P compacts saying not to judge mine until after 200 rounds because after that it is " a very different animal" I wasn't sure if that applied to accuracy or recoil or feeding issues or what.

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dry fire

do it,do it often.

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