Shooting Low Left Consistently [Corrections To Try]

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If you consistently shooting low left with a pistol as a right handed shooter. Here are few things to diagnose your errors:

  • Bad grip
  • Anticipating recoil jerking motion prior to the bullet leaving the barrel
  • Too much or too little trigger finger curl the muzzle slightly to the left
  • Misalignment between front sight and the target

6 Corrections To Shooting Low And To The Left

Reference A Pistol Shooting Error Chart

The quickest way to diagnose why your shots are shooting low left is to reference the pistol shooting errors chart below:

pistol error chart

Use Mantis X10 To Diagnose Why You're Shooting Low

Simply, attach it to any pistol accessory rail and connect it via Blutooth with your smartphone. This device will give you more feedback on the natural performance tendency of your particular firearm and the way you shoot.

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Immediate feedback!

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If you pull the trigger with any jerking motion, it will let you know

If you flinch before firing, it will let you know

If you do anything, it will let you know and guide you along the way

  • Real time tracking of muzzle movement
  • Live fire & Dry fire diagnosis
  • Saves data to see improvements overtime
  • Handgun caliber / load testing
  • Barrel length & compensator performance testing
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This is absolutely an amazing tool for anyone training and testing firearms.

Correct Your Grip

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Shooting low and left with a handgun has something to do with the grip for right handed shooters

  • Close all the void inside the grip so the recoil impulse doesn't go in the direction of the least resistance.
  • Stippling the handgun grip makes the gun harder to slip off your hand
  • Stop anticipating the recoil and inadvertently shooting low and left

Under cutting the trigger guard allows the hand can grip higher. It can slightly change the angle of the grip to help with recoil control.

Re-Adjust Trigger Finger Placement

shooting breathing cycle

When the handgun is shooting low and to the left, the most common problems have to do with how the shooter pull the trigger:

  • Focus your breathing for follow up shots to improve accuracy and shot group 
  • Too much trigger press can curl the muzzle to the low and left
  • Slow squeeze the trigger to the rear right before hitting the wall (Keep sights steady, steady, steady...until the trigger breaks)

Misaligned Iron Sights

iron sight picture alignment

Misaligned sight picture can definitely make a handgun shooting low. If iron sights are not aligned properly, please use a sight pusher to readjust the rear sight.

Re-Zero Sights Correctly

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If your handgun is shooting low with a red dot sight, be sure to test and verify points of impact on targets.

Red dot sight eliminates the need to focus on the front sight, but make sure the optic is mounted properly on the slide so it doesn't loose zero.

Use a metered torque wrench to torque down the optic tight so it retains zero and not get loose over time.

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Check our the best pistol red dot sights here

Dry Fire Practice

Practice is the key to getting good.

Dry fire or live fire practice with the Mantis X10 recommended above will give you data driven feedback than without it.

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