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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: Ensure that you have a proper grip on the pistol, as an incorrect grip can affect your accuracy.
  • Anticipating recoil: Be mindful of any jerking motion caused by anticipating the recoil before the bullet exits the barrel. This anticipation can throw off your aim.
  • Trigger finger placement: Pay attention to the position of your trigger finger. Too much or too little curl in your finger can cause the muzzle to shift slightly to the left

  • Sight alignment: Check for misalignment between the front sight and the target. This misalignment can result in consistently shooting low left.

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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When right-handed shooters consistently experience shooting low and left with a handgun, the grip becomes a crucial factor to consider.

  • Close any gaps or voids within the grip. This prevents the recoil impulse from directing towards the path of least resistance.
  • Stippling the handgun grip enhances traction and minimizes the likelihood of the gun slipping from your grasp
  • By focusing on maintaining a steady aim and avoiding any inadvertent movements, you can overcome the tendency to shoot 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.

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Re-Adjust Trigger Finger Placement

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When a handgun consistently shoots low and to the left, the primary issue often lies in how the shooter pulls the trigger:

  • Focus on your breathing - Concentrate on your breathing technique for follow-up shots to enhance accuracy and tighten your shot group. 
  • Avoid excessive trigger press - Excessive pressure on the trigger can cause the muzzle to curl downwards and to the left. Ensure a smooth and controlled trigger pull without exerting too much force.
  • Employ a slow trigger squeeze - Apply gentle, gradual pressure to the trigger, moving it rearward just before reaching the break point. Throughout this process, maintain a steady sight picture, emphasizing stability until the trigger breaks.

Misaligned Iron Sights

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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 consistently shooting low when equipped with a red dot sight, it is important to perform testing and verify the points of impact on your targets.

While using a red dot sight eliminates the necessity of focusing on the front sight, it is crucial to ensure that the optic is securely and correctly mounted on the slide to prevent any loss of 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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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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