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Old 01-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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I recently got a FDE Sig P229 Elite with a threaded barrel. This is my first handgun and I'm loving it so far. I know, it's a higher end handgun to have as a first gun but this was a Christmas gift and, well, what can I say? I was blown away.

I have hunted (mostly pheasants) most of my life and am starting to realize how challenging shooting handguns can be. I'm looking forward to the challenge! My brother also recently picked up a SP2022 (after shooting mine) so we have 2 proud Sig owners in my house.

On a side note, does anyone have any tips with how to aim? I have shot at different targets at multiple distances and actually found that I am more accurate at farther distances. I use the pumpkin on a post method for the most part, but noticed I was shooting quite low when shooting at closer targets...any tips?

Thanks all, glad to be a part of the forum
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Hello, Mick, and welcome from Missouri to a really great forum. Good people and info here! I see you are already getting some guidance on aim. I also have a SP2022 and really like it - very reliable with all types of ammo.

Even though you have used rifles, since you are new to this handgun, self defense arena, consider taking some good self defense classes. I also recommend you check out the many free YouTube videos made by Massad Ayoob, a world-class instructor in handgun use and self defense, who has recorded training sessions in Judicious Use of Force, Shoot to Live, Home Invasion, Preparation for Home Defense, and What to Do After a Shooting. Just Google his name and these topics and the YouTubes should show up. Very good instructional information from an expert, and free.

Here is a very good technical review of self defense ammo when you are ready to consider this:
Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

This is an informative review by a doctor of different gunshot wounds effects:
Doctor Talks About Gunshot Wounds

Take care, and best wishes to you and yours!
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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try covering your target with the front sight - check around to ensure i am correct but i believe that gun is set up to use a "combathold" or 12'clock sighting method - basically cover your target with the front sight instead of having the target on top of the sight. Worth a try anyway
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anyone know why every time i type a 0 i get some dang emodicon or whatever the heck you call them - never used one in my life and my life's goal of never using one has now gotten accidently ruined
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Use a combat sight picture and don't forget that some of the best practice you can get is dry fire practice.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:44 PM   #10
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Hi Mick, and welcome to the forum.

Stance
Grip
Sight Alignment
Sight Picture
Breath Control
Trigger Press
Follow Through

If you're not sure you understand how to do all of these properly you'll do yourself a big favor to get some competent hands-on instruction before you develop bad habits.

Once you understand the fundamentals you'll find dry practice a very effective (and cost-effective) way of developing proficiency.

Enjoy your new SIG.

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Use a combat sight picture
^This.

Sigs are sighted for a combat sight picture, in which the sights are aligned and then placed such that they cover the target.

If you use the pumpkin-on-a-post method you will likely strike below your intended point of impact.
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Thanks for the welcomes and tips everyone. I had read around and briefly came across a mention of the combat sight picture..I will definitely try that. I do plan on taking some sort of class so that I can learn the basics, I'm just not sure where I can where I live. I'll have to look into it. Otherwise I would consider traveling somewhere if it was a good course and worth the money. Anyone have suggestions on that? I'm comfortable with firearms, I would just like some guidance on the basics of pistol shooting.
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anyone know why every time i type a 0 i get some dang emodicon or whatever the heck you call them - never used one in my life and my life's goal of never using one has now gotten accidently ruined
it's the combo of symbols that automatically put the smiley in

is the same as : + o (take out the space and + sign)
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