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I was using standard 3x3 florescent sticky notes on a USPSA target and was getting 3/5 on the sticky or touching but two a ways off, still in the A zone mostly. It's on me for sure.

However, is there a better target that may be more clear or contrasty at that range for a handgun?

It wasn't that long ago I'd be lucky to get all 5 on the target at all.



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I use standard bullseye targets.




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Fluorescent targets are not a good choice they may encourage you to focus on the target too much which NOT where the focus should be. Nothing wrong with old school bullseyes. The small dessert size paper plates are good too. I use various cups and plates at home and trace circular targets on scrap paper construction paper old card board boxes whatever
 
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Some variation of sights with their flat-topped front blade are still the most common in use on handguns, and even rifles like the AR. For maximum precision in achieving the same sight picture every time with such a sight, I prefer a target that consists of a triangle with one point down. The target sheet should be as large as necessary to see it well.

This is a graphic of the target I have my students use for zeroing their rifles.





(The black outline is for illustration purposes, and not necessary.)

Having a very well-defined aiming point is critical for a consistent sight picture and best accuracy. That’s why traditional bull’s-eye competitors use a six o’clock hold. Trying to position the image of a black front sight post in the same place on a dead black circular target every time is difficult and prone to aiming errors.


The above illustrates the proper sight picture with military style rifle irons, but the principle is the same with most Patridge handgun sights. Although the color of the target can be anything that contrasts well with the background, I prefer something bright like orange. It’s true that we must focus on the front sight for best results, but that’s a matter of concentration and discipline to not let ourselves become distracted. A medium blue target also works well. This is a very good commercial offering:


https://www.brownells.com/shoo...bPLAINS%2bINDUSTRIES

If we’re using a homemade target (colored construction paper sheets work well), and we want a way of monitoring how well our accuracy is improving, the primary aiming target can be combined with a circle drawn on the background paper.




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Thanks!




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The three nestled together are good groups for 25 yards for almost any handgun. When I have “flyers” like yours, it’s an indication that I’ve lost focus on the sight picture and trigger control, usually because I become impatient or tired and don’t force myself to slow down and concentrate.




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Yeah, there is some patience and trigger control issues going on. My goal is to put them all on the sticky note.




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What do you think was the cause of the two low hits?




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I use something similar to the 'zipper' target on that link above. Or, setup a USPSA target at the 45 yd classier distance and practice for A-zone hits. Slow at first, then on the timer. After that 25 yds seems easier. I do this with a Carry Optic gun.
 
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What do you think was the cause of the two low hits?


I think it was mostly lack of patience on the trigger as that’s been an issue. A little target peeping as well though.

These are 10yrds, not real aiming point on these.



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Some variation of sights with their flat-topped front blade are still the most common in use on handguns, and even rifles like the AR. For maximum precision in achieving the same sight picture every time with such a sight, I prefer a target that consists of a triangle with one point down. The target sheet should be as large as necessary to see it well.

This is a graphic of the target I have my students use for zeroing their rifles.





(The black outline is for illustration purposes, and not necessary.)

Having a very well-defined aiming point is critical for a consistent sight picture and best accuracy. That’s why traditional bull’s-eye competitors use a six o’clock hold. Trying to position the image of a black front sight post in the same place on a dead black circular target every time is difficult and prone to aiming errors.


The above illustrates the proper sight picture with military style rifle irons, but the principle is the same with most Patridge handgun sights. Although the color of the target can be anything that contrasts well with the background, I prefer something bright like orange. It’s true that we must focus on the front sight for best results, but that’s a matter of concentration and discipline to not let ourselves become distracted. A medium blue target also works well. This is a very good commercial offering:


https://www.brownells.com/shoo...bPLAINS%2bINDUSTRIES

If we’re using a homemade target (colored construction paper sheets work well), and we want a way of monitoring how well our accuracy is improving, the primary aiming target can be combined with a circle drawn on the background paper.

I'm late to this thread but wanted to thank Sigfreund for the link to this aiming target. I like the downward triangle for more precise aiming.




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A blank target. Turn a 25 yard timed fire target over. Focus on the front sight and frame it in the white area the same each shot.



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A blank target. Turn a 25 yard timed fire target over. Focus on the front sight and frame it in the white area the same each shot.


I agree, but there is more to the story. You need to have some kind of an established shooting stance and basic knowledge of precision shooting techiques if it shall work.

It actually would the best way to prepare for an official competition IF it the rules would allow it.

For targets I would either choose an official NRA or ISSF precision target printed on decent paper.
 
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When I was a serious shooter, I always shot at blank paper. Regular 8.5x11 stuff. The first shot I would try to put dead center. The rest, on top of or as close to that first shot as possible. I also never fired more than one magazine, or two cylinders full at a single target. Usually less.


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