Originally posted by Didls:
What distance and ammo are you shooting?
Are your sights factory?
The front and rear factory contrast sights have numbers on them
I believe a 226 9mm will commonly have a #8 factory up front and the rear.
I agree that distance and ammo have a lot of influence where you aim versus where you hit.
I also had another revelation from experience: I was trying to line up the front and rear dots horizontally; I was shooting low as well. I finally figured out I need to line the tops of front and rear sights; place the line under where I want to hit and it was on point. Once you have this fixed, then it's figuring out at what distance your ammo will zero to point of aim, usually it's a range of 10 yards to 20 yards for practical use.
I would also use a rest then you would just need to focus on slowly squeezing the trigger. Below is a recent outing. Without changing the point of aim, you can see the vertical progression from 3 yards, 5 yards, 10 yards, and 15 yards firing 5 shots each rested on a sand bag. The bottom picture is free hand at 10 yards firing 10 shots.
"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, 1946.