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First Shots With My New Springfield XD

This past Sunday I went to the gun show to look for another Springfield XD 9mm. I managed to find what I was looking for and was pleased to see that it came with night sites. Since most attacks happen at night, having night sites is an important thing to consider for home defense purposes. The good thing for me was that I spent less money than I did three years ago on this second XD with night sites than I did on my first gun without them.

I didn’t get a chance to go out to the range to shoot it until yesterday. I decided to take both guns so that I could do some comparison. The slide show below will help tell my story. As you see the pictures slide by, put your mouse over the picture and they will pause as a caption appears. All shots were taken at 21 feet.

#1 This picture is a bit blurry, but that is because I was in a completely dark closet. The sights don’t look much different from any other sights in the artificially created light of the flash on my camera.

#2 With the flash off, all you can see are the three dots of the sights. Make sure to pause this picture as the front sight will brighten up a bit.

#3 My fist shot with my new XD. I hit the bulls-eye, but not exactly where I was aiming.

#4 The first five shots still found their mark, but they are a bit too high and right from where I was aiming.

#5 After 50 shots, I am beginning to wonder if my sights are off just a tad. The gun is consistent all right with an nice two inch group, but I adjusted my last 20 or so shots by aiming a little low and to the left.

#6 Here is where it starts to get interesting. Since I was unsure of my sights on my new XD, I decided to take five shots at the top number seven with my old XD. As you can see, my old XD is dead on at seven yards.

#7 Here is a close up of those last five shots. The number seven is small enough to be completely covered by a dime.

That is some pretty good shooting, even if I say so myself! The bad news is, I am not as accurate with my new XD. I decided to do some further tests just to make sure that I wasn’t extremely lucky with my old XD.

#8 I placed a “Shoot-n-see” on the left of the target and took five shots with my New XD. I hit it twice, but missed three times.

#9 I decided to take five more shots, but this time I used my old XD. I wasn’t as accurate with these five shots as I was while shooting at the number seven, but you can still see that the shots with my old XD are a bit closer.

#10 Five more shots at another “Shoot-n-see” with my new XD. All misses.

#11 Five More shots with my old XD. Three hits and two misses.

OK, it is now obvious that I am more accurate with my old XD than I am with my new one. When I got home, I took a closer look at my new XD and noticed the following.

#12-13 Here is a comparison of the front sight on my old and then my new XD. As you can see, the front sight does not sit flush on the top of the slide.

#14-17 The same is true with the rear sights. They do not sit completely flush on the top of the slide.

That would explain my shots being a bit high, but it would not explain why my shots tend to drift to the right. I am a left handed shooter so my shots tend to go right anyway, but how do I explain my dead on accuracy with my old XD and the wider grouping on my news XD? Are the sights really off on the new gun or am I just more comfortable shooting my old XD? I’m open to hearing if anyone has any ideas.

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Deadeye Keith’s Youtube Channel

As many of you know, I am involved in competitive handgun shooting. I put about 50 rounds down range every week. I shoot pistol leagues and USPSA matches at the Bullethole Shooting Range here in San Antonio Texas. I belong to the Bullethole Practical Shooters Club which hosts IPSC matches every first and fourth Saturday of every month to provide South Texas with another venue to shoot and compete in practical shooting matches.

Their mission is to promote safe, fair and fun participation in Practical Shooting competition, for shooters of all ages and skill levels. They take great care in introducing new shooters to the sport of practical shooting, yet create courses of fire that will challenge even the most experienced of shooters.

I started recording some videos of me shooting so that I could go back and watch them and see what areas I need to improve. I’ve got videos of other shooters too. Some of them are really fast! I had been hosting my videos on our ministry Youtube Channel, but then thought it would probably be best to separate all of my shooting videos from all of our Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon related videos. We certainly do not want people to get the wrong idea!

My personal Youtube Channel is named after my moniker from the pistol league. I am on a team called, The Deadeyes so I am “Deadeye Keith.” My Youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/deadeyekeith The best way to sort through all of the videos is to go to my playlist. I’ve got more than 100 videos on my channel so using the playlist option to find videos will be helpful. Be sure to visit the channel and feel free to make comments. I will also put family related videos on my channel as well. There is an option to subscribe to my channel also so if you would like to be notified of new videos, that is the way to go.

Hey, if you join the Bullethole Pistol League, I could video you and put it up on Youtube for the world to see! Here is one of my most recent videos.

Bullethole League #13 Week Two

Friday night a friend of mine asked if I am still shooting and that he had seen shooting videos here on our blog. It occurred to me that it has been awhile since I’ve posted any (January 22nd). The last video I posted was week one of the Bullethole Pistol League #13. This video is week two of the same league. We shot my favorite target, the Texas Star.

Notice that I have to reload right in the middle of shooting the star. Lesson learned? Yes, make sure all of your magazines are loaded to their limit before you start the course of fire.

Bullethole Pistol League # 13, Week 1

As many of you know, I like to practice in competitive shooting. It is a great stress relief for me and gets me out of the house too. The Bullethole shooting range hosts about five, seven-week leagues during the year. Each week we shoot a different course of fire which range anywhere from 20-30 rounds per string. A string is each time you shoot the course. Some times we shoot three strings, but most of the time we just do two. The scores from each string are added together for your total score. The scores will be posted on the Bullethole web site under League shooting/League Results. I’m not sure where my score will place me, but I am sure I will be in the top five for the production division once the page is updated.

Here is my first string for week one.

I’ll try to get a video for each week and post them here so you can see how the courses differ week to week. For week two, one of the targets is my favorite- The Texas Star!

Pistol League Shooting Video

Here is a video of me shooting a course of fire during the pistol league at the Bullethole shooting range. It is week four of league 12. I’m practing my new found skill of shooting while on the move. As you can see, I’m not moving very fast, but I’m sure I’ll get better with more practice.

The course of fire is two shots each on 10 paper targets and four large steel pepper poppers and YES, this was as fun as it looks!