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Handgun accuracy standards?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by PaulB47, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering what people use as a standard to say they have an accurate gun. Testing at 25 feet with a rest? What size group?

    I'm guessing with most handguns it almost doesn't matter, but for (say) a trail gun or something along those lines it might be a factor.
     
  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    At 25' with a rest... All in one hole... Or dang close.

    Standing without support is all on the shooter.
     
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  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. I think the classic historical standard is 2" at fifty yards.
     
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  4. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The mil spec for a 1911 was an 8" group at 30 yds, I like my guns to shoot better than that.
     
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  5. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    POA = POI at any reasonable distance off hand. That is how I define handgun accuracy in my small world.
     
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  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    So, your small world is 1-MOA, yes? ;)
     
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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I sent back a TRP that did 6" at 25yds from a rest.
    They returned it with a new barrel and a target they had shot 5 rounds in an inch.
    I do close to that or the gun goes by by.
    Rested. Then I give some leaway when I start wobbling free hand:confused:
    I like to shoot out to 100 yards with my handguns. They should be minute of bad guy out there.
    Or at least scare the pea tadlers out of them
     
  8. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Side of a barn at 20 paces.

    GTG
     
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  9. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    I like that, Min. of bad guy! LOL Seriously, an Inch at 25 yards is pretty good! I bet most of mine can do better, but my shakey arthritic hands can do no better!
     
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  10. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Your standard is an inch at 25 Yards?! Or 25 feet? I don't know if I have any handguns that will do an inch at 25 yards, certainly with my eyes as they are.
     
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  11. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    From a rest and bags, 1" is not unbelievable at 25 yards IMO.

    Eye sight and trigger control could hinder that though.
     
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  12. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    2" at 25 yards is excellent shooting. 3" at 25 yards is very good.

    From a rest, with a high quality handgun and good ammo the above is doable for some. Most people can't put 5 shots in 2" at 25 yards with sand bags under their wrists.
     
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  13. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    A very high percentage of handguns are incapable of this. And that's the precision of the firearm, ie mechanical accuracy, no human factor.
     
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  14. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Let's see you do that off-hand while doing a back flip off a Humvee. Will even allow an "operator beard and tactical socks"! :D:D
     
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  15. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    The real question is can YOU be accurate enough when the time calls for it? That is the test, the bestest pistol in the world is useless if YOU the shooter cant hit with it!
     
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  16. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm going to do it.


    Except for the hitting intended target part.
     
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  17. UserNameInUse

    UserNameInUse SW WA Active Member

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    Paper plate at 7 yds, fairly rapid. I don't have the patience for target shooting.
     
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  18. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Wifey and I use Costco bargain brand paper plates at 7yards. Works just fine for self defense practice in our little world. We can attach several of them to cardboard backers. Useful for moving and shooting practice. Disclaimer- we do also own some really cool splatter targets. Dang it but I really like to see them splatter.
     
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  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well....
    That's why the gun has to be able to shoot perfect
    Then you know where the fault lies
     
  20. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Exactly! If my gun is near perfect, then the Shooter ( me) needs work! I always need work according to the missus!
     
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