I am new to gun ownership, spent my life anti-gun, even though I grew up with them always in the home, I was never taught about them.
So when I changed my opinion, I found every online resource I can get my hands on and learned everything I could, being I am disabled from work injuries my income is very limited so I don’t get to pay for online courses. I did find an NRA course for basic pistol shooting online that I was able to go through the instructor side of it for free but I didn’t get a cert because it was the instructor side and not the student side.
That said, I have been practicing dry fire drills at home nightly and going to the range once a week. I have saved enough to take a CPL course but they can’t do the course until our range allows gatherings again.
I find that when I am shooting at the range I am hitting my target fine but I am unable to hold a group. Meaning that I take 12 shots from about 7 yards and 4 or more always end up left, low or low right. I have recorded my shots and have a failed attempt at recording my hands while shooting. I am taking my wife next week to record my hands in slow motion so I can see what I am doing wrong. I apologize for the long back story but I wanted you to know where I was coming from. I am 47 and have a masters degree in IT but never got to use it because of my disability. I am a sponge when it comes to learning so any help you can give me I will definitely try repeatedly.
At home I do multiple drills, I do draw drills, reloading drills, two to the body one to the head, el presidente, I even have a target set up that has 10 different drills in 2 inch circles. When I go to the range I find myself focusing only on getting my shots to land where I want them to. I go with the intention of doing similar drills as at home but I always see that I am off and end up slowing everything down and trying to just keep my shots on the center target, most to the body but some to the head and the two targets right and left of the head. I recently even started doing the NRA B-2 circle target but again staying center is not happening. I come home watch videos and feel like I am on to something but then live it goes differently. Now today I found when I was trying to make a video for youtube to see if someone could point out what I was doing wrong, I shot way better and only had 3 shots miss the center and my headshot which are usually low ended up dead on.
My question is this, should I be focusing more on training drills and less on accuracy or should I keep focusing on accuracy until I am accurate enough to perform the drills?
With a laser trainer at home, I am very accurate from any distance I try, so I am sure the problem has to be in my form, stance, and/or anticipation, although I don’t feel like I am moving prior to pulling the trigger, I can’t see it being the gun and I have tried different ammo both the federal Champion 9mm 115gr aluminum and the Federal American eagle 124gr. Any suggestions are greatly and I mean greatly appreciated. If you suggest any videos or any other training please post the links I will definitely check them out, Keep in mind, It takes me time to save up for specific training but I will definitely do so. I eventually would like to one day become an instructor, if I can get my skills on par.