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Old 05-16-2017, 12:40 PM
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My Ruger LC9 is currently shooting low, like 4" at 3 yards low. Is there any way to adjust the elevation, or do I just have to hold high when I shoot it?
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:51 PM
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What weight bullet are you shooting? Maybe a heavier one will raise the point of impact.
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What Iggy said.

Does it also shoot low when your buddy shoots it. 4" at three yards is a looong way off. If it shoots that way for everybody with regular (115-124gr) ammo, then send it back to Ruger.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:23 PM
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When I first got my LC9 it shot way low also.

I figured it was me -- pulling the gun down just before it fired.

It was an original hammer fired version.

Now, after three years of practicing with DA revolvers, I find the LC9 shoots just fine to point of aim.

Also, putting on the Magazine finger extension base plate helped me control the gun better.
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When I first got my LC9 it shot way low also.

I figured it was me -- pulling the gun down just before it fired.

It was an original hammer fired version.
Good point. Mine is an LC9s and it shoots dead on with that nice trigger.
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What Iggy said.

Does it also shoot low when your buddy shoots it. 4" at three yards is a looong way off. If it shoots that way for everybody with regular (115-124gr) ammo, then send it back to Ruger.
I am the only one who shot it (other than my wife about a year or so ago, who also shot it low), so it is possible that it is just me. However, every other firearm that I shot yesterday was dead on. My wife is, by no means, a great shooter, and I am more than decent, but two people shooting the same firearm low tells me that it is possibly the firearm.
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Try it from a solid rest. Use different weight bullets.
Those require nothing but ammo money.
If it's the same after doing all that, either call Ruger and see what they'll do for you or, and you're lucky it's shooting low, you can file the front sight down to raise your POI.
That would be the absolute last thing I'd do though. And then fractions of change each filing.
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I have one, 4" at 10' isn't a big deal, it's part of the disadvantage of a short barrel Tupperware and springs pocket pistol. If it were a 6" or 8 3/8" K22 or K 38 at 25 yards I would be concerned. Try the heaver weight bullet.
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Four inches at only 3 yards is HUGE and a pretty clear indication you have developed a Push Flinch. However after careful testing for an extended period I did determine that my Ruger LC9S Pro has the sights regulated for 147 grain SD loads. With 147 grain loads the sights are dead on at 10 yards but with 115 grain range fodder it will shoot about 2 1/2 inches low at 10 yards. If the sight regulation for you LC9 is the same as the LC9s then 1.2 inches of your shift in POI is due to the sights. So a heavier bullet weight will get you to shooting about 3 inches low.

BTW, I've been dealing with a tendency to flinch since 1974 when I shot my first centerfire handgun. IMO it is a natural physiological response to flinch when you hear a loud noise and a blow to the hand(s) so there is no shame at all in admitting you have a flinch. Once you accept that it will happen you can then address the problem. For me the solution has always been the same, I tell myself to "settle down", take a breath or two, and then concentrate on achieving a completely relaxed posture and state of mine when the trigger breaks. Note, some call the practice of concentrating on achieving a completely relaxed state of mind Meditation or Zen. I call it Range Day but have enough practice in doing this that I have considered righting a book called "Zen and the Art of Mastering Handgun Shooting".
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I think I'd back the target off a bit. Maybe to 7-15 yards where I suspect the sights are factory adjusted for.
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I have to tell you -- even if you are completely expert with all other kinds of handguns the pocket-size true DAO guns can make you look like you've never shot before. Years ago a KelTec P-32 taught me the lesson, and in just the past week or so a Beretta Pico has reinforced it.

Extensive DA shooting of J-frame revolvers with skimpy grips is probably the best experience to have before shooting these wee beasties, but shooting low is still almost guaranteed to occur. Just as with the J-frames, though, there is a solution -- dry firing. Concentrate completely on keeping that front sight on target while stroking that loonngg DA trigger. It may take 1000's of practice pulls, but it'll eventually come.

These days, for some reason everyone seems to expect that they should be able to pick up any type of gun and shoot it just as well as they can shoot their favorite. Here's the fact -- it ain't gonna happen. Think of those unfortunates who learned to drive in a car with an automatic transmission -- they may be perfectly capable drivers with any automatic transmission car, but stand back if they get behind the wheel of a stick shift! It just takes patience, practice and time...
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