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#188409 - 01/06/18 04:42 PM Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals
curioushooter
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Greetings. I have a T/C G2 Contender with a 12" 357 Mag barrel and a 14" 357 Herrett barrel.

This is sort of an embarrassing question, but I am pretty unsure of how to hold this pistol in a way that promotes accuracy. I find that when I hold it like I normally hold a revolver that the length and weight of the Contender become fatiguing and I cannot get steady sight alignment, so I tried holding the forend on the pistol. I find that pulling forward on the forend with one arm and pulling backward with my grip hand seems to help steady it. Is there something here I am missing? Should I consider crossing sides and shooting with my left hand on the trigger and my right hand on the forend?

I would also like to use effective shooting aides, like a walking stick and/or sling for hunting.

I apologize in the first place if this has been covered, but I didn't turn up much with some searches. It may be a case of poor keyword choice. Thanks for the attention.


Edited by AnthonyG (01/06/18 07:34 PM)

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#188417 - 01/06/18 06:02 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: curioushooter]
billa
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I would suggest this article by Gary as a great start.

http://www.handgunhunt.com/promo/members...s%20That%20Work
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#188418 - 01/06/18 06:09 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: billa]
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I find that my weak hand holding at the point where the trigger guard meets the forend works best in a traditional 2 hand hold. I do prefer using a sling to push against for the best offhand hold. I will look for a pic showing this.
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#188421 - 01/06/18 07:04 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: billa]
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The deal with the single shots is you have to be steady, a tri pod or the Bog Pod PSR, is my choice, another thing I use is a TV tray, on my ladder stands , I mount a piece of plywood to the rail , and shoot off my pack, as a handgun hunter we have to be creative,whatever it takes !

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#188426 - 01/06/18 07:39 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: racksmasher1]
curioushooter
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Thank you for the great attention, and Gary's Field Positions That Work is great, and it pretty much shows me what to do with sticks and trees which I never thought of (though I have been known to use a big tree to steady a rifle).

Perhaps the question I should have asked is how do folks literally "hold" their Contenders in an unsupported position? Do folks apply tension between their arms or against part of the pistol, sort of like an exaggerated Weaver stance?


Edited by AnthonyG (01/06/18 07:40 PM)

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#188427 - 01/06/18 07:58 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: curioushooter]
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Hi T,
I used to post here, but since my politics did not line up on every point, I was told I was not welcome.

I've an Encore. I shoot it with a Weaver hold. I put my left trigger (I'm a righty, at least for shooting) over that painful trigger guard protrusion. That is the only modification I do. I'd love it if I could get the deer to come out in front of my shooting bench, but, alas, they demure. If long range is your goal, go with the long gun. I use my contender for ranges that my revolvers don't handle.

Hope this helps.

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#188433 - 01/06/18 10:33 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: curioushooter]
billa
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Anthony, in all seriousness just shoot it like any other handgun. 2 handed, Isosceles hold with your weak hand in front of the trigger guard. Use a monopod, a tree, or a tripod, bipod, etc. to assist when you can. Get a sling to help with offhand shooting. Practice and find out what works for you.
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#188435 - 01/07/18 12:07 AM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: billa]
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Here are a few pics of my method of offhand shooting with a 2 point sling. The sling is attached at the base of the grip and the forend. This also works with the 2 point mount where the sling is attached to the rear of the scope mount instead of the forend or barrel.

http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9475

http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9473

http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9474
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#188438 - 01/07/18 09:02 AM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: billa]
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Another secret for shooting off the ground:
I always stop next to a tree for a potential rest when walking. Didn't always work well. Got the bright idea one day to screw in a bow holder in the tree just above eye level. I hang my backpack on this. Put the handgun on top and lean the gun/pack combo laterally in to the tree. This is an exceptionally stable hold. I've done deer out to 300 yds. on the edge of fields when the grass is to high to lay down.
The Bog Pod can be used this way, but it is just something else to carry. The bow holder is always in my pocket now.

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#188442 - 01/07/18 12:00 PM Re: Contender Pistol Shooting Fundamentals [Re: wvhitman]
Steve in PA
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When hunting with a handgun, I almost always carry a Primos Trigger Stick. When sitting on stand, I'll use the stick to steady my aim.



But, for this shot I was without my stick, so I just held the T/C off-hand, left hand on foregrip, right hand on pistol grip. Think of holding a rifle, but without the stock in your should. This was an 80 yard off-hand shot without the use of support.



Edited by Steve in PA (01/07/18 12:02 PM)

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