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    Question What are your gun accuracy standards?

    Do you have certain accuracy standards that guns you own have to meet?

    Any gun I purchase, I immediately bring to my back yard range to check its accuracy. I first shoot a cylinder or magazine full to check function. I then check the accuracy of the gun on a sand bag rest. To me, 3" for a given gun at a given range is my standard. Compact and sub-compact is 7 yards. 4" to 6" guns are 25 yards. Over 6" is 50 yards. I don't do much with rifles, but when I do it is mid-point blank range. I usually test with three different factory loads. Using factory loads on new guns is a plus should something catastrophic happen with new guns.

    I used to test guns as a side business for people and the local Sheriff's department in my county. After hundreds of tests, this is what I settled on.

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    For me its; 3-4" at 12 yards with a cadence of one shot per second. But I run 50 - 100 rounds prior to the final accuracy test. I find that many handguns POI will shift slightly as it breaks in, and my grip becomes familiar with the gun.
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    That's fine for guns you target shoot for fun, your numbers sound good.
    But for home defense... if someone kicks my door in and charges down the hall... I'm not shootin' off a beanbag and I'm not concerned about grouping. I'm concerned, instead, about how instinctive the gun is to get on target and fire without having to think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctordeere View Post
    That's fine for guns you target shoot for fun, your numbers sound good.
    But for home defense... if someone kicks my door in and charges down the hall... I'm not shootin' off a beanbag and I'm not concerned about grouping. I'm concerned, instead, about how instinctive the gun is to get on target and fire without having to think about it.
    I agree, BUT knowing the gun's accuracy can only help shooting off the beanbag. If the gun shoots within standards off the bag and in the unsupported hand it shoots low and left, where does the fault lie? I have seen a lot of shooter's reviews about accuracy, etc. when they pick up a gun and shoot it unsupported. That only tells us about the shooter's ability to shoot. I suppose that is an argument where a shooter can shoot a bad gun well, but also show that a shooter can shoot a gun badly. Find out the accuracy of your gun and then practice to be able to use that accuracy when needed.

    Someone depending on a gun for defense may want to be assured the gun is up to it as well as the shooter.
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    For self defense?

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    If my PT22 isn't accurate to 1 moa at 100 yards, it is junk, no good, just throw it away.
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    Different guns, different standards. Target rifle: 1" at 300 yds. Belly gun: 10" at 3 yds.

    Seems to me that accuracy determines the uses for a gun, not the other way around.
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    No, none at all.

    I get 'em to the range eventually, and as long as I hit the target (2' x 3' piece of paper) I'm okay.
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    3" at 35 yards for pistol

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