As I wrote previously, Service Rifle is still taking most of my daily training, but I've been trying to get back to my old air pistol form. I shot another AP60 today. The score improved only slightly over last week from 519 to 522, but the groups were actually much improved. Last time, the distribution was:
I was glad to get rid of the sixes. However, I had about 7 9's turn into 8's. Also, I am still shooting 7's.
My theory today was to go with lighter grip pressure, thinking that way my grip would last longer through the match. That theory was a complete bust. It lead to an unsteady sight alignment as trigger pressure was applied, which lead to jerky trigger pulls. I also had a little trouble getting zeroed.
So for my last 20 shots, I just decided to grip firm and keep the trigger moving. By then my forearms were tired, but here's how it went:
The 47 was actually my highest string of the day. So despite the minor improvement in score, I see light at the end of the tunnel as my grip strength and endurance continues to improve. I am also getting used to the FWB65 trigger, which is a long rolling trigger as opposed to a clean-breaking 2-stage trigger. I'm confident that if I can sustain a firm grip throughout the 60 shots, the 7's will disappear and I'll be popping more 10's and 9's. Another improvement that didn't show up in the score was a number of tight groups of three or four shots touching. As I develop a more consistent head position and get those groups centered, the scores will increase dramatically.