Breaking in a new glock17

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by jpierce111, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. jpierce111

    jpierce111 New Member

    Took my new G17 Gen3 home today and the first thing I did was to put a box of target rounds thru it at the range. Groups were fairly tight considering my experience. However all shots at 25ft were 8" to 10" left and 4" to 5" low.
    I shoot right handed but am left eye dominant. I would like input on how to bring these groups on target.
    Is there a break in period that effects targeting?
    How can the left eye dominance impact my shooting?
  2. dougster

    dougster New Member

    Try this. Wit the gun empty and safe. Dry fire at something safe and then freeze. Look to see what you are aiming at at the end of the trigger pull.

    A common error is to put too much of your finger on the trigger which pulls the gun down and left when pulled.

    You should concentrate on "pressing" the trigger straight back with the end of you finger and not "pulling" on the trigger which pulls the whole gun.

    It also helps to press back slowly and take the slack out of the trigger before pressing to fire the weapon.

  3. GAgal

    GAgal Well-Known Member

    Good morning jpierce111 and welcome to the Glock Forum! Is this your first Glock?
  4. I'm left eye dominant and right handed as well. Whenever I start to bring up my firearm to aim downrange, I invariably am pointing left and low by about the same distances you mentioned. What I do is turn my head a little to the right (say looking straight ahead is 12:00, I turn my head to somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00). This ensures that I am sighting in using my left eye.

    So long as your grip, sight picture, and trigger pull are all good, the head turn helps ensure you are using your left eye to aim with. If you try the head turn and are still off, you might need adjust the amount of finger on the trigger. Putting the trigger on the first joint of your trigger finger works best for most folks.

    Hope this helps at least a little.

    Welcome to the forum, and congrats on your new G17 - wishing you many safe rounds downrange!
  5. jpierce111

    jpierce111 New Member

    All good suggestions that I will try. Thanks and yes this is my first Glock.
    Can't wait to get out shooting again.
  6. Argyle64

    Argyle64 New Member

    Just shoot with your left hand. You'll thank me later. Southpaws do everything better.
  7. 10mil

    10mil Is That a .40....nope its a 10MM!

    so true ;)
  8. iamthedood

    iamthedood The dude: "This aggression will not stand, man."

    I'm in agreement w/ that statement ... ( just sayin' ) :D
  9. dutchs

    dutchs Well-Known Member

    Welcome jpierce 111, Enjoy the forum!
  10. dougster

    dougster New Member

    I am left handed but shoot right handed because I'm right eye dominant. Go figure. Just gotta go with what works best.
  11. only reason why I don't bother shooting left handed is that the mag and slide release levers are on the wrong side lol
  12. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    Glocks come ready to shoot brand new right out of the box and require NO break in. Usually and you are a case in point, the new to Glock trigger system shooter needs a break in on pulling the longer traveling trigger.

    Practice at home like stated earlier without any ammo in or near your practice area. After ensuring the weapon is clear and safe, dry fire the gun by slowly pulling the trigger and aiming at something in a safe direction.

    You have already noticed there is a bit of take up on the Glock trigger before it breaks and causes the gun to fire. Try pulling the trigger to the point that all the take up is gone and slowly release the pressure from there but don't let your finger come off the trigger. This will help you learn the travel/take up distance in the trigger. The point here is to NOT cause the gun to fire.

    After you are used to how far the trigger goes, now try reaching that point and slowly; I mean very slowly, continue applying pressure to the trigger until it breaks/fires. As with any weapon, it should surprize you when it happens. Now practice this for a day or try to pull the trigger as hard as you can WITHOUT firing the gun. This can help you get to a point that you may know the pressure to apply to almost over come the springs and pressures in your trigger group to ready the weapon to fire.

    All this will help you to see that it is you not the gun, causing the rounds to fly left and low. Greatest part is you can do this in the home and not burn ammo. Speed will come but accuaratcy has to come first they say.

    We can never miss fast enough, to win!

    The devil is in the details. The trigger is long because of the Trigger Safety and it has to be released to start the chain of events necessary to fire the gun. After the gun has fired and recoiled, blah, blah, blah, continue to hold the trigger to the rear. NOW release the trigger slowly until you feel it reset AND STOP releasing the trigger there. Now the gun is ready to fire again, without all that take up in the trigger.

    Happy shooting, be safe!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012
  13. HenryinFlorida

    HenryinFlorida New Member

    Just keep practicing with it
    I am also right handed and left eye dominant.
    I was shooting left and low with my new g21sf. By the end of my first session at the range (130 rounds) I was already seeing an improvement.
    I just installed the NY1 trigger spring, and I like the different feel. I can barely detect the stronger pull, but really like that there is a destinctive click when all the pretravel has been taken up. from there it is very smooth.
    Can't wait for my next range visit to try her out. I ordered the (-) connector, but not sure I even want it considering this is a personal defense pistol.
  14. annieoh

    annieoh New Member

    Omg i thought i was only one like that. My shots were going to left i didnt even realize what i was doing then it dawned on me. Now i'm just trying to train my right eye since my bf has some nifty rifles kind of hard to use left eye.
  15. I have the same problem when shooting rifles right-handed. Taping a piece of cardboard or paper over the left lens of your range glasses will force you to use your right eye without making you close your left eye. Helps a lot, even though it looks a little odd.