A tremendous amount of insight can be obtained about a shooter’s skill level by looking at how bullets hit a paper target. The shooter’s consistency and skill are revealed by the tightness or looseness of the shot groupings, the measurement of the proximity of bullet holes to each other on a target.
After firing 3 to 5 shots at a target, the holes should all be in relatively the same place on the paper. A tight grouping indicates consistency of grip pressure, sight alignment, and trigger control. Even if the hits are not in the bullseye, the close proximity to each other indicates that the shooter’s grip, stance, and sight alignment are consistent from shot to shot. If the holes are far apart from each other, this indicates variations of grip pressures. The shooter may be constantly adjusting her hands or stance, or the sight picture may be inconsistent.
If the holes are not clean circles (they have large tears) then the shooter may have a relaxed grip that is not applying consistent 360-degree pressure to properly manage the pistol’s recoil.
The first goal of a shooter is consistency. Don’t stress about trying to get bullseyes every time. Instead focus on getting tight groupings. Then your AG & AG Facilitator can diagnose the key factors that will improve your accuracy and help you inch that grouping towards the bullseye.