For today’s range trip, I was on a mission… master the Glock 36 slimline pistol! Well, “master” might be a bit strong. But, I was definitely hoping for some improvement with my G36 accuracy. And I think I saw just that!
During previous range trips with the G36, I have struggled with the positioning of the finger grooves on the grip. Rather than fitting comfortably within the grooves, my fingers seem to partially ride on top of the ridges. This tends to make the gun increasingly uncomfortable for me to shoot with each round. Of course, for shooters with a different hand size than me, this might not be an issue at all.
In the above image, you can see the finger grooves that I am referring to. Today I made a very conscious effort to place my right hand as high up on the grip as possible, pressing my second finger firmly against the underside of the trigger guard. This did help for a round or two, but my hand always seemed to slip down a bit during subsequent rounds. This once again placed my fingers partially on the ridges, leading to discomfort. I should note that my first round or two (while my fingers were mostly within the grooves) were always the most accurate.
In addition to working on my grip, I also made sure that the G36 was the first pistol I worked with today. My thought was that this would help reduce some of the hand fatigue I had to deal with while firing the G36.
So, am I showing any signs of improvement with the Glock 36. As I said before, I think so. The following Birchwood Casey targets give you a look at my last 50 rounds of Sig Sauer 45 Auto Elite Performance FMJ ammo.
What you can’t see from the above targets is the correlation between accuracy and the order in which the round was fired. As I said before, the rounds fired while my grip was firmly against the trigger guard were always the most accurate. Usually after the second round fired, my fingers had moved enough to place them on the ridges of the grip. Once this occurred, my accuracy would decrease.
I have no doubt that the G36 is capable of a lot better accuracy than the results I am producing. I hate to use “grip fit” as an excuse, but as of now, I really do think that is my issue. I’m not sure if it will help, but for my next G36 range trip I’m going to try shooting with gloves. With any luck, this will prevent my grip from slipping and keep my fingers properly positioned within the grooves. Stay tuned for more!
Glock 36 Specs:
- Caliber: .45 Auto
- System: Safe Action
- Length: 177 mm / 6.96 in
- Height: 121 mm / 4.76 in
- Width: 28.00 mm / 1.10 in
- Barrel Height: 32 mm / 1.26 in
- Length Between Sights: 150 mm / 5.91 in
- Barrel Length: 96 mm / 3.77 in
- Unloaded: 635 g / 22.42 oz
- Loaded: 765 g / 27.00 oz
- Trigger Pull: ~2.5 kg / ~5.5 lbs
- Trigger Travel: ~12.5 mm / ~0.49 in
- Barrel Rifling: Right Hand, Octagonal
- Length of Twist: 400 mm / 15.75 in
- Magazine Capacity:
- Standard: 6
- More Info: Glock
Sig Sauer Elite Performance FMJ:
- Manufactured to SIG SAUER exacting standards
- Durable copper jacketed bullets stay with the lead at impact
- Solid brass cartridges
- Dependable primers combined with clean-burning powders ensure reduced barrel fouling and more reliable functioning
- Calibers: 380AUTO, 38SPL, 38 SUPER+P, 9MM, 357MAG, 40S&W, 10MM, 45AUTO
- More Info: Sig Sauer Ammunition
Birchwood Casey Dirty Bird 12″ x 18″ Silhouette Target:
- Spot your shots easily! “Intense white” splatter offers superior downrange contrast.
- Great targets for all types of pistol-action shooting.
- Heavy tagboard construction.
- More Info: Birchwood Casey