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Old October 5, 2012, 12:08 PM   #3
RickB
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Most modern handguns lock up at an angle, to account for bullet travel through the barrel as the gun recoils upward; that is, the barrel is aiming down, below the aiming point, and the bullet is rising as it moves down the barrel. That's why handguns hit in different locations depending who's holding the gun, as the gun will rise more or less depending on strength of grip and solidity of shooting stance. Turn the gun on its side, and the barrel is now pointing off to the side of the intended target, enough that at ranges beyond yelling distance, you're likely to miss the target altogether if you have the side of the slide sort-of pointed at the target. Thank God for the gangsta grip!
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