Couple of things. The smaller and lighter the handgun the less accurate in general. Although when shot by a expert the difference in accuracy is not
there. But the smaller and lighter the gun the bigger the initial learning curve to get accurate with it.
Also, being new at shooting there will be some anxiety which causes little things to happen that are messing up your aim. If you tell me what the
shot groupings are looking like I may be able to tell you what you are doing wrong.
The magazine/clip being hard to load. Almost all brand new magazines are like that. the spring just is real stiff and needs breaking in. I'm a real
strong guy and I even struggle getting rounds 8-10 in. There are loading tools that really, really save you a bunch of pain. Cheap too.
The advice to just load a magazine and keep it like that for a few weeks will work just fine. But keep in mind that the softer the spring gets the
more issues it will have pushing the next round up. So for dire life and death home defense situations you may want to keep a half loaded magazine
that you know will not misfeed when TSHTF
Other than that. Welcome to the club new gun owner. You are actually one of the silent majority. And a good example that 99% of gun owners are
normal friendly people.
Also the previous poster is right. Often you get what you pay for with handguns. the more expensive (to a point) the higher quality. Doesn't mean
less issues. expensive guns can sometimes act finicky. but it does make an big difference.
Poster who just bought the Kahr. Good choice. sweet lineup of compacts they got.
as for me. I too own a handgun, but I'm more into long gun sorta stuff and stick to the rifles which are more my joy.
PS about the accuracy thing. pistols are some of the hardest firearms in my opinion to get really accurate at shooting. the shorter the barrel the
more control the operator needs to have regarding their hands and stance.
Also stance makes a huge difference. try not to keep your back straight, bow it a little and roll the shoulders slightly forward and keep your elbows
in, similar to a boxer, don't chicken wing it (hard to explain easy to show) and don't lower your head to align the sights. bring the sights up to
your eye level, not the other way around. Also aim your lead foot at what you are trying to shoot. ie if you are standing left foot forward make
sure your left foot is aligned with the target (pointing at it) the rear foot can be at 45 degrees or whatever is comfortable.
Also experiment with your grip. that makes a huge difference. watch how the competition shooters cradle the gun in between both palms with both
thumbs parallel (ish) to each other on the left side of the slide, thumb aimed length wise as much as possible down the gun. makes a huge difference
in control and recoil mitigation.
Your going to find that you'll really enjoy shooting over time.
edit on 1-6-2012 by BASSPLYR because: (no reason given)