Often I will be asked which is more accurate, a revolver or a pistol. The truth is, when the barrel of a pistol is fixed, as with the MKII, the accuracy is often more than the individual shooter can live up to in either gun. Even a person who practices diligently with their handgun of choice seldom out shoots the potential of a quality barrel.
There are just too many factors involved in offhand pistol shooting that affect each shot. The shooter who has their basics aligned with each and every pull of the trigger is a rare shooter. It is the consistent application of the basics of sight alignment and trigger pull that make for accurate marksmanship.
The value of the accurate 22 caliber handgun is that it allows the shooter to repeatedly shoot for very little expense. The constant reinforcing of the basics on a real gun with undeniable holes in the target providing instant feedback builds marksmanship quickly. That is why I advise people to start with a 22 caliber handgun, and also why so many people who own a 22 caliber handgun never let go of it. They are one of the best investments in shooting a person can make, for fun, relaxation and proficiency.
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