Editor’s note: In the video above, Clay discusses why he doesn’t perform accuracy testing for pistols. In his mind, the pistol platform is too limited for him to empirically assess its accuracy. Actually, it’s the other way around, Clay’s abilities as a shooter are too limited to empirically evaluate the pistol’s accuracy.
As he explains it, Clay can’t compete with the lab-grade accuracy testing required to fully examine the pistol’s performance. Even with the aid of a ransom rest, Clay doesn’t feel confident enough that he shoots the pistol to its full potential.
But from his perspective, requiring accuracy from a pistol is like requiring precision cuts from an ax. It’s not what the platform was designed to do. As long as he can hit six-inch groups at 25 meters consistently, that’s good enough.
After all, almost any shot you’re going to make with your carry gun is going to be inside of that distance and considering that the average human torso (from shoulder to shoulder) is 1’ 6” you should be able to make that shot, especially if you’re firing multiple rounds.
Now, certainly, not everyone is going to agree with Clay’s assessment on pistol accuracy. There are gun writers who have their own way of measuring accuracy and they stand by their process and results. But as a reader, it’s good to know where your favorite writers stand on the subject.