I have a friend that is new to shooting. He comes over once a month or so to shoot, I'm trying to teach him how to handle his XD in 9mm. He says he wants to learn to protect himself, but he won't practice! Saturday we were shooting at an 8" paper plate at 35 yards. Shooting off a rest he was missing the plate to the right, left, top, and bottom! He was hitting the plate, but he couldn't do it with any consistancy. What I was attempting to teach him was trigger control. After two double stack mags from him, I put 5 rounds in the pate that you could almost cover with a silver dollar (still using the rest). He understood then that the problem was him, not the gun. I moved from his pistol to a .22. An old Colt Woodsman that has a hair trigger, and he did just fine shooting form the rest at 35 yards. I've suggested that he practice dry firing the gun at home, but he says that he doesn't have the time to do this, and even though I've shown him how, he still don't get it! Being frustrated at this point I went to the house and got the shorty auto shotgun, and let him shoot it at the paper plates at 35 yards. He was impressed with what a shotgun could do loaded with 00 Buck, and slugs! Should I encourage him to forget the XD, and go with the shotgun? Keep working with him and his pistol? Or what? Sorry I didn't take pictures, but I will the next time.