Your experience echos my own. I never could hit anything with mine. At the time, I regularly shot a competition style pellet pistol to keep in practice, so could ordinarily hit what I aimed at. The .36 Colt is not the most ergonomic of pistols. I traded a pocket knife for mine. I only use it as a prop during Signal Corps living history events. Carrying it all weekend gave me a backache, so I keep my cellphone in the holster & leave the pistol on the table... geezers love the ten foot rule, don’t ya know?I owned a cheap-o .36 caliber Colt replica with Brass frame and 5-1/2 inch long barrel. No matter how I braced it, the rounds were off the 8-inch target at 10 feet or closer. Never knew it this was due to the sights or warped frame or whatever.
Also that short loading lever required more force to ram the ball and was rough on the palm of my hand. I got rid of it.