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Old 01-16-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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I have been a student of the handgun for 3 years(but been shooting rifles my whole life)and no matter where I look to see how other people shoot,ie:you toob,websites(other than forums)etc,all I ever hear is "wrong","incorrect way to grip","outdated"etc etc etc.....Well,I have very wide palms,and whenever I hold a pistol the "correct"way,my support hand is a good 2" below the bottom of the grip and in a constant struggle to keep from "teacupping",and I more or less am in a teacup grip even though my support index finger is squeezed tight against the triggerguard.I have put my support index finger on the outside of the triggerguard to lift my support hand higher,but that didn't much either.What I have found out is that the only comfortable way to shoot and improve my accuracy is to cross my support thumb over my grip thumb and squeeze hard with my support hand thumb.This lets up on my trigger finger fatigue and simutaniously causes my support hand to rise to a better forward position because my thumb lifts my support hand automatically when I squeeze.The best part of this grip is that it works equally well with my automatics as well as my N frame revolver,and accuracy with both is better than I have ever had since I began with handguns.I wish more mainstream teachers were not so into "right"and "wrong"because every person is not the same.I have respect for the modern pistol grip,and it works better for most,but if one more person tells me how wrong I shoot i'm going to clearly say"well,maybe if I had girly-man hands like you than i'd use your technique"lol.But anyways,I know i'm not going to teach anyone anything,but I just wanted to share my trial and error and tell you what works for me.

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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Wanna know the best grip? For marksmanship and defense? The one that the shooter is most comfortable and accurate with.

Good on you for getting something to work for you. You need to have a talk with that deer in you avatar though, he's still violating your dog

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I have to agree with Trip. My stance and the way I hold a pistol is not what they teach now. I guess I am old school, I have tried the other stances and different ways to hold my pistol, I keep going back to what feels comfortable to me. I am always looking to improve and change my shooting position. With that being said, what works for you is all that counts. As long as your grip and stance is safe, go for it.

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Not many can swing a golf club with the perfection of Tiger Woods. As long as the fundementals are understood, most have to adapt and customize a bit. A Beretta 92 and many SIG's have a little larger grip ...if you haven't tried them.

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If you can hit your target and feel comfortable while doing it its the correct grip.

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I used to bowl when I was much younger, much healthier, and in much better shape. I learned very early from one of the true pros in the business. A guy named Dick Weber. He grew up only blocks from where I was born. The first bowling alley he owned in St. Louis was 5 minutes from my house. And that's where I learned to bowl. One of the things Mr. Weber taught me was that there is no "right" form or technique. It's about consistency, and to get that you have to be comfortable with it. Anyone who ever saw me bowl knows I have a very unorthodox style. I had numerous "experts" tell me I'd never be a good bowler using my technique. I went on to the state championships when I was 13. I was carrying a 210 average in a mens league at 16. At 18 I received a sponsorship offer to join the PBA tour. I turned it down because I just didn't see myself leading that kind of life.

The point is, when it comes to things like how to hold a gun, the only "right" way is what works for YOU. Granted, there are techniques that have been proven to work for many people. But they don't work for everyone. It's OK to listen to the experts. Give what they say a try. But in the end, do what feels right to you.

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Seriously, I have big hands, and I love the feel of the grip

of my DE44. Very comfortable, with a big solid beavertail.

Maybe you should try a couple calibers of Desert Eagle...

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Those are my big hands making the HKUSP9C disappear. Thumbs forward, left wrist locked. Its awkward, feels funny, but its proper and proven.
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Those are my big hands making the HKUSP9C disappear. Thumbs forward, left wrist locked. Its awkward, feels funny, but its proper and proven.
Is there a gun in there somewhere? Oh wait, I think I see something...

Man they just use the whole cow when you need work gloves don't they?
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Is there a gun in there somewhere? Oh wait, I think I see something...

Man they just use the whole cow when you need work gloves don't they?
3x work gloves. Sometimes hard to get in a nitrichem clove. So I have to wear 2x and they hurt my hands they're so tight.

This is why I love the 2x4 feel of a G20.
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