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omegaflame 08-10-2010 06:07 AM

Personal grip for the 1911
I'm a new enough shooter that I try different grips (ways to hold) my 1911 when I'm shooting it.

I know what the "proper" grip is, but how do people here hold theirs?

I'm still trying to develop good form for shooting my 1911.

VR4 08-10-2010 07:56 AM

I hold mine like this.

omegaflame 08-10-2010 08:01 AM


Originally Posted by VR4 (Post 329072)

Yeah that's actually the way I've been holding mine mostly.

danf_fl 08-10-2010 09:01 AM

This is close to asking "How do you sit in the driver's seat?"
Everyone has a variation of their favorite hold. Thumbs up, thumbs on safety, thumbs forward, white knuckled, limp wrist, etc...
If your hold will allow you to shoot 500 rounds in one day (think a 1 day competition) and your hands do not hurt afterwards, then you have developed the hold for you.
If your hand hurts after 10 rounds of .45ACP in the M1911a1, then you are holding it wrong.

omegaflame 08-10-2010 09:45 AM

I was more curious what grips people here used.

Using that grip I'll only start to feel some "fatigue"? in my hands after 100 rnds.

I'm still new enough it's trivial for me to change my grip and try different ones.

danf_fl 08-10-2010 04:04 PM

Extend your arm and have the thumb and forefinger form a "V". Place the handgun centered in the "V" (the idea is to let your arm absorb as much recoil as possible, not parts of the hand.)
Have as high of a grip on the handgun as possible (try to form a straight line through the barrel and your forearm).
Bring the sights up to you, don't bend your head down to see the sights.
Bring your "non-dominant" hand up for support and put the thumbs in close proximity of each other (some people will instinctively try to cross the non-dominant thumb behind the handgun slide. DON'T DO THAT!)

Exactly how to hold your thumbs and what works for you is mainly trial and error.
My basic hold works on both semi-autos and revolvers for me.

Ruzai 08-11-2010 12:21 PM

I have a slightly modified traditional hold, the one you're taught in the instructional videos can work if you're new and go from there to what you like.
Placing your dominant hand as high on the grip as you can and wrapping your fingers firmly, letting the thumb rest under the safety and wrapping your non-dominant hand's fingers on the "V" between your fingers of your dominant hand to provide a better surface area grip between both of your hands. My non-dominant hand's index finger holds the front fo the trigger gaurd for extra muzzle control. I have large hands so this is easier for me to do than some of the other people I shoot with do.

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