How do you grip your pistol?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by kirbinster, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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    I am a fairly new shooter and was taught to grip the pistol with my right hand as high up on the grip as possible and then to wrap my left hand filling the gap between my palm and fingers with my left thumb along the barrel of the gun pointing forward and my right thumb parallel behind it. Recently I have seen people gripping the weapon with the left thumb on top of the right thumb pointing almost straight up.

    I was wondering if anyone uses that second method and if they find it works better than the first. All comments and suggestions are welcomed. Thanks.
     
  2. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    what you were taught, is the "right" way in my opinion, espeicaly on a semi-auto. revolvers can be tricky/different...especially a single action only revolver where you need to cock the hammer on each shot. On those, it's best to use your weak hand thumb to cock, so you may end up with a bit of a "crossed thumb" grip

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  3. Baxter

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    While grips can be important, it's also important to choose a grip you are comfortable with. my recommendation would be to try multiple grips and see what works best for you comfort wise and see which grip you are more accurate with. I personally use different grips depending on if I'm shooting my revolver or semi. With my revolver, I like to use my left thumb to cock the hammer to single action. And with a semi I usually have my left thumb under my right. Just try a few grips and see what works for you. Be careful though with gripping to high, don't want to get thumb bite ( slide racking back and getting your thumb).
     
  4. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    This:
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    Not this:
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    And not this:
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    And for the love of The Lord, not this:
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    And experiment with this:
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  5. downsouth

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    This but with my left index finger on the front of the trigger guard. I don't know how accepted this is among those in the know but it helps my personal accuracy. I apply a little pressure pulling the gun into my strong hand creating a vise like grip. Like I said, it helps me.

    I noticed that my sig p229 has serations on the front of the trigger guard. If it is not for this use then why are they there?

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  6. Baxter

    Baxter New Member

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    My personal favorite
     

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  7. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    That's ghetto, Holmes
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Remember a firm grip is not a tight grip.

    If you grip a hammer and try to nail, you want enough swing so the peen does the work and not your arm. Same thing with the handgun.
    Too tight of a grip and you will get tired more quickly than if you had a firm grip.
     
  9. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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  10. Bob Wright

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    Concentrate on your sights and trigger squeeze. Start getting good groups at fifteen to twenty-five yards. Your grip and stance will evolve.

    Bob Wright
     
  11. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Member

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    As to sight pictures, I've always preferred the six o'clock hold as opposed to the center hold. The center hold usually obscures too much of my target, and does not present as clear view of my sights. For small game, I put the whole head on top of my front blade.


    Bob Wright
     
  12. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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    25 yards, I can't even see the target that far away :D

    All kidding aside, as a new shooting I am concentrating on 7 yard and 10 yards. Don't see a point at spraying stuff all over the place until I can place them at shorter distances. The attached was at 10 yards with my Glock G22 .40 cal, still trying to overcome the low and left shots every once in a while.
     

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  13. Bob Wright

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    Try shooting at a smaller target, say a 3" Birchwood Casey stick-on bullseye. The smaller your target, the more you'll concentrate.

    Bob Wright
     
  14. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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    Thanks Bob. You can't really see it in this iPhone picture, but to the left and the right of the head are a pair of 3" or 4" targets.
     
  15. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    Ok Ok.... Here is the video to demonstrate this one!

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    .....Always make sure that you "Throw" the bullets!
     
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  16. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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    Oh, that is my mistake - I have not been throwing the bullets. I'll try this next time :D :D :D
     
  17. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    He be jammin'
    Funnier than owl $#!t
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  18. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    What he said is what I know as the correct way for semi autos, but I always say to hold it the way that is most comfortable, as long as its safe.