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How do you grip your gun

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by CNEDEER, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Mar 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    CNEDEER

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    I have been shown several different ways (ok maybe not several but atleast 3)

    Still somewhat of a beginner to shooting handguns, I have been shooting shotgun and all that my whole life.

    However, at my CCW class the guy was a cop and taught me to put thumb over thumb (So being right handed my left thumb would go over my right thumb) almost like crossing your left thumb over your right.

    My friend was shooting his Glock the other day and told me his CCW teacher taught him the "thumbs parallel" technique. I haven't tried this much, but it seems as if my hands are too small to apply this grip comfortably.

    The 3rd grip is pretty much mimicking the first grip I mentioned, but placing your front pointer finger on the slotted grooves in front of the trigger. ( I have seen guys do that, but I have also seen them cup all their fingers around their shooting hand.

    I hope this makes a bit of sense, I suppose I should have took pictures.

    The general consensus on youtube seems to be that thumbs parallel is most popular.

    What do ya'll think?
     
  2. Mar 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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    wileyC

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  3. Mar 20, 2012 at 4:15 AM
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    My grip looks like this

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    thumbs parallel...most of the gripping pressure applied with the left hand
     
  4. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:19 AM
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    I use the same grip and stance as the video, however I put my pointer finger on the left hand on the trigger guard, just more comfortable for me.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:28 AM
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    Tigarfan's grip is correct. should be 70% off hand grip to 30% strong hand grip.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:31 AM
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    Same grip as Tigerfan.
     
  8. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:32 AM
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  9. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:35 AM
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    whats the proper technique for gripping a revolver?
     
  10. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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    Fingers nowhere near the business end of the cylinder. Thumbs parallel is very comfortable for me.
     
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    Instructors usually tell you to put your thumbs together so your "off" thumb won't be in the way of the action/cylinder where you'd get hurt. After that, it's pretty much what's comfortable for you.

    Here's an article about a "thumbs forward" grip I thought was interesting, but haven't practiced myself yet:

    http://www.guns.com/thumbs-forward-grip-gives-awesome-recoil-management.html
     
  14. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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    best dvds ever. He has a great explanation of grips. and switching to vtac/tigerfan style with 70/30 pressure is the best thing I ever did for my handgun shooting
     
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    i have a really hard time taking this guy serious with the class ring deal lol
     
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    I go thumbs up.
    No interference with the slide or ejection.
    Right thumb cannot inadvertently depress the safety on 1911 that way.

    GlockJockies don't have to worry about it.

    I did recently start playing with a method called ISOMETRIC TENSION.
    I push forward with the strong hand and pull back against the pressure with my weak hand.
    For some reason, recoil/followup shot is easier to manage.
    Much faster.
    I did get some coaching last week at the IPSC match where the scorer told me my grip was too deep...too much of my finger in the trigger guard and was pulling shots.
    I will go to the range and practice finger tip-not crease on the loud button.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    There is merit with the "revolver grip", or thumb over thumb. Using your support hand for other tasks often, it will keep you in the habit of GRIPPING the gun with your strong hand instead of leaving your thumb in the wind per se. However as Travis Haley explains in this video, ideally you want as much meat high on the gun as possible for recoil control and other things.

    Bottom line is you will resort to your training and your muscle memory, so find something that works for you and stick with it. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast, and it all starts with fundamentals such as grip, stance, breathing, and grows from there.
     
  20. Mar 21, 2012 at 3:24 AM
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    Thumbs forward
    . ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
    .........Like this.......
     
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