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Handgun Shooting Grip

A good shooting grip allows the shooter to shoot accurately and consistently, control recoil and muzzle flip while handling the gun in the safest possible manner.

  
  


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Proper Shooting Grip

  1. When placed in the hand the weapon forms a straight line with the forearm.

  2. The webbing of the hand should be up as high as possible on the black strap of the grip. The higher you can safely place your hand on the grip of a gun the better control of muzzle flip you will have.

  3. A two handed shooting grip completely encircles the grip of the gun and provides for greater control of recoil and stability.

  4. A good shooting grip must be consistent.

  5. A good grip enhances accuracy, controls recoil and muzzle flip (muzzle rise).

  6. A good grip should be as firm as a handshake.

  7. A good shooting grip lends to faster recoil recovery for a second shot.

  8. Weak side fingers should wrap around the strong hand fingers.

  9. The wrists should be positioned close together.

  10. Thumbs should rest on top of each other, with the strong hand thumb on top. Both thumbs should point at the target.

  11. The heal of your weak hand should cover the area of the grip that is exposed.

  

Improper Shooting Grip Warnings

Handling a gun may be hazardous to your health. It is important that you hold a gun in proper way to prevent injury to your hand by the actions of the gun as it discharges.

  1. For pistol shooting, the strong hand should not be placed too high on the grip such that the slide will "bite" your hand.

  2. For pistol shooting, do not place the non-firing thumb in the rear of the weapon. If you do the slide will "bite" your hand.

  3. For revolver shooting, weak hand fingers should not extend in forward of the cylinder wheel to prevent injury from burning of escaping hot gases.

  4. Holding a gun to weak or too low on the grip may cause the gun to twist in your hand causing strain to your hand or wrist.

  5. Holding a pistol too low on the grip or too weak can cause it to jam. This is also know as "limp wristing". By holding it too low you change the dynamics of the motion of the slide by allowing the muzzle to flip upward. The slide may not have sufficient momentum to operate properly causing a jam. This problem is cured with a high handed firm grasp.

  

Your Trigger Finger

When not shooting at a target, the trigger finger should never be inside the trigger guard or rest upon the trigger. It should always be along the side of the gun pointing in the same direction as the barrel.

 

How Strong Should You Grip A Handgun?

You should squeeze the gun grip about as hard as you would a firm handshake. If you squeeze the grip too hard your knuckles will turn white and your hand will begin to shake. If you squeeze too softly you may end up "limp wristing" the gun causing a jam. When shooting double handed, 60% of the gripping force should be from your strong hand and 40% of the gripping force should be from your weak hand (rough rule of thumb).

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.

 

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