Handgun Shooting Grip
shooting grip allows the shooter to shoot
accurately and consistently, control
recoil and muzzle flip while handling the gun in the safest possible
Proper Shooting Grip
When placed in the hand the weapon forms a straight line with the
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.
A two handed shooting grip completely encircles the grip of the gun
and provides for greater control of recoil and stability.
A good shooting grip must be consistent.
A good grip enhances accuracy, controls recoil and muzzle flip
A good grip should be as firm as a handshake.
A good shooting grip lends to faster recoil recovery for a second
Weak side fingers should wrap around the strong hand fingers.
The wrists should be positioned close together.
Thumbs should rest on top of each other, with the strong hand thumb
on top. Both thumbs should point at the target.
The heal of your weak hand should cover the area of the grip that is
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.
For pistol shooting, the strong hand should not be placed too high on
the grip such that the slide will "bite" your hand.
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.
For revolver shooting, weak hand fingers should not extend in forward
of the cylinder wheel to prevent injury from burning of escaping hot
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.
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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