gripsheroStacy Bright brings to light an excellent article “Handgun Grips: What Works, What Doesn’t” where she highlights several does and don’ts of hand gun grips. Here are the six primary styles she reviews, plus what the NRA recommends:

1. Good Semi-Automatic Grip – Stacking your thumbs provides the best overall two-handed grip while keeping your thumbs out of the way. Make sure your support-hand thumb doesn’t interfere with any of the handgun’s controls.

2. Teacup Grip – With a teacup grip, the support hand doesn’t do much at all to absorb recoil.

3. Thumbs Crossed -Crossing the support hand thumb behind the strong hand thumb can get it in the way of the slide on a semi-automatic handgun.

4. Index Finger in Front of Trigger Guard – Some people think putting the support-hand index finger on the front of the trigger guard helps mitigate recoil, but it really weakens the grip overall.

5. Gripping the Wrist – Disregard what you’ve seen in the movies, this is not an advisable shooting grip.

6. Revolver Grip – When gripping a revolver, keep your support thumb out of the way.

positions2The NRA has standardized on the Good Semi-Automatic pistol grips, which has proven to accomplish the following three things:

1. Correctly places the trigger finger on the trigger to support perfect sight alignment when the pistol goes off;
2. Achieves natural alignment of the sights to the eye (grip alignment);
3. Reduces the sliding of pistol in the hand when shooting a heavy-recoiling pistol.

Self-taught and beginner shooters can easily their improve accuracy and speed by applying the techniques described here, odd as some may feel to hands that are ingrained to old habits or eyes that have seen too many bad examples from Hollywood. Experiment safely, including dry firing, before trying any new technique at accelerated speed.


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