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How to Grip Your Pistol - Drill

By Travis Denman

01/20/2018

Shooting in rapid succession places a great demand on your grip. In all of our training you will be practicing your grip at some level but here I want to focus specifically on the grip only and nothing else. I'm going to hit some general guidelines that are a good starting point for most people. As you develop your skill experiment with hand placement. Make minor adjustments to one or both hands and see what works best for you. Here are the high points to start you off on the right foot.

As you develop your skill experiment with hand placement.

1. Firing hand- as high on the grip as possible with the web of the hand against the beaver tail. Middle, ring, and pinky fingers wrapped around the grip directly under the trigger guard. Index finger rests along the frame. The thumb of the firing hand should "lock" over the top of the support hand thumb once you have established a 2 hand grip.

2. Support hand- as much contact as possible should be made with the meaty portion of the thumb to the grip of your pistol. The thumb rests straight along the frame. Fingers wrap over the top of your firing hand under the trigger guard.

*special emphasis - make sure your firing hand thumb is over the top of your support hand thumb. I see this violated very often. Don't be that guy.

The thumb of the firing hand should "lock" over the top of the support hand thumb...

The Drill - establish a grip on your pistol and take a sight picture on your favorite dry fire target. Purposefully squeeze the pistol and hold for 15 seconds while maintaining perfect sight alignment. Your grip should be tight enough to maintain control of your weapon if someone were to try an pull it from your hands. Keep your shoulder blades down and back and a slight bend in your elbows. Rest for 20 seconds and repeat the hold for another 15 seconds. Repeat this process for 10-20 cycles. This may seem trivial but it will build strength and familiarity with the position of your pistol in your hands.

... it will build strength and familiarity with the position of your pistol in your hands.

Your grip is the foundation to which other fundamentals will be applied. If you have read my other posts you know how important the fundamentals are. Stay tuned, we will be building on this in the coming weeks... happy training!

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Article By Travis Denman
Tactical and Competition Shooting, CQB
A former senior enlisted advisor at the Army's premier CQB and hostage rescue course, sponsored competition shooter, and weapons trainer who isn't satisfied until his students are teaching.

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schau212
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This tip is one of the many things that helped my handgun shooting. Now only to practice it more so I can learn to re-establish the grip after reloading
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Jtingle
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I learned this from a kagwerks class, and I can't tell you how much it helps and how much more accurate it will make you.
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Barney
thanks........ i'll add the grip reps into my daily dry weapons sessions
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Firing hand thumb on top of support thumb is great info. I've been breaking this and need to correct it immediately. Thanks for the information.
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Will
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Good stuff brother! Pass it on!
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solutionsolved
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Great info. I see the importance of setting a sturdy grip especially in competitions when a half second timeout to reset your support hand can be killer. Getting a solid grip right out of the holster is key. Thanks for the article Travis.
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