Posted by Team Springfield. It's show and tell time. The first topic we threw out to them was the art of the grip.
Many words and much debate has gone into discussing the proper way to grip an autoloading pistol. Some argue that the proper grip is to have your thumbs forward, some that the thumbs should be up, while others insist that the thumbs be locked together. Note that there is a gap where the slide lock lever is.
Two grandmaster shooters discuss secrets of gripping the combat auto pistol By Duane Thomas It's all in the hands. The hands are the part of the body that interact most directly with a handgun. And how the gun reacts to its own recoil depends on how the shooter grips it.
First and foremost, a good grip means that you are holding the gun in the safest possible manner. A good grip helps you shoot accurately, while a poor one can prevent accuracy even if you are doing everything else right. If you are firing a semi-automatic handgun, a good, solid grip allows the firearm to function at its best.
One of the most recent two-hand grips to show up in defensive training is the thumbs-forward grip. This grip chokes up high on a semi-automatic pistol with both thumbs pointing straight forward along the left side of the frame. It offers significant recoil management for faster follow up shots, and some argue it is inherently accurate.
Out of all the new shooters I have ever worked with, and I mean the people who have never fired a pistol, there seems to be one thing they are all afraid of: the pistol flying out of their hands. Point notwithstanding, they all seem to fear that one thing over all else. Through modern machining, humanity has developed the ability to take a tiny explosion and contain it.
Proper shooting technique starts with your setup. Among other things, your setup includes your shooting stance and how you grip your handgun. But what is the proper technique to grip a pistol for shooting accuracy?