Handling 1911s or Springfield XDs versus other pistols

Handling 1911s or Springfield XDs versus other pistols

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    Handling 1911s or Springfield XDs versus other pistols

    A few friends and I went to the range yesterday. We had a variety of 45s to shoot, 3 1911s, XD, Para, Colt. I noticed that with the 1911s and XD I had to hold the pistol higher up in my grip to shoot them accurately. The 3" Colt Defender was the same way but more pronounced in the requirement to hold it high. So essentially, the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger were pressing high against the beavertail.

    What is your experience with this type of grip? I noticed that this was the reason that I need to be aware of how I hold a Glock or Sig Sauer versus a 1911/XD grip.

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    1911's were designed to have the web of the thumb high against the beavertail. The closer your trigger finger is (vertically) to the axis of the bore, the less perceived recoil, and faster follow-up shots.
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    The web of the hand being high on the backstrap is important to handgun shooting, in general. It is a fundamental. With some autopistols, susceptible to "limp-wrist"-induced malfunctions, a high hold is vital.

    With revolvers, a high hold results in less muzzle flip, and therefore faster recovery for the next shot. And, less pain from more powerful loads. See my avatar, at left? The web of my shooting hand is right at the top of where the rubber part ends. If the web only rises to where the curved part of the rubber starts, muzzle flip will be dramatically worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    Your thoughts?
    Sounds to me like you're doing it right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    A few friends and I went to the range yesterday. We had a variety of 45s to shoot, 3 1911s, XD, Para, Colt. I noticed that with the 1911s and XD I had to hold the pistol higher up in my grip to shoot them accurately. The 3" Colt Defender was the same way but more pronounced in the requirement to hold it high. So essentially, the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger were pressing high against the beavertail.

    What is your experience with this type of grip? I noticed that this was the reason that I need to be aware of how I hold a Glock or Sig Sauer versus a 1911/XD grip.

    Your thoughts?
    I hope your doing that with every pistol you shoot. As has been mentioned, you'll have better trigger control and recoil control. The high grip and low bore axis is one of the things that make lightweight polymer guns like M&Ps & Glocks so easy to shoot, even in larger calibers.
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    See how the 1911 was just such a brilliant design?? Nothing to date has topped it. I dare to say none has equaled it.
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    Get the web of your hand as high up into the grip safety as possible.

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