On a semi-auto, does anybody put their off-hand finger over the trigger guard?

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    On a semi-auto, does anybody put their off-hand finger over the trigger guard?

    I probably need to explain that a bit. The Sig P226/9s, the Hk P30s still have that 'hooked' trigger guard profile. It allows the index finger of the off-hand to be wrapped around the front of the trigger guard.

    I guess I was under the impression that everybody used the 'I' stance or Weaver grip and nobody uses the front of the trigger guard anymore. Yet, we still see the hooked trigger guard on brand new pistols.

    Do you suppose more people use this grip than we realize?

    If you do, why do you use it, and how do you like it?

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    I use a modified weaver stance and typically have my index finger under the trigger guard with both thumbs pointing in line with the barrel. I have tried putting my index finger on the front of the trigger guard just to experiment with it and ran quite a few rounds down range in that manner and it was fine. I didn't notice any difference in accuracy, perceived recoil, or muzzle flip. I like having the option. Lets say your strong hand is injured, it might give you a little better control of the weapon. I try to practice some with various grip styles just in case I ever have to get creative due to injury.
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    Agree with bugdude. I don't shoot that way, but I like the option it allows.
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    My finger won't reach without a concerned effort that throws my grip off substantually. I have no use for the squared trigger guards.
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    I have 4 pistols with squared-off trigger guards. That was a fairly new trend in the late 80's, and my first gun so equipped was the Sig 220. I tried working with the support hand index finger out front, but it neither came naturally nor did it seem to appreciably improve my control of the gun - just as Bugdude experienced. It doesn't detract from the guns, though, and as Bugdude suggested it might become useful in certain circumstances.
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    I had no idea that was the reason for the trigger guard being made that way,I am now almost as smart as a 5th grader
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    I do. My cop buddies have been trying to break me of it, they say thats "old style". They usually shut up when I out shoot them on their own courses.
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    That hook is for a finger?

    All this time I thought it was for pistol whipping a perp and being able to do it without messing up the gun. Silly me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    That hook is for a finger?

    All this time I thought it was for pistol whipping a perp and being able to do it without messing up the gun. Silly me.

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    LOL - obviously a multi-functional/purpose feature!
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    Yep that's how I do it left index finger in front of the trigger guard pushing the pistol backwards into my right hand. Works great for my amt back up .45.

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    I use it in the fashion you describe when I am going long.

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    Only when the grip of the particular gun I'm shooting doesn't have enough grip length for both of my big ole' paws. Otherwise, no.
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    I've never actually tried it but if I can remember I'll try it next time I go to the range.

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    I tried it once with my Glock, but it didn't feel very natural. So, I haven't used it again.

    I use the grip described in post #2.
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    I have big hands. My off hand wraps my strong hand, thumbs aligned, my left fore finger around the trigger guard, push the front sight to the target.

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