How do you grip firearm in holster?

How do you grip firearm in holster?

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    How do you grip firearm in holster?

    I hope this is the correct location, and I know the photos aren't very good. I'm just curious how most people grip their firearm to remove it from the holster. I use what I call the "thumb-down" grip (first photo). However, I don't have a retention device (like on the Safariland ALS system), or an external safety to flip off. Are there people who use the "thumb-up" grip (second photo)?
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    Generally I do thumbs down but I have an OWB holster I have to go thumb up. It took me a while to get used to.

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    Definely thumb down, wrapped around the grip. The second grip pictured offers me too many opportunities to mess up.
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    Like the first one, thumb down. With the thumb up, you have much less control over the firearm, and assuming a "thumbs forward" grip as the standard these days, you're going to end up there anyway. If you're coming from a 1911 it may be tempting to sweep the imaginary thumb safety and start more like the second photo, but you've got to retrain yourself on a Sig or you'll end up riding the slide release. <----voice of experience.
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    I use the thumb down method. Index finger is along side the holster. With my N82 IWB holster, I have to give a slight twist so a thumbs up wouldn't work.

    With my LCP in my Desantis in my right pocket, things get more difficult. Practice, practice, practice until you can do it without thinking.
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    Always thumb down for me.
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    I'm a lefty, so it is more natural for me thumb down.
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    Thumb on the back of the hammer is for reholstering so you will know if the trigger has caught something and starts raising the hammer.
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    Depends on the gun. If I'm carrying a SAA, then it's thumbs up on the hammer, if it's a 1911, my thumb is in a more upwards position for the safety, and if it's a DA revolver or striker fired, it's thumbs down.
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    Like Glockman, If its a 1911, I have my thumb above the safety area, ready to sweep down. DA revolver, thumbs down or "full" grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notavictim View Post
    I use the thumb down method. Index finger is along side the holster. With my N82 IWB holster, I have to give a slight twist so a thumbs up wouldn't work....
    Actually, my N82 holster is one of the things that prompted this thread. I really liked the holster, but I wasn't able to get my thumb in between the holster and the grip. That lead me to try the "thumb-up" grip (thumb hooked on hammer) for a while. However, my instinctive grip is "thumb-down" and the holster ended up in the bottom of the bag.

    So you're able to get your thumb in between the holster and the grip?
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    Drawing, thumb down. First shot will be DA.
    Reholstering, thumb up (only with a hammer fired pistol, if hammer is down).
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    Down or on safety.

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