How do you hold your gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    Neither. Thumbs curled, but not crossed. As I shoot thumb curled shooting one handed, similar to Ayoob's suggested method, one thing this does is that my strong hand grip never changes whether shooting one handed or two handed, auto or revolver. I don't like the pressure put on the strong thumb with thumbs crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzadik View Post
    I've noticed that since doing so, several times when I finish a magazine, the slide does not lock back.
    Evidently my thumb has enough pressure on the slide release for it to not lock back.
    Is this a common problem?
    I had this issue with my Springfield XD9sc, I started putting that thumb on my other thumb, so there's a little gap by the slide lock and I stopped having the issue. I was also having stovepipes sometimes on the last round because of it too. I think since it wasn't chambering a new round, it was coming forward too quick and catching the empty case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzadik View Post
    I've recently changed a lot of things about the way I shoot and have been trying to switch to a "thumbs aligned" grip.
    I've noticed that since doing so, several times when I finish a magazine, the slide does not lock back.
    Evidently my thumb has enough pressure on the slide release for it to not lock back.
    Is this a common problem?
    Thumbs crossed, for this reason. Want to keep my digits away from the controls and slide.
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    I am with Harryball on this one. To me there is no one grip that works for everything.

    Thumbs curled when shooting a revolver and straight when shooting an auto loader.
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    Thumbs crossed on revolvers, thumbs forward on semi-autos.

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    Is it necessary to note that y'all don't go thumbs aligned on a revolver? I've seen a lot of grievous injuries from a thumb in front of the cylinder. Maybe I'm confused, but does anybody actually go thumbs forward on a revolver. The end of my left thumb is too pretty to lose.

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    that really put me at a lost . i sat at my desk and tried to vision in my head how i grip my gun. funny thing is i do it without any thought, probably from years of burning ammo. and my granddad and dad were good teachers. ( thax) any how i got my gun went to my downstairs shop, took up shooting stance , and my thumbs were in line. good question to get us thinking.

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    Thumbs lined up for about the last 10 years. I didn't like it for the longest time but we were encouraged to shoot that way on SRT team. I finally got used to it. It was hard breaking an old habit (thumbs crossed) and it took some work to regain my accuracy. Some of the other guys took to it like a duck to water though.
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    Thumbs lined up.
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    Thumbs lined up... but crossed when using revolvers.

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    Thumbs aligned. I shoot half my rounds one-handed, though, on the assumption that there won't be enough leisurely time to adopt a comfortable two-handed grip. Nice if it works out that way, but I train against the probability that there's only going to be a second or two left.
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    Thumbs aligned. I reserve the laser beams for very rare occasions.
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    read this...

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    the grip i learned and have used since the 90's was the "stacked thumb" this grip you have more grip pressure on the dominant hand, say 60/40
    notice both thumbs are on the frame



    the new way, the high thumb higher grip = more leverage to control recoil and more balanced grip pressure and even less, 40/60
    this allows you to relax your dominant trigger hand
    notice back thumb wrapped over top my left hand

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