How do you hold your gun?

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    I started shooting with thumbs crossed, but quickly moved to the thumbs aligned grip. I actually became a fan of the Stressfire technique from Masaad Ayoob, but went back to more traditional thumbs aligned grip. Still use the "crush grip" method though because it does work under stress, at least for me.

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    Always shot with thumbs crossed but after I bought my Kimber 1911 I decided to see what the big to-do was over the thumbs aligned method: I've got to say that I was thoroughly impressed. My shooting improved markedly. It felt quite awkward at first but that went away very fast.
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    Line em up. Since I only shoot pistols now!
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    Thumbs lined up, is how I was taught.

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    The 4 point contact grip is really the only grip that I'll use and teach with automatic pistols. If your not using this method then I suggest using it and getting to know it above all other grips.

    Todd Jarrett explains this method much better than I can so here he is.

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    I used to shoot with crossed thumbs. Several years ago I tried the thumbs lined up. Although, my grip is higher on the tang than the photo. I find that I gain better control and faster follow up shots this way. My thumbs are long, so I have to curl my shooting hand thumb up slightly to avoid contact w/ the slide stop lever.
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    Arrow The Perfect Grip

    It took over a decade for this grip to catch on. Note that you need to wrap your off hand ALL the way around the front of the gun and FULLY roll the wrist over as far as it will go.

    KA GLOCK GRIP.jpg

    Photo taken from the FIST-FIRE Book Copyright 2002 Tactical Shooting Academy.

    FIST-FIRE Instructor Paul Sharp shown with Glock 21 with FULL POWER .45 ACP load. Notice empty case just leaving the ejection port showing that gun is in FULL RECOIL:

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    Photo taken from the FIST-FIRE Book Copyright 2002 Tactical Shooting Academy.

    Thumbnail show's Barb's grip also taken from the book.
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    This video clip shows the Grip, Index, Stance and Presentation:



    Clip taken from the FIST-FIRE DVD’s filmed 5 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill MO View Post
    If I'm shooting 2 handed it is thumbs lined up
    This, though I practice one handed. Both strong and weak hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    Thumbs forward....auto loader

    Thumbs crossed with my revolvers.....
    Same here. The poll questions were a bit too general.

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    Pistol-high hands thumbs forward.
    Revolver-thumbs crossed.

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    I was taught to line thumbs up.

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    Thumbs aligned left under right. For some reason I can't seem to get anyone to do this when I teach them to shoot.
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    Thumbs aligned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRM View Post
    It took over a decade for this grip to catch on. Note that you need to wrap your off hand ALL the way around the front of the gun and FULLY roll the wrist over as far as it will go.

    KA GLOCK GRIP.jpg

    Photo taken from the FIST-FIRE Book Copyright 2002 Tactical Shooting Academy.


    FIST-FIRE Instructor Paul Sharp shown with Glock 21 with FULL POWER .45 ACP load. Notice empty case just leaving the ejection port showing that gun is in FULL RECOIL:

    Paul G21.jpg

    Photo taken from the FIST-FIRE Book Copyright 2002 Tactical Shooting Academy.

    Thumbnail show's Barb's grip also taken from the book.
    I assume when you say "fully roll the wrist over as far as it will go" we are talking about rolling it so that the off hand palm is as close to the firearm as possible ( that would be a clockwise roll of the wrist) while the fingers are wrapped all the way around the front of the firearm ending up over the strong hand holding the grip. I assume from the pix that both thumbs end up pointing in the same direction as the firearm and the offhand thumb is an extension of the offhand forearm.

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