The "Tea Cup" Method of Holding a Pistol

The "Tea Cup" Method of Holding a Pistol

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    The "Tea Cup" Method of Holding a Pistol

    I've seen a lot of guys with Army and ROTC experience do this at the range.

    Is that where it came from?

    Why do people do it? Why was it taught at one point?

    I know it is not an optimal method of holding a pistol but I'd like to be able to explain it to others.


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    I have no idea how they control recoil with such a grip. It's such a Hollywood thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    I have no idea how they control recoil with such a grip. It's such a Hollywood thing.


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    Every shooter I've noticed doing it has a much wider grouping when they do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsaber75 View Post
    Why do people do it? Why was it taught at one point?

    I know it is not an optimal method of holding a pistol but I'd like to be able to explain it to others.
    I'm not sure where it came from. I do know that the "push-pull" method with both hands yields far better control, overall, for me and others whom I've seen using the p-p method. Can't imagine it besting the "teacup" method, for accuracy, no matter where it came from.
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    It used to be taught this way years ago. The off hand was used as a support hand for the gun hand. It is a thing of the past.
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    They do it because it works. And, yes, it was taught to me by my ROTC Sgt, who was VERY good.

    Some people dont need it, at least with some guns. But if a guy is off, depending on what is off, the pinky out method can sometimes do wonders.

    I have a theory that this is why people are so surprisingly accurate with a Glock 26, and no extended, or extended grip mags.

    Quote Originally Posted by redsaber75 View Post
    I've seen a lot of guys with Army and ROTC experience do this at the range.

    Is that where it came from?

    Why do people do it? Why was it taught at one point?

    I know it is not an optimal method of holding a pistol but I'd like to be able to explain it to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    It is a thing of the past.
    And good riddance!

    No way could I shoot accurately that way. And I believe I am not alone.
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    Anyone here actually tried it? Might be good for long distance shooting.
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    they watched "24" way too much..........

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    I use it for shooting revolvers. It works great for hunting with a long barrel revolver.
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    Here's how I explained it to people. Take a small can from your pantry and try to hold it out away from your body - see how long you can do this. Now use the push/pull method to hold the same can. Which way is easier for you and do you really think the saucer hold is doing much to support your gun?
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    The millitary youtube video that was posted on this forum a few days ago showed soldiers using the tea cup method. Must have been taught that way for years.
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    Unfortunately the Movies do this all the time. Check out Dirty Harry in the first installment and he used it. Last month my Nephew tried to use it at the range and I re-trained him to the proper 2 handed method and his groups tightened up alot, Good things work if applied properly.
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    The few times I've ever seen it used (in person) was for long range revolver shooting.
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