How do you grip your pistol?

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    How do you grip your pistol?

    Hi all,I have a question for all you expert pistoleros.When you take a firing grip on a handgun, how do you place your thumbs?What I mean to say is ,do you lay your weak hand thumb over the top of your strong hand thumb forming a X?Or do you lay your strong hand thumb on top of your weak hand thumb so they both more or less run parallel?
    I know this may be a stupid question ,and the reason I ask is that I always formed a X with my thumbs. Lately though I have been trying to retrain myself to lay them parellel because I thought it looked to be better form.What are your thoughts?And thanks for giving me your attention.
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    my thumbs are always parellel. Don't think about form it just seems to be more comfortable

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    my thumbs are parallel and pointed down the frame pointing down range.

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    I still use the old revolver grip, on both semi's and wheel guns thumbs locked down

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    thumbs parallel pointing same as barrel

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    For a long time I was crossed thumbs on everything, but on the XDs I've gotten to the point I can comfortably let my thumbs lay parallel. Since that's what I shoot most of the time any more in a handgun, the grip has managed to start appearing on pretty much everything. I find I have to cross thumbs on revolvers firing anything with significant recoil however (like the .44 Mag). So in short I don't really cross thumbs very often any more.

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    I still use the old revolver grip, on both semi's and wheel guns thumbs locked down
    same here

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    Yep - ''old school'' here!!

    I teethed on revos way back and used crossed thumbs and still do - which includes my semi's. I do notice tho that automatically my right thumb points a bit down and the end joint is slightly bent - that then means the left thumb sits very well over it and gives good lock-up.

    This method keeps both thumbs well below the slide line. I'll try and take a pic with self timer later.

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    Ok - quick pic's - focus not ideal but shows what I was describing - first is SIG then SP - not much difference it seems. Can do fine with parallel thumbs but this old habit is well entrenched!







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    I guess i am a freak, i use both methods. It just depends on what i am shooting.

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    Mine are parallel. One one the thumb safety the other on the slide stop.
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    I use the "IPSC" hold....I picked it up late in life though: when I was at FLETC; the instructors drummed that grip into our heads.
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    Both. It depends on what I am shooting.

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    thumbs are paralell , bottom thumb is close to on top of a 1911 safety oO( hey its muscle memory lol )

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    P95Carry,Thanks for taking the time to post those pics!Your thumbs are positioned exactly the way I am used to holding mine also.I also shoot large bore revolvers, and I have not tried shooting my 4" 629 since I changed my grip.Maybe I am createing unanticipated problems by changing my grip.
    srfl,what exactly is the ISPC hold that was drummed into you at the FLETC?Is it parallel thumbs or crossed?

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