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Good article. It's hard to explain something so complicated in so few words. Still find the concept of squeezing the life out of my 1911 a little weird, but hey, he's the expert no?
"In God we trust, as for the rest of you... keep your hands where I can see them" - Unknown
I also believe in using an extremely hard crush grip while shooting all semi-automatic handguns.
Ends the possibility of the dreaded "limp wrist", a very common malady.
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Mas Ayoob has been around for a very long time and has a lot of good advice; I take his advice on legal issues as gospel due to my own experience with the legalities of a shooting aftermath.
For actual shooting, I learned my craft from USPSA grandmasters like Ted Bonnet, Brian Enos & J. Michael Plaxco. The best book I ever read on shooting period besides Jeff Cooper's modern technique was Enos' Practical Shooting - beyond fundamentals.
That book deals with the mental aspect of shooting a handgun under stress. A must read for anyone who wants to learn about time management.....
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Thanks guys. I'm a new handgun owner, and I've been trying out different things to help my shooting. These tips are great.
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Great articles, I concur with a crush grip. As far as the hands, a thumbs forward grip is the far superior way to run a semi-auto.
Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.
Does anyone know when that article was written? I didn't see a date anywhere on that web page.
The only point I want to make is that the second article showing the Enos-Letham grip is A Combat Handgun Grip, not The Combat Handgun Grip. There are more ways than one to skin a cat, just like there are more ways than one to create a combat-effective grip on a semi-auto handgun.
Experiment..and also remember that all shooters benefit greatly by doing hand/finger exercises to improve grip strength.
Buy a Gripmaster. Search Ebay for one. They are available in Light Medium & Heavy. They are not expensive at all.
Ask yourself how you are going to be holding and shooting your defensive handgun when one or two BGs across the street are quickly closing that critical distance on you ~ one of them has a baseball bat and the other one has a tire iron and they are extremely hopped up and Hell-bent on crushing in your calvarium while you finally manage to clear your firearm out of your Not So Smart Carry.
How are you going to be gripping your self defensive pistol then?
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Good article, and I have "Backwoods Home Magazine" bookmarked...lot of good info in each issue.
I'll add, that I do use spring hand grips daily (good advice)...and my pistol grip is looser with my strong hand and much stronger with my over grip. I'm just sayin'...
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