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    This is a female Air Force officer's blog I visit from time to time.

    Captain Kj

    My question is, is the way she is holding her Beretta in the top of the page correct? I've never held a gun that way.

    Thoughts, ideas?
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    I'd say it's unusual hand position for an auto. I've seen that grip recommended, but specifically for both short grip snub-nosed and magnum revolvers (it gives you more to hold onto with a two-finger grip snubby, and helps control the recoil on a magnum).

    For Captain Kj, that grip probably prevents muzzle climb, but I'd be afraid of the slide catching her left thumb.

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    Sometimes it's necessary to resort to unconventional means. I had a rather unconventional hold for my M-16 standing qualifications. Besides--was this just a spur of the moment pose for the picture? It may have just been a hasty portrayal? I'll agree however, that I would never do that.

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    I had the honor of stopping an entire drill at one of my firearms class when I inadvertently held the gun like that. The issue is if you are a little off, the slide is going to hit your thumb and it is going to smart.
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    If you're talking about that left thumb over technique, that was an accepted method of shooting, especially for the Air Force when I was in the Army 30 years ago. I have no reason to think they'd change. The AF is NOT a ground combat ready force. As a rule, they weren't even issued sidearms, except for their internal police department. With very few exceptions, the AF was never a combat ready force. Great air support when we needed them however!

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    acceptable for some.. not for me. at least not on a semi auto. that slide WILL come back and get ya sometime
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    There is no good reason to shoot an auto like that. Captain KJ needs remedial pistol training.
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    I only had to get bit once to stop doing that. I couldn't find her Job on her site. Pilots get pistols, although she could be anything from a pilot to a chaplain or maybe he one in charge of the chow hall.
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    She's a analyst... it says so about halfway through the article. She probably could show us a thing or to about pencils and calculators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I only had to get bit once to stop doing that. I couldn't find her Job on her site. Pilots get pistols, although she could be anything from a pilot to a chaplain or maybe he one in charge of the chow hall.
    She is an analyst in the USAF and was deployed to Iraq last year where she carried the M9 Beretta. I'm thinking she might have just held the pistol like that for the pose, though.

    She's kinda cute

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    Ahhh. I must've skimmed past it. IIRC They qualify once a year and look at photos doing Bomb-damage assessments.
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    My brother keeps shooting that way, and every time I am at the range with him I try to correct it. Yeah, he may shoot pretty decently, but I don't think it's worth the risk of having the slide take a big divot out of your thumb. IMNSHO, one should try to avoid as many sudden 'ouchies' as possible when handling a loaded weapon.

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    To quote Mallory from Natural Born Killers...

    "Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad..."

    Nice to see she also had the obligatory, bought-at-the-bazaar-on-base-'cause-I-thought-it-looked-cool shoulder holster...

    They do an important job, and are utterly necessary to the war effort, but we don't call 'em REMFs for nothing...
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    When I was trying different ways of gripping my 4506 I tried that.Tore the crap out of my thumb. My test lasted for that one shot.

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    My mother always said, if you can't say something nice about someone.......

    So this Marine won't comment on the Air Force when it comes to tactical small arms proficiency.......


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