I am simply passing on an article written by one of the best shooters I've seen around our area and a master firearms instructor. The way he outlines his ideas with clear steps and crystal clear photos makes this process of learning the proper grip much easier than even watching a video. I can say from my own experience this vastly improves your speed, accuracy and how the gun presents perfectly on target even before full arm extension. And your recoil management graduates to a whole other level. Here is the information he posted on the georgiapacking.org site and forum. He has other videos and articles on the web under Claude Werner. I highly recommend. He is also a master shooter in several divisions of IDPA and a long list of credentials and accolades. He has an almost cyborg perfection to his draw stroke and shooting abilities for self defense. ENJOY the pass along. You have also seen Claude on NRA, Personal Defense Network and other publications and I believe he participates in the shot show every year in some manner. I follow his youtube channel and other activities from a learning standpoint.
HeadHunter said:I finally put my thoughts about gripping the pistol into an article.
Link to full article.The proper grip for any handgun should accomplish several objectives:
- Maximize our hand friction on the handgun. The way we prevent the handgun from moving around in our hand(s) is simply via friction. Therefore, the more hand surface we have in contact with the gun, the more friction we can achieve.
- Minimize the gun’s motion during recoil by stabilizing the supporting joints, principally the wrists, when the gun fires.
- Reduce the distance between the line of the handgun’s bore and our hands to the smallest amount possible. This diminishes the rotational torque generated by the handgun upon firing.
After establishing the appropriate grip, a series of index points can be used to feel when the grip has been properly achieved. Especially in defensive encounters, there is no time for visually checking whether the proper grip is in place. Having a set of index points allows a shooter to establish a proper firing grip in the holster and during the drawstroke, knowing by feel that the grip is as it should be.