Grip size as relates to accuracy and speed?


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EBRDude
September 21, 2007, 05:10 PM
I have a theory about grip size and how it relates to the ability to accurately point a pistol in a stressful situation. I have been through my states Police Academy, and spent several years with a local department. I always shot in the top 2% of the department. So, I would like to think I am OK with a pistol. Anyway, I initially got my Glock 20, and really did not like the grip length (from backstrap to trigger). But as I practiced with it, I noticed that I was able to naturally point the pistol from the Holster to fire position with more accuracy than I was able to with pistols that have smaller grips. I think it has to do with the fact that if, for example you tried to point something that has a round grip, there is no reference point to where the sights are pointing. But something that has a grip that is long length-wise, there is more "flat space" on the sides, therefore it tends to center itself with the slide and sights naturally pointing towards the target. I am aware that much of it is "Muscle Memory", so your results may vary.

Anyone else notice this? I train alot with whatever I carry so maybe I am splitting hairs, but I do notice it anyway.

For those who maybe don't get what I am saying, I will give a basic example.

If you had to grab a axe that has a round handle, and make a quick chop that was 100% accurate, you would need to first look at the ax head to judge the difference between your grip, and the direction of the ax head. If you had to grab an ax that has a handle that is flat on the sides with the direction of the ax head, then you are less likely to err in a situation that requires speed.

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Ghost Tracker
September 21, 2007, 05:32 PM
I "like" the feel of a flat mainspring housing on a 1911A1. But my split-times and my scores tell me that I "shoot" better with an arched mainspring housing installed. So, in truth, subjective "feel" loses-out to objective "reality". I HATE it when that happens!

Monkeybear
September 21, 2007, 05:33 PM
I would say shape rather than size. If it fits in your hand well it will point well, provided it was designed well. Problem is we all have different shaped hands.

Vern Humphrey
September 21, 2007, 05:38 PM
I think it has to do with the fact that if, for example you tried to point something that has a round grip, there is no reference point to where the sights are pointing. But something that has a grip that is long length-wise, there is more "flat space" on the sides, therefore it tends to center itself with the slide and sights naturally pointing towards the target.
One of the reasons shotguns are so much better in low light conditions is the hands are separated, and together with the butt, give you reference points as to where your gun is pointing.

So I'd say you're right on.

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