Ummm...should my support hand thumb be touching the frame?


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default
October 26, 2007, 01:01 AM
Mind-blowing revelation, a mistake, or just personal preference?

I had thought that I had developed a reasonably effective grip technique, but upon reflection, and having watched a few Todd Jarrett and Bruce Gray clips online, I am wondering something. When using a modern two-handed grip on an autoloader, should the thumb of one's support hand (for the right-handed, one's left thumb) actually be touching the frame of the pistol, or just be pointed at the target? I've been doing it the latter way, but now I wonder if maybe my technique needs a revision?

On the one hand (so to speak), not making contact with frame with the support-hand thumb, as I have been doing, feels more comfortable, and reduces the chances of that thumb pushing the pistol off target. On the other hand, using that thumb to contact the pistol frame could mean more overall contact between the hands and the gun, and thus perhaps more control.

Have I overlooked something incredibly obvious, or am I off track here, and best advised to do it the way I have been for a while? Thanks for any insights!

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gdvan01
October 26, 2007, 01:07 AM
If what you are doing works then stick with it. Personally, my (left) thumb rests, but does not put pressure against, the frame/slide. Sometimes it points forward, sometimes more upward.

tbtrout
October 26, 2007, 08:57 AM
Try it an see if it works for you. I found it to be uncomfortable to shoot that way. My non shooting hand thumb rests on top of my shootinghand thumb and it works for me. There is nothing wrong with trying new techniques.

Storm
October 26, 2007, 11:26 AM
Agreed on trying different ways. The demonstrated grips to me are just starting points from which one can modify them to the best possible variant for themselves. I've even found that my grip varies in small ways from gun to gun.

default
October 26, 2007, 11:36 AM
Thanks for the replies. I will try out the "new" technique, but I was mainly concerned with seeing if I had overlooked something so obvious and fundamental that it doesn't even get mentioned much, and it looks like that is not the case. Thanks again!

JDGray
October 26, 2007, 12:58 PM
I like resting it against the frame, but what works for me, may not work for you:)

Chipperman
October 26, 2007, 01:05 PM
I concur with the above:

1.Grips will vary from gun to gun.
2.Do what works well for you.
3. Resting the thumb is fine (and my preferred method), but don't PUSH with the thumb

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