just bought my first handgun--a glock 19. I noticed there's what looks like a groove on the front of the triggerguard for the supporting hand's index finger. I feel more comfortable shooting this way and can see how this method might be helpful in controlling recoil (esp. in larger calibers) Am I holding it wrong? or is it just personal preference?:confused:
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May 18, 2008, 08:22 PM
I am not sure about how a Glock is built, don't have one, but based on my experience with other arms, such as the Smith and Wesson Russian models, these are built with spur triggerguards, so you can rest your inidex finger on them when you are not pulling the trigger.
Don't get too hung up on grip style. 30 years ago I was lectured by an instructor for placing my finger under the guard. You place it on the front, it's what the "pros" and "experts" were doing, and was the best and most accurate way to shoot. Now we have another "best and only way" to do it, and if I don't follow the current fad then I am just wrong.... again.
So we have many pistols with squared off/checkered triggerguards for the index finger, but we're told never to use it. And many will tell you not to use the slide release lever either. Following that logic I have decided that the manual safety is another relic, since many pistols don't have one, so I don't dare touch that either. And according to the Brady Campaign that trigger thingy is a hazard to children when it's pressed, so I'm pretty much out of action for now and looking for an alternate defensive weapon.
Which reminds me, does anyone have links to gel tests for slingshots? I am interested in penetration values for a .32 ball bearing at 320fps. :D
Time will pass and methods will change again, and not necessarily because it's better, but merely because it's different.
Go with what works for you, the end result is the only thing that matters.
But that's just my opinion.......
May 20, 2008, 12:32 PM
might i suggest youtube
May 20, 2008, 06:57 PM
1. Grip the gun comfortably with your dominant hand. Your hand should be as high on the grip as reasonable--which helps manage recoil.
2. Now look for grip area on the opposite side from your hand that is still exposed and not covered by your fingers. Try to place the heel of your off-hand to cover the exposed area.
3. Then wrap off-hand fingers around dominant fingers.
4. Thumbs should point toward the target in the same direction as the barrel.
The idea is to cover as much grip as possible for control. (This may sound familiar if you play golf, softball, or racquet sports.) Thumbs pointed properly can assist with natural point. Combined you'll have better sight-picture recovery after shot recoil.
It may not feel exactly right at first (ever change your golf grip?), but keep at it until it's 2nd nature.
Stick with one particluar handgun at first until it's comfortable and then try some different guns/grips and adjust as needed to feel that you have solid control of each handgun.
May 21, 2008, 12:45 AM
Yeah, that's fine. Just don't do that with six shooters!
May 21, 2008, 01:54 PM
www.guntalk.tv has good videos for beginning shooters.
May 21, 2008, 02:36 PM
Having rather small hands I discovered that I have 2 options for getting as much skin as possible onto the grip of a full-sized gun. (The demonstrator gun is a junky Airsoft I use for dry-fire exercises with a toddler running around).