Are you, or have you ever been, a hooker?


July 23, 2008, 09:47 PM
Hooker" in this case meaning one who hooks his/her off hand trigger finger around the trigger guard for added push/pull steadiness when firing a pistol.

I'm a hooker, and proud of it. I know it's not in vogue anymore, but it works for me, so I use it.

Any other hookers here?

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July 23, 2008, 10:16 PM
tried it for awhile because it "looked cool", but gave it up was i found it gave me a less secure grip on my gun

July 23, 2008, 11:02 PM
I do with my PM9 b/c its so small.
I dont think Ive every done it with my XD9, the double stack grip gives me plenty to hold on to.

July 23, 2008, 11:12 PM
A bad habit that I never developed due to the fact that I shoot revolvers more often than semi-autos.

July 23, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have tried both ways and they both work for me just fine as long as you don't tork your finger. Sort of helps steady the weapon for me.

July 24, 2008, 12:53 AM
Only when I need the

July 24, 2008, 12:55 AM
Reformed hooker.

July 24, 2008, 02:46 AM
When I first switched from revolvers to autos, the shape and texture on front of the GLOCK trigger guard was way too inviting for me not to try it. Though I soon learned better, so it didn't last long.

July 24, 2008, 03:16 AM
I was a hooker but I kinda taught myself out of the habit.
(I hope my mom doesnt read that)

I had no idea how to properly hold a gun back then so hooking was something that felt natural with my CZ 122 sport. Cant tell if it did anything with accuracy because I was a lowsy shooter then (maybe still :))

Odd Job
July 24, 2008, 03:18 AM
CP1 owner.
No hooking allowed (unless you never want to come off safety)

The Lone Haranguer
July 24, 2008, 03:34 AM
I inhaled but didn't like it. :D IMO it actually weakens the grip of your support hand around the fingers of your shooting hand.

July 24, 2008, 04:18 AM
I hook on my contender but only because if I take a normal 2 handed grip my fingers get pinched during recoil , I think they sorted this on the G2 and the Encore by giving more space between the grip and the trigger guard .
It sucks but you get used to it .:)

Canuc Shooter
July 24, 2008, 05:17 AM
Do it on my contender as well, but that's where it ends.

July 24, 2008, 07:30 AM
Never was a hooker and not planning on it.

July 24, 2008, 08:52 AM
I am.

July 24, 2008, 09:26 AM
When I first started shooting a lot of years back my Steyr GB had a great trigger guard for hooking, so I hooked. Early on I spent a camping/shooting weekend with a bunch of folks, two of whom were former Green Berets. They taught me how to really shoot. They had my finger down off that trigger guard in a heartbeat, and it hasn't been back since. Every time it went back up it was "down and give me twenty" :)

For me the finger on the trigger guard can pull shots and also degraded the vertical placement rather than improved it.

Mad Magyar
July 24, 2008, 09:31 AM
Depends on the pistol (sq.guard or not) and if I'm just plinking. It certainly was in vogue (see Armand Swenson's custom guns) and some of the top pistoleros recommended it. IIRC, Mickey Fowler was one top-gun who used this method very successfully. Now-a-days, my regimen doesn't include that grip....:)

July 24, 2008, 10:05 AM
Tried it, quit it. :uhoh:

July 24, 2008, 10:30 AM
I never found it comfortable, so I never developed the habit.


July 24, 2008, 11:06 AM
dang, and i came into the thread looking for pics. :(

never hooked because my hands aren't big enough. the only two people i've seen hook were people who consistently shot left of center.

July 24, 2008, 11:39 AM
Yeah, but I was young and needed the money.:p

July 24, 2008, 03:33 PM
I reformed my hooking ways after my first USPSA match.

July 24, 2008, 04:28 PM
I admit, I had to look at this thread just from the title, knowing it would be nothing about the 'hookers' that I get to deal with, but no, was never taught to do it that way.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

PS, I was the first prosecutor in the state of Illinois to file Felony Prostitution charges when the law changed making it a felony. - - - The Defendants were both guys in drag. :barf:

July 24, 2008, 04:30 PM
Tried it. Uncomfortable.


July 24, 2008, 04:41 PM
Never been a hooker, but I'm a Pimp 24/7.

To the actual question, when I first got my Blackhawk in .30carbine I hooked the trigger guard, it just seemed to happen naturally.
Nothing bad happened, but I've since read that's a bad idea so I'm working on my grip.

July 24, 2008, 05:53 PM
I've tried that method, but it did not work well for me. I don't have any problem with other people doing it, however.

July 24, 2008, 09:45 PM
Yes I am. I shoot both Autos and wheel guns this way. I know some folks say you shouldn't hook with revolvers but I have never had any troubles. I find it gives me better control and aim.

July 24, 2008, 10:12 PM

I used to long ago but then when I started taking shooting classes and my first instructor broke me of that habit. My feeling is that if it works for you then I say go for it, however I noticed a drastic improvement in accuracy when I stopped doing it. Now I just find it uncomfortable and I feel like I have less control over recoil when I try it.

July 24, 2008, 10:44 PM
Well if a balanced grip with the fingers matching each other in position is out of vogue I guess it's all over for me. I was taught that way 33 years ago at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center along with the Weaver stance. Balance is the most important aspect of survival in tactical shooting. I shoot the Beretta 96 that way, both strong and weak hand as well as any of the other 9 types of .40 S&W I own. So far I shoot possible and found that when faced with the choice to shoot or not in a real world confrontation, I went automatically as I trained. We are all reduced to our level of training under the reality of true stress. Fun thread though, shoot at the range the most procuctive way you want.

July 24, 2008, 11:45 PM
No, I know how to grip a gun properly.

July 25, 2008, 12:02 AM
Used to, when I first started shooting in '86, but learned better after getting formal training.

If it works for you and your finger doesn't get pulled off the front of the triggerguard during recoil, then more power to ya!

I don't believe there's necessarily only "one true way" to do anything.

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