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Problem with gripping my Glock

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JohnnyCal55, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. JohnnyCal55

    JohnnyCal55 Well-Known Member

    Today i was at the range, shooting my Glock 35. After about 30 rounds downrange, I began to notice that my left hand, at the base of my thumb, was hitting the magazine release every shot. I shoot right handed, so I believe that I may have an issue with the way my left hand is situated. I didn't hit the release hard enough to cause the magazine to detach, but I could see problems with this in the future. My accuracy was not terrible and I felt that I had complete control over the pistol.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? I believe that I am wrapping my left-weak hand incorrectly around the grip of the firearm.

  2. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    When I shoot glocks, I use a more exaggerated version of the "thumbs forward" grip. Try situating your left hand so that your left thumb is pointed parallel to the barrel of the gun. I find that this increases recoil management ability to a large degree, and accuracy is also benefited. That's the attractiveness of the glock grip angle.

    I think it will be helpful for you to try this. I don't shoot glocks often at all, but I can stack shots on top of one another using that technique.
  3. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    It does sound like you are gripping too low on the gripframe with your left hand. Try the hand placement in Bovice's post, it is the grip I use on all my pistols
  4. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

  5. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    Take a basic handgun class.
  6. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    I think this was a very helpful video. I did have a problem with the extended slide release on my G34 with my right hand thumb. But now that i'm conscious of the problem I keep my right thumb away from the slide a little bit.

  7. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    Even better, replace that slide lock with the standard one. I can't see how the average person needs an extended release on a Glock. If it takes effort to keep from hitting it, it's too big. If you need to consciously keep your right thumb OFF the pistol, completely, it's way too big!

    I have a gun that won't cycle if I touch the slide, and it's perfectly fine for what it is. A $125 pocket .22 purchased on a whim. I wouldn't tolerate this kind of nonsense on a Glock.

    OP: you can put your left thumb way high on a Glock. I don't recommend it, especially, but I shoot with both thumbs on the side of the slide when shooting all my pistols (aside from the aforementioned .22). I don't recommend it, because it'll jam up some guns. I just sell those. This won't jam a Glock.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  8. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Here's my Glock grip. Left (support) thumb is resting on the frame and right (shooting) thumb is away from the slide/lock and resting on top of the base of left thumb. Palm cheek of left (support) hand is in full contact with the pistol grip.


    Left thumb resting on the frame (but away from the slide). If the support hand's palm cheek makes full contact with the pistol grip, it will push the shooting hand's palm "V" to ride higher on the grip. Note my shooting hand's thumb is stacked right on top of support hand's thumb.

  9. DougW

    DougW Well-Known Member

    Try raising both thumbs a little bit higher. Keep the left thumb in contact wuth the frame, but move up a little bit. It might help.
  10. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Well-Known Member

    I interlock my thumbs....left thumb over top, thumb nail directly over top of the right one. You have your left hand farther forward than I do, but it looks like your hands may be larger than mine.
  11. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    If you place your left thumb over your right thumb, you are compromising the contact of your left hand on the frame.

    This can cause your shots to go high left (heeling) and will slow your recovery between shots as the muzzle flip will tend toward the left rather than straight up and back
  12. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Well-Known Member

    I'll have to check that this weekend....never noticed it before....
  13. theQman23

    theQman23 Well-Known Member

    I like what bovis and bds said about getting both thumbs forward, but if you take your left hand and cant it so aggressively that your left thumb is actually FORWARD of the slide release on the side of the frame, you'll find that you mitigate recoil much much more and follow up shots, especially with the 9's not so much the 40's, are way faster. Pull some videos up of Sevigny, (proper spelling?) that's how he holds his glock frames as well, and I don't know anyone doing any better with a glock that he does.
  14. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Well-Known Member

    I pretty much shoot mine just like BDS. It's comfortable, and I'm seeing constant improvement in speed-back-on-target (my terminology, don't know about anyone else's) every time I'm at the range. I just got my Glock, but this concept works pretty much the same as my 9mm Astra.

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