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Is a one handed or two handed hold more standard?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Hokkmike, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

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    I tend to shoot boths ways, but have NEVER received any formal training. When off hand shooting semi autos is a one handed or two handed hold considered to be the standard? (which?)
     
  2. Cougfan2

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    I don't know if you would call either "standard". To me a two hand hold is better for both stability and trigger control, but I practice both ways. You should also practice with your off hand.
     
  3. redneckrepairs

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    Off hand i only shoot single handed , the premise i practice off hand under is that my strong hand/arm are disabled or occupied with things more important ( such as a child in my arms) .
     
  4. zxcvbob

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    What's the best way to hold a semiauto pistol two-handed? If you cup your supporting hand under the butt, you might lose a finger or two if a round fires out-of-battery or a case head blows off (the magazine and hot gasses will be ejected out the bottom.) Not a problem with a revolver. (there, you want to make sure your support hand is not in line with the cylinder gap)
     
  5. Ghost Tracker

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    We all hope we can always have the opportunity to use both hands, all our brain, 20/20 vision, full daylight, cat-quick reflexes & Doug Koenig's shooting form when a Self-Defense situation presents itself. Sorry to tell ya', it's NOT gonna' be that way. Murphy WILL BE in attendance. We'll be surprised, shocked, confused, heart-pounding, mind-racing, tangled in our seatbelt, scared "witless", struggling to see, processing info, looking for cover, carrying precious cargo, while we twist our ankle. Practice shooting "skills" in ideal conditions with both hands & a trained, consistant grip. Practice "practical" shooting with one hand (both left & right) from every possible position & condition. Because you can't call time-out in a gunfight.
     
  6. Neophyte1

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    each is right

    I see each ?answer? as being right.:)

    Another played thought. Both Hands

    1. Strong hand shooter has damaged his strong hand
    2. Weak hand now in play
    3. Both hands shooting= focus
    4. Both hands on gun= harder for bad guy to take it away
    5. practicing different anomalies = better preparedness
     
  7. ADKWOODSMAN

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    Many IPSC courses stress, both hands, reload, strong hand. Both hands, reload, weak hand. The Bullseye shooters love it!
     
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    zxc, here's a quick video that may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa50-plo48

    Cup and saucer hold that you describe is less than optimal and inefficient. Two handed push pull with relaxed shoulders and back ("pong" if you do taijiquan). Lean into the weapon and allow the recoil to be your friend.

    No one can tell you what the fight will be like. Practice all configuration of shooting, holding a pistol, and running the gun, then do it moving, kneeling, on your back, on your belly, etc.:)

    Get to training, and then train some more.:)
     
  10. El Tejon

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    zxc, here's a quick video that may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa50-plo48

    Cup and saucer hold that you describe is less than optimal and inefficient. Two handed push pull with relaxed shoulders and back ("pong" if you do taijiquan). Lean into the weapon and allow the recoil to be your friend.

    No one can tell you what the fight will be like. Practice all configuration of shooting, holding a pistol, and running the gun, then do it moving, kneeling, on your back, on your belly, etc.:)

    Get to training, and then train some more.:)
     
  11. Bobo

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    Here’s the way I remember it (being an old timer)…

    Back in the dinosaur age when I was young, handguns were always shot one-handed. In fact if you held a handgun with two hands you were either a child, a woman, or a sissy.

    Over time the tide began to turn. Even “real men” began shooting with two hands. It seems that preserving their lives became more important than preserving their image. Not very “honorable” during battle or especially in a dual, but what the heck.

    Today, thanks to all those brave men that went before us and were willing to hear themselves being called “sissy”, and “a girl in pants”, and other nasty diatribes, we have now been liberated! We can now shoot to our full potential - two-handed (or one-handed if you’re a “real man”) - HALALUJAH!!!
     
  12. possum

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    optimal situation i use 2 hands, but i do train with weak hand and strong hand only alot not as much as i should but i do train on it, but 75% of my handgun shooting is 2 handed.
     
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    Shoot two handed (if possible) when your life depends on the outcome. Shoot one handed when you're involved in a shooting game (i.e., Bullseye).
     
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    When I was in Germany I used to go to a range that alot of ex-Polezi used to shoot at and those guys all shoot (at least in the 80's) one -handed and took great joy in making fun of my Kinder-stance. Guess when they teach their children to shoot they can't hold up weapon without both hands. I'm telling you those guys were merciless about it. They also argued you offer too much body surface shooting two-handed. They also said my AMT Hardballer looked like something the French would carry.All big and shiney. I would just smile and nod. Hard points to argue I suppose. But when that .45 went off they all flinched.
     
  15. plexreticle

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    Most people that train two handed for some reason shoot one handed when the SHTF.

    I think it has something to do with pissing your pants and running for cover.
     
  16. BridgeWalker

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    If you were supposed to use two hands, it would be called a handsgun. :D

    Seriously though, I pretty much only shoot pistol one handed. It is more comfortable for me. My bum shoulder doesn't like being extended much, so I grin and bear it off-hand, but on my strong side it's just more fun to not deal with shoulder problems.
     
  17. The Lone Haranguer

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    I don't know if there is really a "standard"

    Some competitions, e.g., bullseye target shooting, require one hand only. Unless you are specifically practicing this discipline, however, you should shoot with both hands whenever possible. In gun fighting you may not have both hands available, so at least some of your practice needs to be done with one, both the strong and the weak.
     
  18. Bobo

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    Hey, did you ever see any "cowboys" shoot two-handed? Only a frilly-shirt dandy would ever do that!!:D
     
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