Good morning all! We had a fabulous time at the range this past weekend. It was crowded, sure, but that was because the Second Amendment Sisters were having their monthly Saturday shoot. I found myself lending Siguette to three different n00bs — two female first-timers and a male with his first gun — and proclaiming the superiority of Sigs to anyone who would listen. Sigs rule!
I also found myself trying to do what Shoothouse Barbie and Dr. Boyfriend did for me in about sixty seconds, i.e., fix their grips. All three were using a more-or-less teacup grip, which as y’all know imparts little stability during shooting. I didn’t really succeed with any of the three — perhaps I didn’t explain it right, or perhaps they need to think about it more — but my father was interested. He’s been using what he calls a “modified baseball grip” (I think it looks something like the last picture here) and was very interested in the high-thumbs grip (also known as forward-thumb). Unfortunately we didn’t figure this out until after we’d gotten home, but we played around with the blueguns and he’s planning on trying it out his next range trip.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term (or the grip), the high-thumbs grip has your strong-hand thumb about as high up on the gun as your shooting finger (when up out of the trigger guard).
The weak hand thumb aligns underneath and forward of the strong hand thumb, which nests your two palms together and allows you to cover practically the entire grip between your palms.
Everyone admire the lovely scratches on my hand. Damn shelter kitties!
It allows a greater degree of control and stability. It works.
Which means, it works for me. It may or may not be the best grip for you. The best grip is the one that you can fall into smoothly, accurately and consistently, which will put the bullets on target. In my case, it also means that I can shoot pretty accurately with most semiautomatic pistols; the grip is always the same, so it’s just a question of getting used to different sights and staying consistent with technique.
I proved this last weekend. The male shooter — a “Mike,” LOL — was firing a new Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm (not the compact, the full-sized) with a teacup grip. He mentioned that it was his first gun and so I immediately offered to let him shoot Siguette (because Sigs rule!!). He wasn’t putting the bullets on target, though, which was sad, and so I asked in my sweetest-most-pleasant manner if offering a tip on grips would be friendly-neighbor-ish, or if it would be rude-obnoxious-mind-your-own-business-in-which-case-I’ll-immediately-shut-up. He said that tips would be appreciated so I attempted to Shoothouse-Barbie his grip. (He had a little better luck.) Then, when he returned the gun-lending-favor by offering me his M&P, I shot mostly through the middle of his target and sent one through the red dot.
Was I showing off a bit? Yeah, probably. I’m horrible like this. But dammit, I proved the grip worked!
P.S. And he didn’t seem to mind the showing off. I returned the M&P with an exclamation of how ridiculously long the trigger pull was, and he shook his head in amazement and told me he’d never seen anyone pick up a gun and do that well on the first go-round. I told him what I’m telling you — the grip works! Thanks again, SB and Dr. Boyfriend 🙂