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    While At the Range (How to Grip a Glock Pistol)


    While at the range I noticed my friend shooting with both his hands wrapped around his grip.

    I do the same thing but use one finger on the trigger guard. He had a 2-3 in group at 7 yards.

    He was shooting a P226 .45. I was shooting my Glock 22 and I am usually OK with shooting a 6 inch group with a few fliers but if I can improve I with my grip I might as well.


    Is there something to Not using a finger on the trigger guard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tremors View Post
    While at the range I noticed my friend shooting with both his hands wrapped around his grip.
    I do the same thing but use one finger on the trigger guard. He had a 2-3 in group at 7 yards.
    He was shooting a P226 .45. I was shooting my Glock 22 and I am usually OK with shooting a 6 inch group with a few fliers but if I can improve I with my grip I might as well.
    Is there something to Not using a finger on the trigger guard?
    Yes, there is. At my gun club we teach an Action Range Certification class, where I have been one of the instructors for about a year. We teach the grip illustrated in the following photos, which I will try to explain here:

    1. Grip the pistol with the strong hand as shown in the first and second photos. Note that when your trigger finger is not going to be on the trigger to shoot, it should be held up on the frame or slide to prevent an accidental discharge. The strong hand creates a gap that you fill with the support hand (noted in the photo). It is important to get the strong hand as high on the back of the pistol's beavertail as you can, putting you in position to better manage recoil.

    2. Rotate the support hand forward slightly and fill the gap, shown in the third photo. The photo does not show much rotation on my support hand, but I hope you get the idea: rotate it a little to make it fit the gap. Both thumbs should be pointing forward, but providing no support. For right-handed Glock shooters, be sure to keep your right thumb below the ridge that sits beneath the slide stop lever so that you don't accidentally activate the slide stop or prevent it from activating when it should. The four fingers of the support hand wrap around the knuckles of the strong hand. We teach our students to keep their support hand index fingers off the front of the trigger guard, because if it touches the trigger guard it will inadvertently steer the gun. The support hand index finger is better used to provide more strength to the grip.

    3. The fourth photo shows the grip established with the finger on the trigger, ready to fire.

    4. The last photo shows that the hands fit together without gaps. This may vary depending on the amount of flesh on the shooter's hands, but if we see a gap there it is often a sign that the grip is "off" or that it has come undone when shooting, which is common with new shooters. Where I stand when I am teaching, behind and to the side of the shooter, I can see the gap clearly if it is there, and the shooter can easily see it as well. Sometimes we use a Sharpie to make a "witness mark" across the point where the base of the the thumbs are touching, to remind them to keep the grip together. (We are sure to ask for their permission before writing on their hands!)

    What you cannot see clearly in the photos is the position of the trigger finger: we teach students to pull straight back through the trigger "break" to the stop, using the pad in the middle of the distal phalanx of the trigger finger. I'm kind of proud of all that medical anatomy talk, I just looked it up! The point where we teach them to pull the trigger is in red in the attached drawing. We also teach them to release the trigger only as far as the reset, so that follow-up shots are quicker and there is less movement of the trigger finger.

    I am not, by any means, saying that this is the only way it should be done. I am saying that this is what we teach new pistol shooters, and we get good results with this grip.

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    re: While At the Range (How to Grip a Glock Pistol)

    You can put a finger on the trigger gurad but it really serves no usefull purpose. Work on your sight alignment to improve your groups. At 7 yards you should be able to keep the in the one inch neighborhood.

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    Good stuff here Chris. Thanks
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    That's the way I was taught to shoot "cohland" very nice photos to show proper grip...at seven yards your group should be within a few inches at most.....Sight alignment is most important and then trigger squeeze....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denny_M View Post
    Good stuff here Chris. Thanks
    You are most welcome!

    I feel I have to explain the length of that post (which just grew again). I have been making up some training materials for the Action Range Class, and a couple of days ago I looked on this forum to see if there was anything I could use concerning the grip. There is, or rather there was, but the video was deleted. The subject was fresh in my mind when the question came up from Tremors, so I was more than prepared to answer it. I am trying to control myself, but I have a tendency to use 200 words when 20 will do just fine. Please bear with me, I mean well.

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    Chris - please don't ever apologize for your very detailed and always informative post. It is highly appreciated around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLaw View Post
    Chris - please don't ever apologize for your very detailed and always informative post. It is highly appreciated around here.
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