Gun Training: Gripping the Handguns

Gun training, while growing more and more popular, has many chapters of learning. One such chapter regards the proper way of gripping a handgun. Although this technique is trained in detail by the ever-popular firearms training institute Front Sight, below is a quick overview on how to properly grip a handgun. (Disclaimer: These instructions are for example only and should not be used in replacement of actual firearms training or gun training. This is not a gun training document, and it is not intended as a substitute of an actual training course.)

The first thing to remember, is to ensure the handgun is not loaded. In order for a person to shoot a handgun, or any other type of firearm, appropriately and accurately, he must be able to hold the handgun correctly. Correct positioning includes gripping the handgun so that the firearm points naturally, yet holding tight enough to ensure minimal movement when the firearm recoils, or springs backward after being fired.

The first step in gripping a handgun appropriately is to pick up the firearm with the non-shooting hand. Then with the shooting hand, the shooter would spread his index finger and thumb apart to form a “v” pattern. With the non-shooting hand, the shooter will place the gun in his shooting hand ensuring the “v” formed by the shooting hand is high on the pistol’s rear metal portion. If the shooters hand begins to shake, he shouldn’t worry. Some shaking is normal and will go away with more practice from the shooter.

The next step to learn is how to position the trigger finger. The index finger must touch the trigger with the first pad or joint of the finger. He must ensure when doing this that no part of the trigger or frame is touched. When the shooter pulls, not jerks, the trigger, the shooter must ensure the direction of the pull is to the rear of the firearm.

All handguns are gripped similar to the above steps, however, for the double action revolver the thumb is placed a little differently. In this case, the thumb would be locked tightly down instead of being placed alongside the frame. This step maximizes control of the trigger pull and prevents the firearm from moving in the hand during the recoil of the gun.

With increased handgun training and practice, any shooter can become a crack shot, but only if he practices the proper steps as mentioned above.


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