Learning how to properly grip your handgun is the best way to improve your accuracy while keeping yourself safe when firing in practice, competition and high-stress situations. The proper handgun grip will reduce the possibility of accidents including misfires and losing control of your weapon while training your body to begin to naturally react using the right muscles in the right way. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips that we feel will help improve your handgun grip for improved accuracy and optimal handgun safety.
· Grip for Recoil – Pistols recoil in an up and down motion, but many people place most of their grip on the left and right sides of the pistol grip. While it is important to have a firm grip on the sides of the pistol grip, the best way to control recoil is to brace along the backside of the pistol grip. The palm of your firing hand should be placed as high on the backside of the pistol grip as possible and the fingers of that hand should grip tightly to the front of the pistol grip.
· Support Hand Grip – While both hands should grip tightly, the support hand should be the dominant hand when it comes to tightness. The tightness of the firing hand should be adjusted according to how that hand moves when pulling the trigger. With the support hand controlling the majority of the recoil, you will be free to adjust your firing hand more freely.
· Left and Right Side Grip – As we mentioned before, the left and right sides of a pistol grip is usually where in-experienced shooters apply the most pressure. Both hands should be adjusted according to how bullets are hitting the targets – if shots pull left, try gripping tighter with the left hand, and if shots are pulling to the right, consider increasing pressure on your right hand – or slightly reducing pressure with your left hand (this should be used as a general rule of thumb and adjustments will be specific to your grip technique).
· Lock it Up – An important aspect of controlling recoil and improving accuracy is to keep your elbows and wrists in a locked position. This doesn’t mean your elbows are fully extended, but that the muscles are evenly bracing for the impending recoil. Practice returning your upper body to the original firing position immediately after each pull of the trigger. Over time, this will tighten groupings and allow you more control over you weapon before, during and after each shot.