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swrdply400mrelay
10-11-2010, 7:14 PM
Where I put my right thumb is naturally where the slide release is, so it prevents the slide from locking after the last round. I'm trying to grip my right thumb higher up on the gun for better control, and it does feel like I have a little more control. Any tips on preventing from hitting the slide release?





Also, should my left thumb be facing forward on on the polymer frame or up higher on the metal slide? I'm putting it lower, and pointing it forward on the polymer frame, however, sometimes the recoil causes my left thumb to slip off the gun, so it takes longer to re-aim.


TIA


Edit: I'm right handed shooting a Glock 19.

sequoia_nomad
10-11-2010, 7:18 PM
Whatever works best and feels right, I'd say. I've heard many conflicting words of advice, seems everyone is an expert on how they think is the right way. Sounds like you need to just keep your thumb down off that slide catch. As long as you are in control and hitting the mark, who cares?

stove pipe
10-11-2010, 7:25 PM
Here's a good article about Grip technique. It features probably the best Glock shooter on the planet, Dave Sevigny:
http://www.handgunsmag.com/tactics_training/combatg_100306/index.html

G-forceJunkie
10-11-2010, 7:30 PM
Get the web of you hand way up in the beavertail area with your thumb pointed up and forward and slightly outward. You want to fully fill that gap with the web of you hand. Your support hand, cock it forward, place the heal of your hand and thumb on the left grip pannel, your thumb pointing forward, up and slightly out. Your strong hand thumb should be right over the base of your support thumb. Nothing should be touching the slide. Are you sure it your thumb holding the slid stop down? Limp wristing and weak ammo can do this as well.

swrdply400mrelay
10-11-2010, 7:39 PM
Thanks for some of the advice guys.

I'm sure I wasn't limp-wristing bc I thought that might be it, so I was sure to get a firm grip. I don't think it was the ammo either, since the last time I went to the range I used the same ammo. And I started having the problem the last time I went.

The only change I could think of this time was that I tried getting my right thumb higher for better recoil control.

I shot better groups this time around, so I figured getting the thumb higher on the gun gave me better control.

Turo
10-11-2010, 7:44 PM
Here's a good article about Grip technique. It features probably the best Glock shooter on the planet, Dave Sevigny:
http://www.handgunsmag.com/tactics_training/combatg_100306/index.html

My grip on Glocks is almost exactly the same as the guy in this picture. The only thing I do different is my right (or dominant hand) thumb is pointing up.

Something a few people have told me, is that your support hand should be about 75% of the gripping force on the gun/your other hand. It's helped my shot especially with bigger recoiling Glocks like the .40 S&W.

9mmepiphany
10-11-2010, 10:49 PM
here's what I use and teach...it puts your right thumb atop the base of your left thumb

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/DSC_2059.jpg

NiteQwill
10-12-2010, 12:44 AM
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GŁnter
10-12-2010, 12:58 AM
I thought OneSevenDeuce's GLOG article about pistol gripping was very informative and thorough, check it out:

http://glog-blog.com/2010/09/page/2/

swrdply400mrelay
10-12-2010, 3:00 AM
Thanks guys, I've seen the glog and Haley's video.


However, they don't answer my question of how to prevent your thumb from releasing the slide lock or how to keep the left thumb on the gun.


I mean the right thumb will naturally be over the slide release, do some of you guys just not wait for the slide to lock to change mags? Do you count your rounds as you fire then?

OneSevenDeuce
10-12-2010, 3:57 AM
I mean the right thumb will naturally be over the slide release, do some of you guys just not wait for the slide to lock to change mags? Do you count your rounds as you fire then?

Easily fixed. Move your right thumb slightly to the left. Rest it more on your support hand thumb than the side of the weapon.

railroader
10-12-2010, 7:37 AM
What kind of gun are you shooting? This makes a difference. On my cz 75 and my 1911s I shoot thumbs forward. When I had my XD if I shot the same way I would bump the slide stop. Mark

cineski
10-12-2010, 7:38 AM
+1 to type of gun?

gorenut
10-12-2010, 7:54 AM
Of all the guns I've shot, Sigs usually were more sensitive to this. The way I remedied it was just move the thumb of my dominant hand a little to the left as suggested earlier. It lays flat, pointing forward, while resting on the big joint of my support thumb. As one instructor once told me, "dog doing dog" position (your dominant thumb literally looks like its doing your support thumb "doggy style")

BostonFan
10-12-2010, 8:02 AM
here's what I use and teach...it puts your right thumb atop the base of your left thumb

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/DSC_2059.jpg
this is how I learned to grip. Thumb is nowhere near the mag release

sd_shooter
10-12-2010, 8:06 AM
this is how I learned to grip. Thumb is nowhere near the mag release

Yeah, but no one's talking about the mag release - the thumb looks like it's right on the slide release.

9mmepiphany
10-12-2010, 7:23 PM
Yeah, but no one's talking about the mag release - the thumb looks like it's right on the slide release.

it's not. the left thumb is ahead of the slide stop and the right thumb is atop the base of the left thumb. here's what it looks like on a Sig 220ST...the right thumb doesn't even touch the side of the gun

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/15-clearsliderelease.jpg