No-Nonsense Insight Into Competitive Shooting: Grip

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Hello everyone! Now that we have what we need in order to compete at the most basic of levels, now we can really start to focus on the fundamentals of shooting.

In the end, our goal is to become a top shooter and maybe even take home some number 1 finishes. Who doesn’t want that?

Some of the top competitors in the sport today don’t win simply by the gear or sponsorship they have, but by applying the basic fundamentals of shooting (and, of course, practicing hours upon hours). Over the next 3 weeks we are going to look at the basic foundation that EVERY shooter trains on to become great. It's three simple words; Grip, Sights, Trigger.

This is the guide I live by day in and day out and once you master these three basic principles, you will see yourself not only becoming a better competitive shooter, but a better all-around shooter.

Grip is probably one of the most important principles when it comes to shooting handguns.

Your grip impacts everything, and it's actually quite simple to get the right grip. The hard part becomes applying the right pressure with both hands and lining everything up perfectly.

When it comes to beginner shooters I tell them, “I want you to grip the pistol as tight as you can." I see their sights shaking from the excessive tightness. After that, I tell them to let off just enough so their front sight doesn’t shake anymore. That tightness is what you actually want.

Your support hand should have more pressure than your shooting hand. This is because whenever you go to pull the trigger with your dominate hand, it naturally wants to turn toward your support side. So to counter that, keep a little bit more pressure with you support hand.

This video is a good example of the correct grip you should have (Make sure annotations are on!)

As long as you maintain this grip you are on the right path.

Steer clear of pretty much anything you see from the movies. I would honestly say that 95% of movies that involve any type of small-arms shooting the shooter has the wrong grip. The best way to test if you have a good grip is little 7 o’clock or 2 o’clock movement when you dry fire. (If you are having a hard time with 12 or 6 o’clock movement, it has a lot to do with your trigger, which we will get into in a later blog).

Lastly, when it comes to your grip, consistency is key. When starting off you really want to “crush your grip” in the sense that you want an overall tightness in your hands, but also in your wrists.

If you constantly have weak wrists, you will notice:

1. It’s harder to get onto your follow up shots
2. Your group will be all over the place.

Below is what your recoil management should look like. Even though the gun has fired it’s almost as if there is no recoil at all.


Join me next week as we take a look into Sights for competing.

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

Do you have additional tips? Let us know.