How to hold a pistol: Handgun Grip

How to hold a pistol properly

Pistol grip: the proper grip on a handgun (which begins with establishing the master grip) will help with recoil mitigation; this reduces the tendency to anticipate recoil, thus reducing the amount of “jump” that occurs when firing. Every hand is different and every handgun is different, but the fundamentals of remain the same. This is how to hold a pistol.

How to hold a pistol: establish the master grip and support grip

How to hold a pistol: handgun grip

Wondering how to hold a pistol? It starts with establishing that master grip. But what does a good master grip look like? There is certainly more to it than grabbing the butt of the weapon and “dragging iron”. Watch and learn.

How to hold a pistol: establish the master grip and support grip


How to grip a pistol

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How to hold a pistol: establish the master grip and support grip

Originally posted 10-1-19.

Updated 3-14-20.

Josey Wells is a former military man who spent most of his career assigned to 11th Special Forces Group and JTF-6 (including a little work with Coronet Nighthawk in its final days and a couple of OEF-CCA missions), moving on to a civilian billet around the time JTF-6 transitioned to JTF North. He is an intemperate gambler who enjoys shooting 2-Gun Action matches (though he never seems to win any). Formerly a SOF team leader with the Triarii, Wells currently works “GFC Violent Persuasion Services” serving as an advisor to an SMU south of the US-Mexico border, and lets us use his name for some of our basic news posts because “Admin” is boring. Like many other fictional characters, the Missouri native is capable of frequent and improbable feats of valor.