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Old May 10, 2016, 10:25 PM   #1
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Support hand in two-hand handgun grip

I saw a YouTube video where the instructor said, in a two-hand handgun grip, the support hand should apply 60% of the pressure. I had always used more pressure in my strong hand, naturally I presume because I also practice one-handed.

I tried this and I like it. I especially like using my support hand to raise the gun from a lowered postion to a shooting position. Then it seems all I have to do with my strong hand is use my trigger finger. Of course, the proof is in the pudding.

Anyone else do this? How does it work for you?
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Old May 11, 2016, 08:33 AM   #2
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Anyone else do this? How does it work for you?
Everyone who can shoot fast and accurate seems to use this technique.
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Old May 11, 2016, 12:02 PM   #3
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Don't over think the whole thing. Use whatever technique works for you. The idea is to steady the pistol and control the recoil.
And remember that anybody can post a YouTube video. It's not the best place to get training.
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Old May 11, 2016, 12:18 PM   #4
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That's basically the technique I use, but I've been told that the support hand should provide 70% of the grip. I know no way to calibrate that, so it's likely a guide rather than a measurement.
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Old May 11, 2016, 02:33 PM   #5
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I use 100 percent pressure in both hands...because some pistol instructors say that's what a pistol shooter will resort too, when he's faced with --- must use a pistol in a dire situation. My firmest pressure is my firing hand middle finger on the pistol grip, which seems to contribute to better accuracy.
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Old May 11, 2016, 03:47 PM   #6
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I actually don't like to get too technical when it comes to shooting. Saying "slightly more pressure with the support hand" would suit me fine. Or moreover, "lift and point with your left hand, fire with your right".

I have only done dry fire practice with this techique so far, but it sure feels good.
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Old July 16, 2016, 10:40 AM   #7
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Here are a couple of videos that might help someone else.

check out at about the 9 minute mark of this video wow
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Old July 16, 2016, 04:05 PM   #8
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Would I want to get into a handgun battle with Jerry Miculek? Uh, no. If for some reason I ever did, please notify my next of kin.

Thank goodness he is a good guy with a gun.

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Old July 18, 2016, 08:30 AM   #9
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The firmer you grip the handgun with your shooting hand, the more the sight alignment will be disturbed by moving the trigger finger.

Take the gun in your shooting hand. Grip it as hard as you can. You'll notice the gun starts to shake. As you release the grip the shaken slows down and eventually stops. At that point, the trigger can be pressed with the less likelihood of disturbing the sights.

Now take the gun, with a moderate grip with the shooting hand, grip it hard with the support hand. You'll notice the trigger finger has freedom of movement without disturbing the sights.
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Old July 18, 2016, 09:58 AM   #10
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^^^^^^^^^^^ this this this

It took me a long time to make this s habit. Once I did my shooting improved greatly.
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Old July 19, 2016, 06:59 PM   #11
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I use this technique and it works very well for me. A mistake I made when I was a newer shooter was applying too much pressure with my shooting hand. This caused my trigger pull to become jerky and inconsistent, though at the time I didn't know what was causing it. Now I apply most of the pressure with my support hand, and try to keep my shooting hand as relaxed as possible. This greatly increased my trigger pull consistency, and at the same time still manage recoil.
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