Glockmeister Tech Tips - Proper Grip
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Each newsletter we will provide tips from our senior GLOCK armorers focusing on the performance and maintenance of GLOCK pistols.

Proper Grip

A common problem we encounter with new shooters is their grip. One surefire way to make a GLOCK (or any semi automatic pistol) fail is by using a poor or improper grip technique. This newsletter we will discuss proper grip technique and why a poor grip on your GLOCK can make it less reliable and prone to malfunctions.

As a recoil operated pistol, the GLOCK needs a firm foundation to successfully cycle the slide, extract the spent casing, and chamber a new round. This requires that the shooter have a firm positive grip on the pistol. If the pistol is allowed to excessively "flip" in the shooter's hand when fired, the possibility of having a malfunction is substantially increased. Allowing the pistol to excessively "flip" causes the slide to lose energy, which in turn, takes away from the energy needed to fully cycle the slide. This is often termed as "limp wristing". The most common type of malfunction experienced as a result of limp wristing is called a "stove pipe". A stove pipe happens when a extracted shell casing gets caught in an upright position (resembling a stove pipe) between the barrel and slide. This happens because the slide does not have enough energy to fully cycle. Instead of completing a full cycle and ejecting the extracted casing, the slide only completes a partial cycle and catches the extracted casing causing a stove pipe.

Before discussing proper grip technique we would like to touch on a couple of the most common improper grip techniques. The first is illustrated in the top picture below . As you can see, the shooters grip is far below the top of the backstrap. This type of grip will likely result in excessive muzzle flip. As a general rule for semi-auto pistols, the higher you can grip on the backstrap the better. This serves to reduce muzzle flip and provide a positive recoil foundation. The shooter in the bottom picture is using a grip known as "tea cupping". This grip is commonly used with revolvers but is not compatible with semi-auto pistols. Considering that only the shooters primary hand is supporting the bulk of the pistols recoil and the majority of the left side of the grip is unsupported, this grip technique is almost certain to cause issues.




The Basic Proper Grip Rules

There are many opinions on the proper grip of a semi-auto pistol. Most of the debate revolves around the placement of the thumbs on the pistols. However, there are 4 basic principles that every expert will agree on.

1. The shooter's primary hand should support and apply pressure to the front and backstrap of the grip. 

2. The shooter's support hand should apply pressure to the left and right sides of the grip.

3. The heel of the shooter's support hand should fill in the gap left by the primary hand on the left side of the grip.

4. The shooter should keep their wrists locked and grip the pistol with a firm and solid grip.




The shooters support hand arguably plays the most important part of the grip. It has been said that 60% of the grip should come from the support hand while the remaining 40% should be from the primary hand. It should also be noted that while a firm and solid grip is essential, a "death grip" on the pistol should be avoided. You are trying to control the pistol, not crush it. It should also be noted again that the higher you can grip on the backstrap the better. Using these principles gives the pistol a positive foundation to support cycling.

As far as thumb placement is concerned, there are many different schools of thought. Some prefer the thumbs forward technique (pointing your thumbs forward towards the target), while others prefer to hold their thumbs away from the pistol. This ultimately comes down to personal preference and the size of the shooters thumbs. The most important factor to consider with thumb placement is the controls of the pistol. You will want to place your thumbs in a position that does not interfere with the controls of the pistol. That being said, the majority of us at Glockmeister train with and recommend the thumbs forward technique.

Proper pistol grip is something that takes lots of practice to make perfect. Very slight modifications to your grip can have profound effects on your shooting. However, with practice and adherence to the basic proper grip rules you should have no problem finding a grip that works with your particular hand, pistol, and shooting style.

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Are you looking for a way to enhance the grip on your GLOCK? Check out our full selection of grips designed to help maximize your hold!

Talon

Granulate Grips

Talon granulate textured grips are a perfect fit for those seeking a more positive and aggressive grip texture on their GLOCK. Talon grips are one piece, wrap around grips that are precut to fit your GLOCK like a glove. Get a grip with Talon grips!

$17.99

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Grip Force

Beavertail Adapter

Grip Force beavertail adapters are designed to give shooters a more secure grip on their GLOCK. They effectively change the angle of hold and allow shooters to index their targets more efficiently while maintaining a high grip on the backstrap. These grips are a must for anyone who prefers a 1911 style grip angle. Available for all generations of GLOCK pistols.

$25

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Hogue

Handall Grip Sleeve

The Hogue HANDALL ® grip sleeves are scientifically designed with a special contoured shape that hugs the contours of your gun. This exclusive shape gives a secure fit with no loose spots, giving HANDALL ® the tightest, most comfortable and most secure fit to your gun possible.

$11.50

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X-Grip

Magazine Adapter

Are you running a larger magazine in your pistol? The X-Grip Magazine Adapter fills the grip void of running a larger magazine in your GLOCK. Its unique design is based on the anthropometrics of the hand and wrist and results in significantly improved comfort, control and accuracy.

$13.50

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Talon

Rubber Grips

Talon rubber textured grips are a contrast to the aggressive texture of the granulate grips. While still providing exceptional grip enhancement, these grips are not as aggressive as the granulate texture making them perfect for use on a concealed carry pistol.

$17.99

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GLOCK

Gen 4 Backstraps

GLOCK Gen 4 backstraps are the exact set that come with new Gen 4 GLOCK pistols. These can make your grip larger and also give you the option of adding a beavertail extension to your GLOCK. This kit comes with standard and beavertail 2mm and 4mm backstraps. Only compatible with Generation 4 GLOCK pistols.
 

$23

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Pachmayr

Grip Glove

The Pachmayr grip glove is a recoil-absorbing, soft rubber sleeve that offers a contoured, non-slip grip that dramatically improves shooting comfort and accuracy from your semi-auto duty pistol. Finger grooves and a slight palm swell help reduce felt recoil and muzzle jump for fast, accurate follow-up shots.

$13.50

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A&G

Grip Extensions

Similar to the X-Grip Magazine Adapters, A&G Grip Extenders are high impact polymer collars which can be used when running larger magazines in your GLOCK. This addition gives the shooter a full grip on the pistol and improves comfort and accuracy.
 

$11

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