The grip is established in the holster. From the time you draw until the time you re-holster, the grip should not change; it should remain the same. It is critical that the grip is the same every time you draw your pistol. The only exception to changing the grip is if you have to clear a malfunction or do a mag change.
The way you become a skilled shooter is through consistency in everything you do. Your stance must be the same, your grip must be the same, your draw must be the same, your sight alignment and sight picture must be the same, your trigger press must be the same, your follow through must be the same. Every thing you do must be done the same way every time you do it.
You can not grip the pistol one way one time, another way the next time and a different way the time after that and expect the same results in your shooting. It just doesn’t work that way.
If your grip is different every time when you draw, your pistol will recoil differently every time you shoot. In order to control and manage recoil, you need consistency in recoil. The way you achieve consistency in recoil is to have consistency in your grip. If you grip the pistol the same way every time, the pistol will recoil the same way each time it is fired. Gripping the pistol the same way every time will allow you to do two things: (1) have better recoil management, which will allow you to: (2) obtain a second sight picture quicker, thus faster recovery shots. I cannot stress enough to be consistent.
- As you reach for your shooting grip with your strong hand, simultaneously bring your weak hand up approximately stomach or solarplex high. Never leave the weak hand dangling by your side; when drawing your pistol your weak hand should always move when your gun hand moves.
- While your hands are coming up, keep your eyes focused on the target where you want the bullet to hit.
- Place the “V” (the web of the hand between the thumb and index finger) of your strong hand high on the back strap of the pistol.
- As the pistol is being drawn from the holster, wrap fingers (middle, ring and little finger) around the grip of the pistol and below the trigger guard.
- Keep the index finger straight along the slide of the pistol and off trigger.