Of Grip, Grips, and first hand accidents

By Editor, Jun 19, 2014 | |
  1. Editor
    I have been shown and told more than once the way I hold my Glock is incorrect. Really? Alright, I respect your opinion, I am not the very best shot in the world, nor do I know everything there is to know about, well just about anything. However, I will say ask this, if I may:

    Do you hold every gun the exact same way? I mean revolver, snubnose, or 6", derringer, 1911 or other semi auto of any size or brand?

    I do. And it is called the wrist brace method.

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    Now hold on for just a couple more minutes. In most articles I've read, "old timers" use this method. Well guess what? I'm an old timer. I would dare say I was shooting like this before some of you were born.

    My muscle memory is stuck to this and before you explain anything to me, I have tried just about every other method out there. It just does not work well for me. I do not endorse my method for anyone.

    So far, I have never had any type of accident where the side has come even close to hitting my thumb, dumb luck, or extreme conscience as to where my hands and fingers are. Call it whatever you want, I will say this though, using my method for me, I can put any caliber within the number 8 circle on the target all day long at 30 feet given one flyer per mag. Perhaps not great, but it doesn't suck either.

    Bottom line, what works safest and best for you, is the bottom line, in my opinion.

    Next subject,

    Grips for my Glocks.


    Glock has great stock grips but I have changed most of mine in some way or another trying to find that warm fuzzy feeling and filling my hand to where it feels like an extension of my arm. Half my models have the Hogue handall slide on rubber grip. Man that is like putting socks on a rooster even though a Gen2 isn't as bad because of lack of finger grooves.

    I let the Hogue sit in hot water for 15 to soften it. One trick I learned was to use Windex during the install, it is slick, and dries without leaving a soapy residue behind, you do use it more than once during the installation too. Some of my models like the G26 and 27 required trimming the rubber so the mag did not have any inserting issues and some trimming was required near the top. Not a problem to do.

    Now after a while I took them off my G21s, that was a handful of gun with them on, not that they were not manageable, but borderline too much for me. Therefore, I choose another alternative.

    Grip tape

    Although I have not tried every kind available, I have found one brand that suits my needs. It is called GT-5000 and a seller on ebay has it. It is not 3M or skateboard tape. It is not a sandpaper type either. To me it feels like Glock made a firm rubber type lower receiver. It looks great in the sense that it seems to have been made for the Glock. It comes in strips of 8"X2 ". I use thin white paper to outline the handle and cut it out slightly larger than the silhouette left behind. Cleaning the area free of oil or grime with nail polish remover, it is easy to put where desired and sticks firmly, a truly great feel to me. The other half of the arsenal has these installed.

    First hand accidents

    These were not injury accidents in where something or someone was hurt, thank God. Nevertheless, the potential was there and valuable lessons were learned. I tell you this here so someone may benefit from it, not to embarrass at all, we all learn, we teach and we share to help others, correct?

    First one I recall must be 25 years ago, a friend and I were shooting New Year's Eve outside his place, and we always did this every year. Go out at midnight and let it rip. One year it was extremely cold and I wanted to get this over with and get back inside.

    He had an AR-15, I had an SKS, and both of us had 30 round mags. He is on my left; on the count of 3, we fired them dry. Well somewhere between 15 and 30, one of his empties fell down my neck and stuck somewhere on my back. As the hot ember began to burn, I took my left hand off the SKS to reach backwards while my right hand continued to fire 2 more rounds...somewhere. This happened in an instant and therein lies the issue. I did not consider or was prepared for this to happen. Neither did he as he grabbed my rifle and kept it pointed down range as I was doing the Snoopy dance.

    Keep this as a safety lesson as to several things not to do, learned the hard way.

    Remember your basic safety rules (all weapons are always loaded, finger off the trigger until ready to fire, pointed in a safe direction, know your target, etc.) and always practice them.

    Second story --and I share this because I know someone out there has done this too.

    Never hand someone a gun that is loaded full with rounds hotter than the person is use to firing. If they are not use to it, load only one round, until they are used to it.

    Case in point. The wife was use to shooting a full size 9, the G17 or could have been the G19, regardless, I handed her a G23, and said, "Try this."

    First shot was on the target, the 2nd one in the ceiling of the range. A double tap happened. Moreover, this gun had no trigger job, completely stock. We both looked at each other and said the same thing. You can fill in our words and you would be right.

    That lesson taught me one that happened recently, I handed her (same wife..ha) a G33, with only one round in it. The gun flew up at over a 90-degree recoil action.

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    She was totally not prepared for that recoil and I have a picture of that, and what scared me the most was she had her finger in the trigger housing at the height of the recoil, it wasn't that it would be anywhere else given the speed of the incident, but it was just too real, the danger of that action could have been catastrophic.

    Yes, it is fun to see some ones reaction to a hot round but just do it one round at a time.

    Be safe, and best regards,

    Robert G. aka cudaviper

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