Recoil is the backward force of a gun when it is discharged.  This force is equal to the forward momentum of the projectile. It is directly in line with the bore of the weapon (Barrel).   There are three components to recoil:   1. The backward force felt in the palm of your dominant hand.   2. The flipping up of the pistol caused by the bore line being higher than your grip (muzzle flip)   3. The torque caused by the rifling of the barrel. As the bullet spins going down the barrel the pistol rotates in the opposite direction.   These three components make the pistol push back, flip up and rotate sideways after the shot making it difficult to keep the sights aligned on the target.  The number one action you can take to counter the effects of recoil is a proper grip.


A proper pistol grip has several key features   

1. It holds the pistol naturally in line to the target, aiding sight alignment (Pointing)  

2. It holds the pistol steady and doesn't change during the trigger squeeze.  A consistent grip doesn't change shot to shot 

3. It has maximum friction to control recoil  

4. The proper grip always lines the front and back sights with your dominant eye allowing you concentrate on the target and the front sight.    

DOMINANAT HAND:   The “V” between the thumb and forefinger is placed high on the pistol backstrap. Wrap the thumb and fingers around the pistol. Place your trigger finger along the frame parallel to the barrel.   

The dominant hand only does 2 things!   

1. The palm is a backstop to control the backward force of the recoil   

2. The index finger moves the trigger  rearward without moving the gun until it fires

Your entire dominant arm from the shoulder all the way through the wrist should be a solid brace. Once fully extended it doesn't push forward or move at all.

SUPPORT HAND:   Wrap your support hand fingers around the dominant hand. Raise your dominant thumb up. Bring the heel of your support hand firmly against the heel of your dominant hand. Lower your dominant thumb on top of the support hand. This will allow more of your support hand to make contact with the side of the pistol grip causing more friction allowing better recoil control.   Lock your support wrist as far forward as possible with the support thumb way forward on the pistol frame just below the slide. This helps in two ways:   

1. As soon as you achieve your proper 2 handed grip from a holster draw before full extension you can point with your trigger finger and support thumb to the target. We first point the gun before we aim it.   (See Pistol Aiming Page)

2. With your wrist locked and thumb forward the remaining 4 fingers of the support hand form a wedge at the base of the front strap of the pistol helping control the muzzle flip as the gun rotates up.   The support hand is the strong gripping hand. It does 4 things.   

1. Firmly locks the pistol into the dominant hand   

2. Allows you to point with your support thumb   

3. Causes a wedge at the base of the front strap reducing muzzle flip   

4. Controls the torque or twist of the weapon.      

POINTS OF CONTACT:   You should practice your grip and memorize where contact points between your pistol and hands are. You should feel these every time you achieve your two hand grip.   

Dominant Hand:   

1. Web of dominant hand as high as possible on the backstrap   

2. Where does my trigger finger rest on the side of the frame   


1. How does my support hand heel touch the side of the pistol grip and mate up with the heel of my dominant hand    

2. Where does my support thumb touch the frame   

3. Where does my support index finger touch the bottom of the trigger guard and my dominant hand   

4. Where does the bottom of my support wedge (pinky) contact either the frontstrap or my dominant hand       

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