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Thumb Locked together or Straight thumbs forward?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Tackleberry90, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. I have big paws and have trouble with thumb over thumb on the grip. I have been seeing more of it at local IDPA events. What are the advantages to this versus "thumbs pointing forward"?
    I have looked at a few videos posted and just cannot seem to bring myself to a comfort level with a thumb over thumb grip. I have tried on a Kimber Aegis, Beretta PX4 and my daily carry, a G19.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    No prob, straight thumbs is the "in" technique these days anyway in many circles. Be advised that on your Beretta in particular, and on the Glock if it has an extended slide stop, straight thumbs grasp can override the slide stop and prevent the slide from locking back on an empty mag, when shooting right handed. Moving the firing hand thumb left, so it's over the left hand and not directly against the pistol, can prevent that.