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Grip on a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Honor Bound, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Honor Bound

    Honor Bound

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    I own and shoot an array of popular automatics but my latest acquisition is my first 1911, so I’m still new with this frame.

    In a recent article by Clint Smith the well known firearms instructor describes the correct way to hold a 1911. He specifically said that the left thumb should be sitting up on top of the safety as to ensure nothing would cause it to slip up and on during firing.

    “Well that sounds like it makes sense,” I said to myself… and then I tried it…. Hold the phone!

    Now that’s not how I’m used to shooting. I quickly noticed by moving my thumb up on top of the safety, I lose the palm and thumb meld that I’m accustom to and have used all my life. I have big hands and I like having as much palm and finger surface in contact with the frame and each other as possible. By putting my thump on top of the safety I definitely feel I’d be loosing contact and thus, some control of the pistol.

    I haven’t been able to try this “thumb over the safety” grip at the range, hope to go tomorrow and try it out.

    Clint wouldn't have said it if it weren't true. I also feel that a good, comfortable grip is one of the most important aspects of shooting, but who am I to disagree with Clint.

    Your thoughts?

    HB
     
  2. davidalyn

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    I have been shooting my 1911s that way for over 20 years. I couldn't go back to thumb under the safety if I wanted to.

    The theory is thumb on top of safety removes the possibility of accidentally bumping the safety up (on) during recoil.
     

  3. drc767

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    If you are a right handed shooter, it should be your right thumb over the thumb safety. Obviously the left thumb would not work......
     
  4. Honor Bound

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    Yes, left side, right thumb. Thanks.
     
  5. BuckyP

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    If you are a left handed shooter, you are likely to have an Ambi safety, so it would work.
     
  6. BuckyP

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    It's not just the thumb riding the safety, but adapting the thumbs forward grip as well. In addition to keeping the safety downward, it gets you higher on the gun which helps control recoil. To get a better picture of this, check out Rob Leatham's web site (middle picture).
     
  7. lawdog734

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    In the end use what works for you
     
  8. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    there are a few ways to hold a handgun, even a 1911. you will have to try them to see what works best for YOU.
     
  9. PlasticGuy

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    The thumb on the safety hold is my preferred way to hold a 1911. It removes any possibility of forgetting to click it off safe, and also removes any possibility of accidentally bumping it back on safe while shooting. It also forces the hand higher on the grip to reduce muzzle rise during recoil. If there's a downside, I haven't found it yet.

    And yes, Clint Smith is a squared away dude. I took his Urban Rifle class a few years ago. It was a fantastic class at a fantastic facility taught by fantastic instructors. I can highly recommend it.
     
  10. seanmac45

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    Thumb on the safety is the best way to shoot a 1911.

    If you can't adapt to it that's fine, but just know that there is the chance of bumping the safety up during recovery from recoil.
     
  11. ArmoryDoc

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    Not everybodys hands are built the same. I use "thumbs forward" with right thumb on the safety.
     
  12. bac1023

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    This :)
     
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    I can't shoot straight with my thumb on the safety for some reason, so I shoot my way. :)

    deadite
     
  14. ArmoryDoc

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    Whatever gets it downrange. ;)
     
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    If you have a Beavertail grip safety, then it will help you to get your hand higher on the gun, thus making it easier for the thumb-over-safety grip.

    But if you have a standard GI grip safety, then it reduce the mobility of getting your hand higher on the gun. So it may not feel as comfortable.
     
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    Clint also enthusiastically endorsed the Taurus PT1911.
     
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    Really?!?!?!?!?!
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    Try to keep you thumb on the side of the safety, not above or below it. It works well for me.
     
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