Travis Haley

Biomechanics of the Best Handgun Grip

Travis Haley
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Shooters are often advised to “Get a good grip!” But what exactly does that mean? Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners presents the biomechanics of the best handgun grip and how it utilizes friction, leverage and gravity. Different types of grips are shown and their biomechanical efficiency tested. Simple science, not a complicated system. Using the best handgun grip for you ensures successful shooting.

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10 Responses to “Biomechanics of the Best Handgun Grip”

  1. Art

    as always good video. i had to pick up my gun just to see what i was doing. i do it different. not sure if it is bad or good. been a bad year for me and have not been out for quite a while shooting, since spring. cost, time, and pain have slowed me down. now when i checked my grip i found my shooting thumb comes down to complete the grip around the handle with the middle finger shooting hand. not straight out. my supporting hand cups the other and the supporting thumb goes over the shooting thumb to hold it down into the grip. of course i self taught my self many years ago. any comments on this grip would be appreciated. if i have to try and change me grip i will try, but this grip seems to give me great purchase. any ideas on this grip. after the grip is complete with the trigger finger not involved the supporting hand cups the shooting hand and the supporting hand thumb rides over the shooting thumb headed upward. hope i explained it well enough. it goes up over the thumb to try and complete the grip with the supporting hand although the distance will not allow that grip to meet the index finger. any thoughts would be appreciated. it does keep my thumbs away from the slide.

  2. randy

    great advice,thank you

  3. RICK

    I applied the biomechanics as described and improved my score by a huge amount. 23/24 hits in the A zone. I normally would not have scored that well. What an improvement! I will be able to speed up quite a bit in all situations including during ambush training.

  4. Deirdre (Dee) Burton

    I have no strength in both my hands. (surgeries and some arthritis). I can only use a revolver, but have trouble pulling the hammer back, and using just my forefinger on the trigger. Two forefingers works great but I understand that is frowned upon. I also can use just the one finger, but second pad on my dominant hand. I'm hoping to have my gun worked on for the hammer, but I'm really concerned about the trigger. Surely I can't be the only person out there...or am I. If I can't get some advice soon I'm getting a baseball bat and practice swinging low....and get the bad guy in the knees. Hope you have some suggestions. Thank you.

  5. RANDY

    I would like to see how the palms of your hands...the fat part under your thumb should be placed on the pistol. to achieve the straight thumb of my non-dominate hand I have to shift the grip of my dominate hand into a less firm hold. The palm of my non-dominate hand is flat upon the magazine (handle) portion of the pistol which pushes my dominate thumb out of it's dominate grip. Is this correct?

  6. Barry Brown

    All your videos are really good.Thanks for keeping us up to date. If you ever get up to northern Maine let us know.

  7. Don

    The more I watch the more I learn that I know very little. Education is so valuable, thanks.

  8. Denis Neal

    Very helpful video about holding the hand gun.thanks

  9. Denis Neal

    Very helpful video about holding a hand gun,Thanks

  10. joseph

    A couple of videos that change my view of something and change my bad habits are worth the price of membership. I got a lot out of this video. Thank you.

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