Defensive Rifle Hand Positions

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Rob Pincus is with rifle specialist Mike Centola of Allstar Tactical to discuss where the support hand should be placed on a long gun. Mike demonstrates a few positions and talks about what situations they might be used in. Both Mike and Rob agree that different circumstances will dictate different hand positions, and personal preference will influence support-hand placement on a rifle.

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6 Responses to “Defensive Rifle Hand Positions”

  1. Earl

    When using the grip on the fore stock, be sure to bring the elbow directly under the weapon for better stability. (Something I learned shooting M1 Garands years ago). Your arm tends to get tired if you don’t support the weapon this way.

  2. Kestrel

    Nice video, and I like the fact that you recognize that both the situation and personal preference will come into play when choosing a support hand position.

    I have heard a lot of folks say they don’t like the vertical grip. I’m not necessarily a fan either, however I use a vertical grip with a built-in bipod, so that I have the option of that bipod position anywhere I go. However, there is a weight penalty with that configuration, and I do begrudge that added weight…

    Anyway, please keep the great instructional videos coming!

    • Ariel

      Glad you like the quote, I stole it from Massad Ayoob. As to your assertions thguoh, please consider that before universal issue of Level II&III secrity holsters to police, half of all officers killed by gunfire each year were shot with their own or another cop’s gun.They’re the most open carriers in the world.If you don’t have at least a thumbstrap or one of the new locking designs, what happens if you lock up with the bad guy before you draw?What if this happens in Kroger’s and your piece goes skittering across the floor to the crook’s accomplice or a nine year old? Then what if the mugger or an unqualified bystander takes it and it’s Glock or revolver type point and pull trigger piece?Let’s not forget that 99.9999% of the time we practice self-defense,it’s in reaction to a criminal assault. We start behind the curve of action/reaction.In light of that, the citizen defender’s only tactical advantage is the surprise of the concealed weapon.I’m not ranting on those who choose this method. I’m just saying that from a tactical, practical, lawyer-riding- on- every- bullet-we send downrange, that certain factors be considered realistically.

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