Tam is trying the method of gripping the AR made popular by 3-gun shooters – i.e. the support hand as far forward on the grip as possible, with the thumb pointing toward the target. I started shooting this kind of grip a while ago, but I didn’t realize how much it improved transition speeds until I went out to Gunsite a few months back. There, when doing rapid swings from target to target, having the hand that far forward allowed me start/stop the gun a lot faster than with my hand way back by the magwell in the more traditional “modern technique” style.
A good way to see the speed improvement with the hands forward grip is if you’re using a rimfire rifle; the lack of felt recoil really lets you rock and roll on speedy transitions.
What I’ve been most impressed with thus far is how much steadier it keeps the front sight while moving.
I’ve been trying this with Cowboy Action shooting as well, with a 24″ barrel 1873, it REALLY helps with target transitions.
Just wait, Tam. We’ll get out to Wildcat waaay up north sometime in August with the M&P-22 and you will absolutely BURN plates down. It’s sick.
I’ll be to Wildcat a lot sooner than that; I ain’t a’skeered of the cold. 😀
Heh. Actually, I need to get you and Shootin’ Buddy together for several trips to wildcat. Daddy needs to practice for Bianchi, and Wildcat is the only place within 100 miles with a legit mover.
Isn’t this called “physics” most other places? ;o
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