Teacup Hollywood Weaver: How most people who have learned how to shoot from TV hold a gun. And now we’d like to welcome Jack Bauer to Gun Nuts to demonstrate the Teacup Hollywood Weaver stance
and grip. Take it away, Jack! Thanks Jack, that was great. I really appreciate you showing up to demonstrate the exact wrong way to hold a gun. Thanks!
Now, I say the above in jest, but the point I’m trying to make is serious. Do you see how Mr. Sutherland is holding his gun and standing? That is the wrong way to hold a gun. This isn’t a subjective “weaver vs. iso” thing here, this is just facts. The teacup grip is incorrect. Always.
I’ve been to Gunsite twice now. Even the school that teaches the Weaver stance teaches the thumbs-forward grip of the pistol, because it’s the best grip for recoil control. Here’s Gunsite instructor Ed Head demonstrating one of the two proper stances for a pistol.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good picture of his thumbs, but I assure you that they are not “locked down”. His strong hand thumb is riding on the safety, and his support thumb is indexed just under the slide. Note how his hands come together to form the grip on the pistol, and that there isn’t any “air” between his support hand and his strong hand. That allows for much, much, much better recoil control that the Teacup Hollywood Weaver.
Humans are pretty good at mimicking stuff, which is where a lot of people have picked up bad pistol habits. If you’re going to mimic someone’s shooting stance though, don’t pick some hollywood idiot. Try imitating what this guy does instead.