Thumbs Up for Good Shooting
Today we are going to give a big thumbs up to good shooting. The way we hold our firearms when we shoot affects our accuracy, but there isn’t much we can do to improve our hold, or is there? Let’s give good shooting a big thumbs up!
Gripping a firearm is a simple concept. You grasp it in one hand and support that grasp with the other. Easy enough, right? But there is more to good shooting than simply holding your gun.
What do you do with your thumbs while shooting? Of coarse we all know to keep them away from moving parts, that’s a mistake I’m sure we have all made several times. But where exactly should you place your thumbs? Competition shooters have started placing there thumbs down and against their fingers.
I have learned a different approach. I was having issues with the smoothness of my trigger pull. To solve this issue I was taught to give shooting a big thumbs up. Instead of placing your thumbs in the down position, lift them up. Moving your thumbs up releases the tendons in your hand and gives your fingers more movement and flexibility. Try it for yourself.
Give a thumbs up and slowly mimic pulling the trigger, very slowly and smoothly. Now place your thumb down against your hand and slowly mimic pulling the trigger. See the difference. Which is easier to you. Most I have done this with agree it is easier with their thumb up.
Next time you are shooting try giving shooting a big thumbs up and see how it works for you. It’s not easy to change the habbit, but if it increases my accuracy I’m willing to make the change.
What do you think about giving shooting a thumbs up? Let’s hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.