Conclusion: Final Thoughts on Improving Grip Performance

What can I do to tighten my rapid shot groups? I want one ragged hole on the target and the ability to rip off shots as fast my trigger finger can press the trigger....


Again this course is merely presenting some objectives of grip, queuing points to attain those objectives, and some ideas on identifying and remedying deficiencies. Pressing the front part of the gun and squeezing the chest together so the "big dumb muscles" employed is one of the best tips I have seen where you can contract these muscles to your hearts content and not be concerned of other issues cropping up (trigger finger issues).

Traditionally there were rules such as 60%/40%, where you have 60% pressure on your support hand and 40% on your strong hand. However such ratios become complicated under stress and difficult to ingrain in muscle memory.

The grip should work on its own, not requiring conscious effort

When you train simple motor movements early on, such as squeezing the basement thumbs together with your upper pectoralis (chest) muscles and pressing on the front part of the grip of a gun (C-clamp grip), you allow independent operation of your trigger finger.

I would strongly encourage you to get low aggressive and literally squeeze a gun as hard as you can with the C-clamp grip with as much chest squeeze if you can muster and observe the results. Further, try squeezing as hard as you can when you are not warmed up so you see your performance in an "uncalibrated" state.

Safety First!

  • Always remember to train safely. Adapting the live fire training rules will ensure we can maintain a 100% safety record when training with the SIRT.

  • All guns are always loaded.  Treat the SIRT like a live fire gun.  Don't point it at other people unless you are following strict Force on Force Safety Protocol.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.  Always have awareness where you are pointing the SIRT.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.  This is one of the best safety training you can do with your SIRT.  Be sure the trigger is off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.  Have a good ballistic backstop when training.  So just in case somehow a live fire gun got in your training space, a discharged bullet will be caught in the target area where you are training.

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