Isolating Gripping Fingers From the Trigger Finger

Ideally we want to grip the pistol so our trigger finger is isolated from our gripping fingers. Our tendons attached to the tips of our fingers are connected to one muscle in our forearm. So pulling our fingertips inward tends to pull all of fingers inward (including our trigger finger).



Larry Yatch, a SEAL and firearm instructor, introduced the C-clamp grip.  Larry had to get new shooters gripping the gun with isolated trigger control at his firearm training studio and developed a "C-clamp".

The "C clamp" way of engaging the gun to be much more effective and definitely worth a try. Having a way to grip the gun which does not require a specific amount gripping force allows much more diverse grip. Meaning, you can grip firm or soft.  For that matter, you can grip as hard as you possibly can and still have your trigger finger operate independent from your lower three gripping fingers of your strong hand.

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  • All guns are always loaded.  Treat the SIRT like a live fire gun.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.  Have a good ballistic backstop when training.  So just in case some how a live fire gun got in your training space, a bullet will be caught where you are training.