Grip Establishment Issues with Thumbs

Now that we have covered a grip and establishing a grip, now we can cover common issues that can creep up. The thumbs can create an issue when establishing your grip.


Those pesky thumbs can get in the way with your grip.  In general, thumbs can hurt you more than they can help with your grip on the pistol.  We do not suggest that you cut off your thumbs, but rather, you can keep them upright so they are not interfering with your support hand as you establish your grip. Professional trainer, Mike Seeklander, advocates "flagged thumbs" where they are upright and not interfering with your grip establishment.

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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