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Old 04-30-2012, 07:20   #1
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Semi-auto thumb position, need input please?

Hi folks!

I do not know if this has been asked, so here goes:

On semi-auto pistols, that HAVE manual safeties, in a two-handed grip, does the thumb 'ride the safety', or does the thumb, 'go on the other thumb'?

The reason I ask, is that there are a LOT of different videos out there with folks using Glocks (said enough on them already), and other pistols of similar design, as well as those using more conventional, i.e., can see a hammer, designs.

What say ye, forum readers?
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Old 05-09-2012, 16:10   #2
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I carry daily a 45acp Colt lw Commander. In my competition days of the 80s, I was taught to swipe the safety off on the way up and when your left/weak hand meets the pistol, the strong hand thumb stays on the safety and the weak hand assumes a grip that points the weak hand thumb at the target and is slightly forward of the the stronghand thumb.

Todd Jarrett, one of the top world shooters.
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What Red Cent said.
IIRC, the reason behind "riding" the thumb safety is to keep from unintentionally bumping it back on whilst shooting. It's also more comfortable.
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I read that the thumb on top of the safety is the way to go. BUT, I shot NRA 2700's back in the 70's ( one hand shooting) and never had my thumb on the safety. I think it's a matter of preference ? Good luck !
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Not necessarily preference. Depends on the discipline. In IDPA or IPSC/USPSA, the aforementioned grip dominates semi-auto shooting. Another thing to point out is the position of the trigger finger. You watch a video of most any of the top world shooters of the semi and you will see the trigger finger so positioned.

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