Although it’s important to me to live a natural life it doesn’t only extend to what I put in and on my body. I am a complex person and have many facets to my life. You’d be surprised to hear that I spent time in the military. Having a solid grip on your handgun can make all the difference in the world. The range is like a warm fuzzy bed, compared to real life. If you are in a situation when you need to draw and fire, then you need to make sure your grip is tight. There are many ways of achieving that, and that is what I will lay down today.
You don’t really know how you will react in a life-threatening situation, until you are there. It is the ancient “fight or flight” model, and it is true. In my time in the army, I saw people who choked when it was necessary to act. I saw others, who you wouldn’t think of as being too “badass”, take point and storm, right alongside their brothers in arms. You never know until you are there. And once you find yourself running and returning fire, you need to do it with confidence.
Getting A Good Grip
Civilian life is not the army, but these principles do apply. You need to have a solid grip, and a confident attitude. Many gun carriers choose to stipple their grips, or add external grips (like TALON or Robar) to their handgun. It can make a big difference, particularly for those who are not comfortable with their factory grips.
I am going to be talking about the Glock handgun (specifically, the model 19, 9mm compact). Glock’s factory grips are okay for some, but there are those who feel they have to add a grip. This really is very subjective, and it depends on the kind of Glock Generation, since some have finger grooves and grip textures, etc.
If you feel you need more confidence in your grip, you can either stipple the grip yourself with a soldering iron, or have it done professionally by someone else. You can also use an inner tube from a bicycle and shrink it with heat. Whatever fits your own hand’s mold the best – that is what you should go for. Or, if you are happy with your factory grip, good for you.
Take into account that when you do need to fire, conditions may not resemble those of a firing range. In fact, you can pretty much bet that it will be absolutely nothing like the firing range. Your hands may be sweaty, or covered in rain, or mud, or blood. You may be shaking from the tension, or experiencing some kind of other physical symptom. It happens. I have seen it happen more than once.
This is precisely the reason why grips like TALON (my personal favorite is the granulate kind) were invented. It gives the shooter an extra edge, because you never know when you are going to need to fire. TALONs go on easy, and are effective and relatively inexpensive.
You could have the world’s best handgun in your possession, but it is only as good as the hand that is gripping it. Do it any way you want, use whatever brand you like – but make sure that one way or another, your hand is sitting tight on that weapon. It could mean your ass.