In firearms training, I have repeatedly heard my colleagues tell shooters to tighten their grip by “locking out their wrists”. I know the instructor is trying to be motivating and encouraging by giving the shooter something other than their fear of the recoil to think about. However, it is not anatomically possible to lock out your wrists. The wrists function on a pivoting joint; they can twirl in full rotation. The elbows and knees can lock out; they function on a hinge joint which can only move to a certain point: its locked out position. So, how can you tighten your grip? Well, try folding your fingers into the shape of a balled fist. Take your other hand and move this fist shape around. It is very easily manipulated. Now, tighten that fist shape as if you are holding a magic bullet and you are not going to let it go. With this applied strength, try and move that fist with your free hand. You can’t. It is the tightly held fist, consistent throughout the grip/trigger pull/ follow through sequence that keeps a consistent and tight group on your target. Go give it a try.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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