Shooters You Can’t “Lock Out” Your Wrists

DSCN3242In 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.DSCN3190

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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