So, if you cannot lock out your wrists, but have to manage and maintain an iron strong grip, how is this acquired? There are many exercises which can strengthen the shooter’s grip and which need to be tended to for both hands. Remember, the grip involves every single finger and thumb of both hands to engage in and maintain the proper grip for a consistent shot. For one thing, the Trigger Finger Exercise offers strengthening, toning and coordination as you practice engaging the middle, ring and pinky fingers tightly and securely while only moving the trigger finger slowly and consistently towards the middle of the palm of the hand. Doing push-ups and pull-ups will strengthen the hands. These very basic Academy level exercises are still your best “do anywhere”, “do any time” exercises. The focus is, when you do push-ups, make sure every single finger print is pressed firmly into the ground. When your personal trainer (see Train With Libby) comes by to lift any of your fingers, they better be glued to the floor. The same is true with those pull-ups: fully engage your grip on the bar. Every single finger and thumb is involved in applying pressure to a firm and consistent grip and you raise and lower your body . Now, go hit the gym, your basement floor, or the floor right there next to your recliner!
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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