There are a lot of different factors that contribute to improving your handgun shooting accuracy – grip and follow through are just two of the many. How firm of a grip should you have on your handgun? Eric says that question is actually a lot more complicated than it may seem on the surface. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to grip and he notes that much of it depends on what kind of shooting you are doing. Ask ten different instructors and you’ll likely get ten different answers. In general, Eric says he doesn’t like to put a number on grip, rather he says to grip the gun as firmly as you need to in order to control and help manage recoil. Beware of over gripping, though. Holding your firearm too firmly can impact your trigger squeeze, it can also fatigue your hands, forearms, and wrist over time. The ideal grip is one that is strong enough to manage the gun and control it without affecting how the index finger pulls the trigger. Follow through is another important aspect in any kind of shooting. Many new shooters make the mistake of dropping their gun immediately after shooting a round to look down range to see where the impact was, Eric says. It’s a beginner’s mistake, but one that needs to be corrected. Good follow through is a by-product of good recoil management. If you have good recoil management, there shouldn’t be a whole lot of effort required to get your sights on target, again. Maintaining that follow through is imperative. Rather than looking up and assessing your performance between each round, Eric explains why it’s important for shooters to complete their stage in entirety and after that they can assess and make changes to grip, stance, etc.
While most people probably have one specific position, they prefer to carry in regularly, Eric says it’s also important to practice carrying and drawing in different positions. Purposeful and deliberate training is always a good idea. While he primarily carries appendix, Eric notes that when wearing gym shorts he adjusts his carry position to take advantage of the increased compression in the 4 or 5 o’clock position that better secures his Sticky Holster to his body. Practice is also important when carrying off body in a bag, if you have a travel mount in a vehicle or some other scenario. It’s important to know exactly what you need to do to smoothly and quickly access your firearm. Practice often and a lot so you are prepared and better equipped to handle a situation if it were to ever arise, Eric says.
Sticky Holsters has really simplified everyday carry for everyone. Carrying your firearm, phone, knife, wallet and more can be accomplished easier when you have the right gear. Whether someone buys a holster so they can carry every day, once a week or just occasionally, Eric says that Sticky Holsters make it simpler to carry a gun and stay protected. This kind of design philosophy also extends to other Sticky Holster products like the Sticky Belt Sliders that slide easily onto virtually any belt, but automatically provide a way to efficiently carry a knife, tourniquet, extra magazines or other items of similar size. The Sticky Travel Mount is another great option that provides a place to secure your firearm in your vehicle, on your boat, on your ATV or side-by-side or any other location with a firm surface where it can be installed. Eric says some people ask why you would need a gun on your boat or other outdoor equipment. The answer is simple, there are bears, mountain lions, snakes, and other wildlife as well as other unknown threats you could encounter while recreating outdoors. He points to a scenario where someone may be launching or recovering their boat at night on a boat ramp. It is in a place like this that someone could become an easy victim of people who may want to steal their expensive boat, vehicle and fishing gear. Having your firearm with you provides you the opportunity to defend yourself and others should a situation arise. There is also a broader conversation that comes with the idea of, “why would you need to carry at (insert any location here)?” and that conversation has to do with where people assume they are safe. Many people think they only need a gun if they are, for example, headed to a bad part of town. However, Eric points out that the reality is we don’t get to choose when or where the fight may be. The only thing we can do is be prepared with all the tools we need so that if something happens, regardless of location, we are able to defend ourselves in those situations. Having products like Sticky Holsters that make it simpler, more comfortable, and less cumbersome to carry on a regular basis, increases the chance that people will actually carry instead of leaving their firearm at home. It’s better to carry and not need it, than to wish you had it!
Be sure to listen in as Eric Rice, Operations and Sales Manager for Sticky Holsters stops by The Revolution with some quick tips for improving your handgun shooting skills and simple solutions for everyday carry.
Shoot straight, get Sticky!