Getting use to shooting with a bad grip can really take the fun out of shooting. Most people develop these bad habits for different reasons. Some just start out shooting with a friend or family member that just does not know how to instruct. They give them a firearm that may be too powerful for the first time shooting, or just hand it to them and let them try to figure it out by watching them. Whatever the reason, there is no proper understanding of how a gun works, how to aim at a target, or even how to squeeze the trigger. If you spend anytime watching other people shoot you will see a lot of different "bad" techniques. It's not just the bad grip you see, there's more.
- You will see people yanking, or slapping the trigger instead of squeezing it.
- You will see people looking only at the bullseye and not the sights (their target will look like a shotgun blast).
- You will see people flinching just before they shoot (anticipating the recoil).
- You will also see people look away or close their eyes just before they shoot (afraid of the bang).
- You will also see them release their grip just before they shoot (afraid of the recoil).
These are just a few of the things you will see anytime watching others at the range. Then give yourself a pat on the back for taking the time to learn the right way.
This grip is one you will undoubtedly see often. This is a very bad grip with a Semi-auto that will cut your thumb every time. With your thumb crossed under the area where the slide comes back, the slide will retract over the top of your thumb cutting it. To prevent this people will often use the same grip (thumbs crossed) only holding further down on the grip. That only makes the firearm recoil more, and restrict the movement of the slide, causing stovepipes.