weak grip causes gun jam??

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by seanjonsean, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. seanjonsean

    seanjonsean New Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    s.a. texas
    just saw vid on you tube and this kid was shooting wat looked like a 9mm but kept jamming and his dad or adult kept telling him grip it tight , i had one jam today do u guys think that may be the case???
  2. Yes, a loose grip on a semi-auto can prevent the slide from moving its full motion and cause a malfunction.

  3. seanjonsean

    seanjonsean New Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    s.a. texas
    kewl thanxz for the input , idid notice i was accurate holding it lightly but then again i need to get the feel for it
  4. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    It needs a good firm foundation to recoil against unless you use a revolver.
  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Semi-auto shotguns have the same tendency. They jam if not held firmly against the shoulder.
  6. troutwest66

    troutwest66 Member

    Apr 9, 2005
    Post Falls, Idaho
    This is not to say you have to white knuckle it either. A firm grip not a death grip. My daughter has been shooting my 1911 since she was nine (she's twelve now) and she never had a problem with gripping it. She can part your hair with it, too!:D
  7. Yep. An AK47, M4, etc etc....limp-wrist them without the stock in your shoulder or pulled tight and you get a FTE/stovepipe etc.

    Limp-wristing a handgun in a match to induce malfunction and get an aliby re-fire when you don't like how your score is going is an oldschool trick some older 1911 guys can tell plenty about. They used to do it so frequently that for awhile the 1911 started getting a bad reputation for reliability.
  8. G21.45

    G21.45 New Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    NEVER hold any gun, 'lightly'. With a pistol it's always a firm, front-to-back grip. The trigger finger is slightly, 'disassociated' from the gun hand; and, you need to apply strong pressure: (1) immediately underneath the triggerguard, and (2) at the midpoint on the backstrap. Now, watch your front sight and go, 'tap, tap, tap'! ;)

    HERE! Maybe this will help you out!
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    sean, you need a good heavy recoiling revolver. believe me, you will learn to firmly grip the pistol once the front sight has drawn you blood a couple if times;)
  10. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Bristow, VA.
    Hey thanks for the link to Wardell Tip thats a great site not that I had problem with a weak grip but I'm just sayin
  11. green_metalflake

    green_metalflake New Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    I'd never had it happen prior to shooting a Beretta 96 in .40 S&W. I don't know why but I just could not get my grip right and had multiple slide-not-going-fully-into-battery faults.
  12. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    I really dont think any serious shooter would pull anything like that delta :)

    Why next they would be pressing their thumb against the slide to stop it cycling properly :eek:
  13. Ahhh...but a good pair of eyes can catch the ol' thumb induced stoppage, but the limp-wrist is truly very hard to catch.:D


    Jan 28, 2009
    While limp wristing any semi-automatic handgun even down to a .22 will cause failure, I have "never" seen a gas operated gun suffer the same fate, nore gas pistols, since they do not rely on recoil-gas operated is what eliminates these failures.
  15. Three years as a drill sergeant I seen it many times.
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