This post is regarding guns, pistols specifically. The post discusses and compares differed methods of gripping and cocking a pistol to be fired. The different cocking grips discussed are the slingshot and overhand grips. The article was written by a firearms instructor. Side serrations in the front of the pistol are also discussed along with tips dealing with side mounted safeties.
- The slingshot is just that. Using a right-handed shooter as our example, you hold the pistol in your right hand, then pinch the slide between your left thumb and forefinger with your left palm facing down.
- This gets stronger muscles involved, and the punching makes up a little for the left hand only having two fingers involved. The slingshot method also keeps your fingers clear of the ejection port.
- First, if you aren’t careful where your pistol is pointing, the mechanics of overhand can have you pointing the muzzle at the shooter to your left.
“The general question of how to use cocking serrations safely and properly is a more interesting one. Let’s discuss their strengths and weaknesses when racking a slide.”