Monday, May 31, 2010

Not gettin' in the groove...

On various extreme target pistols and rifles, it is not uncommon to see grips that are molded to the hand of the individual shooter. Consistency is, after all, accuracy.

But an ISSF shooter rarely has to pull his free pistol from the bottom of a pigpile, nor does a Three-Position Smallbore competitor need to acquire a good-enough firing grip on his Anschutz while unassing a burning Humvee. Hence, I question the utility of highly-molded stuff like this.

Although I could be wrong.

14 comments:

Matt G said...

While it could definitely improve one's grip on the pistol grip stocks during wet and slickery conditions, it's gonna play hell with your non-dominant hand shooting.

If you're not planning and practicing non-dominant hand shooting, then you're not a Professional-- you're just a rube with a gun.

staghounds said...

"What is it FOR?"

"It's to sell!"

Tam said...

Matt,

That's the thing for me: There are plenty of grip texturing techniques that would allow a firm grip when squeezed but still let relaxed fingers find their purchase on the weapon wherever they may come to rest.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, for .mil purposes, if you (and I think you could) can use it to sort of generically get the grip where you may need it, it may have some utility. Lots of .mil units do not want their weapons modified willy-nilly. Reading the web site, it appears that it can be removed. Luckily, my .mil days are over, so my AR grips are my choice. :)

Anonymous said...

It would seem alot more tacticool if you were using cover or concealment instead of standing in the middle of the doorway blazing away.


Gerry

dr mac said...

Is the it consensus that they are a bit cheesy ?

jimbob86 said...

Staghounds beat me to it...

reflectoscope said...

Now the shift knob in a proper automobile...

Jim

Tam said...

You know, I like a plain ball or knob at the end of a shift lever for the same reason: Your hand may approach it from any of several angles, depending on what gear it's in or what your hand was doing when the time came to shift.

The pistol grip shifter that fits so nicely in the hand for a 1-2-3 upshift from a standing start is awkward when you dip your hand briefly from the wheel to backhand a 3-4 or 5-4 shift.

Less said...

While it might not fit for tactical stuff, seems like the trick for folks wanting to modify grips for bullseye/etc. without having to pay $$$ for Nils grips, etc...

Tam said...

Less,

It'd be the berries for that, alright. (And you omitted a $ from the Nill's. :D)

fast richard said...

I saw the same thing at Menard's for making custom grips for electric drills and such. Didn't seem like all that great an idea for that either.

Montie said...

Tam,

I'm with you on this, particularly when it comes to unassing vehicles in a hurry or getting a firing grip in the midst of rollling around in the dirt with some perp, and most assuredly it wouldn't be conducive to non-dominant hand shooting as Matt G. pointed out.

Staghounds is right, they are good for selling to the average mall ninja as one more gadget that someone else might not have yet.

elmo iscariot said...

Hey, hey. Remember in The Mote in God's Eye, when the MAs cover up the infiltration of the MacArthur by the motie miniatures because they're so grateful to the little watchmakers for form-fitting the grips of the pistols to their hands?

I mean, nobody has his finger on the pulse of appropriate military technology like Niven and Pournelle, right?