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Wrong grip.

I have the greatest respect for GUNS Magazine and its' authors. When I get your magazine, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Thanks for a great publication.

However, I take exception to the photo of Massad Ayoob in the article "Back Up Gun Drills." When I teach new shooters, they are told to have both thumbs on one side of the firearm, be it revolver or semi-auto. The photo shows the shooters' thumbs crossed. I do appreciate the S&W 340 is a "lightweight" revolver, but this may show an inexperienced shooter it is OK to use this grip. Thanks for letting me express my opinion.

Bill Smolinski

Stevensville, Montana

I generally agree with you. However, there's an exception to every rule. When shooting .357 ammo through the sub-pound Model 340--and for some folks when shooting fairly light guns with full power .44 Magnum loads--the thumb crossover grip is the only thing that will prevent some degree of hand separation when the recoil hits a truly jackhammer level. Input appreciated!--Mas Ayoob
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Author:Smolinski, Bill
Publication:Guns Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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