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Old 12-13-2011, 04:00 AM   #1
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Shooting One Handed?


For the past year I've had a tendency to want to draw and shoot strong-hand only.

I'm not sure how, why, or even when this started.

There has been an increase in crime out here in the country, so I do draw and keep the 1911 in my left (strong) hand while carrying things in my right while walking from the car to the garage, where there are motion-tripped security lights. I do this most especially when the lights have tripped while I was gone.

(The other reason I prefer to have the pistol in-hand is because the racoons are entirely too curious around here, especially given my tendency to shoot them and the dog's tendency to kill them before they can even squeak!)

Now, last time I actually fired something up, it was a raiding raccoon that challenged me and I did use a two-handed modified Weaver hold I'd been practicing. I like how it soaks up recoil from hot handloads over the traditional Weaver and Isosceles stances.

However, when I practice drawing at night before bed, I keep wanting to blade my body and use one hand, almost like a duelist from the days of olde.

So the question I've been asking myself is, is this really a bad thing? I know I can hit what I'm shooting at with one hand, and though I'm a shade slower on the following shots, it's probably not really noticeable to someone not looking for it. (Then again, it may be.)

What do you all think, given that two-handed shooting disciplines have been relatively recent in the history of firearms?


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Old 12-13-2011, 05:19 AM   #2
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Nothing wrong with one hand shooting. One should practice shooting with both hands. I have seen many a very good shot with one handed shooters. One fellow I seen him shoot 2-Browning Hi-powers at once at 7yds and they were all centered in the chest. That masked bandit can cause alot of damage. Better call the Turtleman from KY.

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Old 12-13-2011, 09:01 AM   #3
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I see nothing wrong with it. I am sure that you would adapt to the situation. Going around a blind corner would make me want to have two hands on the weapon in case there was an instant surprise attack. I know you are not saying that one handed is the best and only way.

I like shooting one handed like you describe.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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Hi, Col. Rex Applegate once asked me "Do you shoot one handed or two?" I hesitated because my partner critcized me for shooting one handed. He then gave me a print out " Bullseyes and Silhouettes Don't Shoot Back" . He said that when your stationary, Isoceles or Weaver is fine. But on the move, holding a flashlight, or going up stairs and running it's hard to maintain balance. Training can cure all, but he had some valid points. He was a great advocate of "Point Shooting". I think his dvd is still available fom Paladin. He was a great guy and would talk to all. ( even a wet behind the ears rookie). I find that under stress I not only shoot one handed but with all my weight on my stong side foot. Just me, LOL. Regards, Mike
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:33 PM   #5
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Putting the rounds on target is all that matters, how you accomplish that is up to you.
"Of every one hundred men they send me, ten shouldn't even be here. Eighty of them are nothing but targets, nine of them are real fighters - we are lucky to have them, they make the battle. Ahhhh but the one. One of them is a warrior and he will bring the others home."

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:15 PM   #6
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Semi autos seem designed mostly for two hand and thats how I control all the torquing around during the cycling process. And pretty much the same grip for DA revolvers, but the old SAA Colts and Ruger SA revolvers are one handed guns. The Bisley versions were originally designed for one hand target shooting competition.

I have fired SA revolvers with two hands for long range but they are designed for point shooting. I could roll pop cans out to 25 yards one handed with my Vaquero .45. The sights were regulated for that range and style. A two handed grip reduced the muzzle lift and made it shoot low.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:40 PM   #7
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In IDPA competition, I will routinely engage close range targets with one hand in what I call "metal on meat" sighting. I find it faster and just as effective in the speed and accuracy balance. However, as the distance opens up, two hands are better than one for me. I generally do a true Weaver with a heavy caliber and a modified with a minor cartridge. You also need to practice using your non-dominate hand. You never, ever know.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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It's a good practice to maintain. I don't have much choice, I have multiple sclerosis and have little use of my left hand.
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