Finding the Right Pistol

I work in an office setting and most of the people I work with know I have some understanding of guns. We will talk guns and like and dislikes. People will share which gun they think is the best, but their opinion is usually based off what others have told them. One of my co-workers asked me about guns and I was honest in sharing my opinions.

I am not a fan of the 1911 frame, but that is due to my comfort level when holding and shooting the gun and not based on the gun itself. I will recommend brands that I have used before and ones that I own. My biggest rule of thumb when choosing a gun is how does it feel when you hold it?

It does not matter how many rounds it fires or which law enforcement or military branch swears by it, if it does not feel good while you are using it. Those people are not using your gun, so while they can give great performance and personal usage testimonies, their experiences will not always translate over into your gun experience.

I got the following video in an email today and it really seems like something that needs to be shared. It is by Sig Sauer, and while they do make excellent guns, the message is about the fit of the gun in your hand. I am also posting the message that came with the email for those of you who prefer reading.

“PROPER PISTOL FIT”
By Jack Leuchtner, Pro Shop Manager, SIG SAUER Academy

Fitting a pistol to your hand is actually quite an easy process. The first step to finding a pistol that’s a perfect fit is finding something that gets you close. With an unloaded pistol, grip the pistol with a two handed grip and place your trigger finger on the center of the trigger. Move the trigger back and forth. If you cannot reach the trigger try something smaller. If your finger can go past the trigger and bottom out on the other side of the frame you need to find a bigger pistol.

A single stack pistol will have a different fit than a double stack pistol. With a single stack pistol the thinner frame will shorten the distance you need to reach to operate the trigger. However, if you have longer fingers you may have to bump your knuckle out to operate the trigger correctly.

A double stack pistol will be a larger grip circumference, but most double stack pistols will come with slim-style grips to make the trigger easier to reach. Some polymer-framed guns have the ability to swap out grip shells for smaller or larger versions. These work great for people who share a pistol at the range or families who want to shoot the same pistol but would also like the ability to change sizes on the fly.

The choice of grips on a metal frame gun is also very important, although not as quick to change like a polymer gun. With the classic line SIG SAUER® pistols for example, grips made from wood and rubber will tend to run larger. Grips made from polymer or G-10 will have a slimmer profile. With larger grips, reaching for the trigger becomes more difficult for people with smaller hands or someone with larger palms and shorter fingers. The opposite is true for people with big hands, or longer fingers.

Try a few different models with different grips by establishing a two-handed grip and operating the trigger. Once you’ve found a frame and grip size that comes pretty close, if you still need a little more distance to reach, or the trigger is just a little too far away, the SIG SAUER custom shop or any certified SIG SAUER armorer can put in a short reach, or standard trigger. This fine tuning will ensure that you and your pistol will work together. The key is to try an assortment of different pistols. There is one out there that will fit your hand perfectly!

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