How To Properly Grip A Semi-Auto Pistol | Handgun 101 with Top Shot Chris Cheng

How To Properly Grip A Semi-Auto Pistol | Handgun 101 with Top Shot Chris Cheng

Top Shot Champion Chris Cheng demonstrates for beginners how to properly grip a semi-auto pistol. Firearm instructors and experienced shooters are encouraged to watch and share these tips with newcomers to the shooting sports.

Also, check out Chris’ new book, “Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics and Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro,” available at http://www.topshotchris.com/

Glock 19 courtesy of Salient Arms International: http://www.SalientArms.com/

Ammunition Provided by Winchester

Filmed at the Richmond Rod & Gun Club in Richmond, CA. (NSSF Video)

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50 Comments

  1. John Ware on December 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Did this at the range the next day ,it immediately made me a better shooter!



  2. Andrea Fast on December 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Yet another great video…
    An ask: does anyone know which model is the watch Chris wears?



  3. Wolfric Kelly on December 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Am I the only one who finds this grip uncomfortable to do?



  4. John Nguyen on December 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

    P00



  5. Meiji Fong on December 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Your instructions including weight pressures on holding the gun was very clear. Thank you!



  6. Rusty Cans on December 23, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Years later, this video probably had the biggest impact on my grip and shooting. Thank you.



  7. LOUIS LAZARUS on December 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

    This is definitely the recommended grip but it will not work for everyone. If this grip doesn’t work for you, try something else. Personally, I don’t really like this method. I’ve tried it and my shooting isn’t as good as my own preferred style. I like The Weaver Stance. I like to hold the gun as if I was going to shoot one-handed and then I place my left hand palm on the bottom of the grip to support my right hand. You can experiment with this and you’ll see if it works for you. Having both thumbs touching or that close to the slide while firing is a bit scary and impractical. This shooters right thumb isn’t doing anything but putting itself in danger. However, everyone please do what you like. It’s not about being technically correct. It’s all about being as accurate as YOU can be.



  8. Deepak Kumar on December 23, 2022 at 12:39 am

    What will be the outcome if we shoot by only one hand ?. Just like they show in movies



  9. Hope on December 23, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I just bought a pellet pistol and was instantly humbled by how difficult it actually is to hit things. Thanks for the tips



  10. Frank Chester on December 23, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for sharing this information.👍🏽



  11. Anthony Luisi on December 23, 2022 at 12:43 am

    How can you judge 70/30 ? I get the push /pull , but 70/30 ?? If I don’t have 70/30 will I become a soup sandwich?



  12. Tony Casarez on December 23, 2022 at 12:43 am

    You describe that and explain very well. Thank you sir



  13. Castrum Solitas on December 23, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Thank you Chris



  14. ncbasspraise (Pat Weist) on December 23, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Thank you, Chris. This was a much-needed lesson!!!!



  15. ChrisJr59 on December 23, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I can’t stand the way he talks



  16. Judy Fleming on December 23, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Hi, I would like to buy a semi automatic gun for myself for protection, but would also like something good for target practicing. Being a woman, what would be my best choice of gun. There are so many brands and I hear a lot about Glocks, but there are so many versions of the Glock, so I thought you might have some advice.



  17. SLR -Street Legal Revenue on December 23, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Why does it sound like he’s doing an Dr. Evil impression?? Lol great video though



  18. Noah Gonzalez on December 23, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Best instructional video by far



  19. Casper Audi on December 23, 2022 at 12:56 am

    I am learning from from Chris Cheng all his videos is on point just need to go to the range an apply what he is teaching



  20. Boulder Nelson on December 23, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Awesome.



  21. BlackedNG on December 23, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I’ve had my Glock 17 gen 5 for about 3 years now. I’ve gone out to the range at few times (less so during covid). I’ve never heard about the 70/30 rule. It totally makes sense though, having more pressure on the supporting hand. Thanks for the tip!



  22. Julie S on December 23, 2022 at 1:00 am

    im 50% understood what u said



  23. TheAxe4ever on December 23, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Good video showing proper hand placement. Very helpful. My only thing is the 70/30 grip strength thing. I tried this and it just didn’t seem to work for me on the range. My shots were still pushing right and sometimes low. So I just gripped it full on. In a stressful self defense situation I can guarantee I’ll be gripping my gun like my life depends on it. Because it does. I won!t be like “hold on bad guy while I make sure I have a 70;30. So I figured, why not practice that way. Now my shots, along with hand placement shown here, are right on the mark.



  24. Waleed Abdallah on December 23, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Thanks 😊 🙏 very informative as I am hitting the range this week



  25. Van Helzer on December 23, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Great video. I’ve been trying to find a proper, comfortable way to hold my firearm. Thanks!



  26. Jake Kunz on December 23, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Yo why does my instructor sound like Nic Cage



  27. Rs3 Daily on December 23, 2022 at 1:12 am

    thanks! this was so helpful
    i felt awkward using my left hand properly
    this cleared it up



  28. MrR1delcas on December 23, 2022 at 1:12 am

    How many accidents happen holding the gun next to the slide.



  29. private information on December 23, 2022 at 1:12 am

    What happens when your hands are big and there’s no empty spot for your left hand? My hand wraps a the way around most guns



  30. MiGHTbTRU on December 23, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Sick video, i will apply this



  31. Joseph Shaff on December 23, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Thanks!



  32. AM on December 23, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I never heard of this rule either and it was the missing part for my grip. I had the other parts right but not super consistent. I did some research but still wasn’t improving. The 70/30 really locked in my shooting grip. Simple and easy to understand and it translated beautifully on the range. Wow, I was very impressed of how effectively it improved my shooting. Great video!



  33. Lisa Marie on December 23, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Great tips. Esp the 70/30 concept.



  34. Oleg Vorkunov on December 23, 2022 at 1:20 am

    And still, with this grip, the right hand can easily slide out of the grip of the left hand, therefore making recoil less manageable. I hold a supporting left-hand grip with my thumb around the right hand, where the thumb is near the handgun beavertail. This grip provides better support for recoil preventing the right hand from moving up.



  35. Backroadscamaro on December 23, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Putting your thumb along the frame of the gun is not the correct way to hold the weapon you can see in his slow motion video his grip is broken this is exacerbated by higher recoil rounds like a 10mm by the recoil of the gun further the thumb along the frame can cause a malfunction instead your support thumb should be wrapped over your strong thumb with this method your grip will not be broken and there is no chance of a malfunction, either from the gun rocking or incidental contact with the slide. I don’t know why this ridiculous method of holding a pistol ever became popular but its dumb



  36. Coolnicknameguy on December 23, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I keep dipping my sots low, I thought it might be recoil anticipation so as I feel it break at the last micro second I lower my front not realizing it? Im going to tray the pushing up with the left hand to keep from doing that, that might be the 1 of the 4 sides of the vice I was missing and why I always shoot low. I shoot straight and tight groups but at 10 yards my headshots are hitting the neck and my chest shots the belly. Cant be the sights I do this with all my pistols, its something about me and I hope adding the extra pressure pushing up will stop me from dipping every shot.



  37. Joe N on December 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Random question, Chris, what kind of watch are you wearing?



  38. Jim Urban on December 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Is there any danger if your left thumb gets too high up on the barrel?



  39. sum1sw on December 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Good job Sir



  40. Mushin Ryu on December 23, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Awesome video. I love the detail on how to properly grip the gun. Why there was no hearing protection when it showed the shot to the target? Other than that I love it.



  41. Michael Marco on December 23, 2022 at 1:25 am

    The slide doesn’t bite your thumb with it against the separation of the slides like that?



  42. Stinkster Rekerinski on December 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Look a human parakeet.



  43. CapalotM on December 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

    nice tips and tricks!😃



  44. Henry on December 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Is it wierd that I do that sorta WWII "cup grip" with both hands?



  45. Giuseppe Gandola on December 23, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Tha,s a good way to lose the tip of your tum if you shoot a revolver.



  46. the Sanctuary on December 23, 2022 at 1:28 am

    This is what I need!
    We need a STANDARD INSTRUCTION of how to grip and shoot…
    I’m going to a shooting range tomorrow, but it’s my first time to shoot a handgun, so I need a good instruction.
    This is it…
    I have much much experience of shooting rifle, but no experience with handgun.
    That’s why I need this instruction.
    I watch this three times.



  47. cyc25ruffneck on December 23, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Great video. I’ve been shooting rifles my whole life, but I have limited experience with handguns. This was a very helpful video, and I will definitely try this out next time I go to the range.



  48. Doc Holliday on December 23, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Straight to the point



  49. Mike 54321 on December 23, 2022 at 1:32 am

    This dude is such a herb



  50. Dustin Earl on December 23, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Thanks