There is a mistake that a lot of first time shooters suffer from.
That is when they limp wrist a pistol.
Limp wristing is allowing your firing grip to lessen as the slide cycles following a discharge.
This is not only tactically a disadvantage but it can also be dangerous.
Before we can discuss the issues with limp-wristing, let’s review how a pistol cycles.
The cycle of a semi-automatic pistol can be broken down into two phases; the first is the rearward motion of the slide, the second is the forward motion of the slide. The rearward motion of the slide is initiated by the force of firing. While the slide moves rearwards, the recoil spring is compressed, absorbing the energy of the slide while slowing it down.
During this phase the fired cartridge case is extracted from the barrel and ejected. When the slide is fully to the rear, it is stopped by the fully compressed recoil spring. The spring then pushes the slide forward, stripping a new cartridge from the magazine and pushing it into the chamber. The firearm is then ready to fire the next round.
Gun May Misfeed.
When you limp wrist a firearm. You are allowing the firearm to shift along with the slide. Yes, the fired round has effectively ejected. The following round may not be able to chamber properly and can cause a misfeed.
Extractor May Not Fully Eject Casing.
When you limp wrist, there is a potential that the extractor will not eject the casing from the previous round, instead it gets jammed in the ejector port of the slide. This is also known as “stovepiping”.
Obviously when you limp wrist you are not maintaining a good firing grip on the weapon, which means that the barrel can jump. When you limp wrist you are sacrificing accuracy.
So there you have it. Limp wristing is not accurate, effective or tactically sound.
There is a way to remedy this if it is a habit though.
You don’t need exceptional hand and wrist strength, to defeat “limp wristing.”
It’s all in how you hold the pistol.
Your wrists don’t need to be strong, but they do need to be locked.
Your hands don’t need to be strong, but they need to grip the pistol with all of the force you can muster, and that “death grip” must be maintained all the way through each shot, including the follow-through.
Many inexperienced shooters anticipate the shot, and loosen their grip so they wont feel the recoil as much, as if it’s going to hurt.
The truth is that, if you grip the pistol as tightly as you can, and if you maintain that tight grip, and if your wrists stay locked, the shot and its recoil will not hurt you and you will be more accurate.
But if you relax your hands or wrists at any point during the shot, it can affect accuracy and yeah, it might hurt.
Did you limp wrist? How did you over come it?