Firearm Grips and Choosing the Right Custom Handgun

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Lots of sports and activities involve a grip, like golf, tennis, and shooting. In the case of handguns, the right grip is essential to proper use as well as safety. When choosing a handgun, take the time to pick one with an ergonomic, comfortable grip. Everyone has different ergonomic needs. Consider these tips for choosing the right handgun. 

11 Things To Consider When Buying a Firearm

  1. Unload first.

    Before testing any handgun for ergonomics, check to make sure the magazine is removed and the firearm is unloaded. Double-check even if you think you're sure.
  2. Grip size.

    Choosing a handgun with a grip too large for your hand can lead to a variety of problems. If your hand is overstretched, you may not have the strength to pull the trigger. You can even injure your hand. Similarly, a grip too small can be problematic, even leading to accidental discharges. When choosing a grip size, you should be able to easily reach all the handgun's controls.
  3. Texture.

    Every handgun's grip has a different texture. The texture should not be slippery but should facilitate your hold on the handgun. It should be comfortable to touch, but not so rough it chafes your skin.
  4. Finger placement.

    There are different opinions on which part of your finger should rest on the trigger. It should be the pad of your finger. The important part is to remain consistent; your finger should always rest on the trigger in the same way. Since you have double-checked that the handgun is unloaded, point it in a safe direction and pull the trigger. You should be able to do this easily and comfortably if the firearm is correct for your grip.
  5. Arm alignment.

    When you hold up your handgun to fire, the handgun should be a direct extension of your arm.  This will allow you the best control when firing. If the handgun is too large, it will point off to the side as your hand attempts to accommodate it. With a proper grip, it will point straight on.


Choosing an ergonomic handgun leads to better marksmanship and promotes safe use. When looking for a firearm solution that meets your needs, look no further than Springfield Armory. We offer a wide selection of handguns and would be happy to guide you through the purchase process. For more information, please contact us today.

Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.