Worlds Collide: Mastering the 1911 Grip and Fire

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 11, 2016 1:26:44 PM


If you want a 1911 style pistol for personal defense, you can't go wrong with an Enhanced Micro Pistol® (EMP®) - and if you learn how to get a proper grip, you can come away from the holster ready to fire accurately and quickly.

Welcome to "Worlds Collide," bringing together the perspectives of two of the shooting world's top minds, Rob Pincus (Personal Defense Network®) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™).

Getting a 1911 Grip

The guys offer up a rundown on operating a 1911 - in this case, the EMP® 4" 9mm pistol. The key is the draw and subsequent grip, which Rob L. walks through with Rob P. on the range. So what makes the EMP® great for personal defense, anyway?

It’s the reduced circumference of the grip. The EMP is small, thin and flat! This makes it easier to grip for many hands while maintaining that good old 1911 feel and familiarity. 

When it comes to learning how to best handle a 1911, Leatham breaks it down to two paramount factors:

  1. Come down on the gun to depress the grip (avoid the scoop draw)
  2. Keep the thumb safety on until the support hand is secure

The trick to getting a great grip is consistency in how you first contact the gun...and, its importance cannot be overstressed. After all, a proper grip enhances speed, accuracy and pretty much everything else about your shooting.


Topics: Shooting Tips, Worlds Collide

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®.