Green Light Shooting

I know this is kind of a cheat for the first tip. I’ve already posted a video on each of these and I’ve already linked a video to Costa coaching on grip. But first off, my grip and stance videos are really old. And second, the Costa video is talking about fairly advanced techniques. I want to hone in on a really quick brush up on proper technique for grip and stance because without these, none of the other tips will matter.

This is truly the “learn to walk to before you run” tip. If you’re a new shooter, practice this grip and stance and perfect it before moving on. So let’s go into these a little bit deeper than the video explained so you an have a full understanding of this if you’re just starting out.

First off for grip: “Using your dominant hand, get a firm grasp on the gun. Push your hand up as high as you possibly can. On the back of a semi-auto gun, beneath the slide, there is usually a little plastic tail that protects the webbing of your hand from the slide. Push up as high into that as possible. The higher your hands are on the gun, the less recoil you’ll feel. Next, take your weak hand and wrap your fingers around the fingers of your dominant hand. So all four fingers of your weak hand should now be resting on the 4 fingers of your dominant. Now, you’re going to point both thumbs forward toward the muzzle. Your dominant thumb should rest on top of your weak thumb. This should also force the butt of your weak hand’s palm to fit on the grip of the gun right between your dominant palm and your fingers.” – Taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be released in the coming months. You can also refer to the video for a visual representation of this technique.

For stance: “First, square your feet and your body up to the target. Set your feet about shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly in an athletic posture. You also want your hip to be bent slightly so you push forward with your upper body. You know that feeling when your hands are full of groceries and you just entered your house but you can’t shut the door so you stick your butt out to shut it? That’s how I learned to bend my hips. Stick your butt out like your hands are full and you need to shut a door. Next up, we want high shoulders so shrug those shoulders up slightly. I was always told to “roll your shoulders forward” as well. This helps with the next part. Stick your arms straight out. You don’t necessarily need them fully locked out but I usually hit about 95%. Now, if you raised your shoulders and rolled them forward enough, your elbows should now be pointed out. When I say “out”, I mean to your left and right, not down toward the ground. This helps to mitigate recoil. If your elbows are down, the recoil will travel up. If your elbows are out, the recoil will travel back. This is important because it helps to keep your sights on your target instead of losing it every time you pull the trigger.” – Again, this excerpt was taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be for sale on Amazon’s E-Book section in the coming months. 

Because of the nature of the Green Light Quick Tips videos, it’s hard for me to go into much detail. But, if you’re curious about the tip and want to learn more insight, watch the video first on YouTube, then head over here to the blog to learn a little more about the technique. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or shoot me an email at

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next week when we release two more videos on tips to becoming a better shooter.

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