Massad Ayoob on Thumb position

Discussion in 'Training' started by B81, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
  2. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I've always shot thumbs forward because "that's what you're supposed to do." Now I'm curious about trying these other thumb positions.

  3. ak_in_ca

    ak_in_ca Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2020
    Never particularly cared for him just because of his lack of real world experience. He is a wealth of technical and range knowledge along with legality and use of force but much like Chris Costa (Coast Guard) I don't put a ton of faith in instructors on deadly force who've never fought for their life or had rounds slung at them? Just my humble opinion
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  4. BluGrass

    BluGrass Active Member

    Jan 13, 2014

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  5. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    I respect Mas and his opinion but....... I really do believe there is not a one size fits all when it comes to grip. For instance I carry and shoot J frames quite a bit and using the method Mas demonstrated leads to my trigger finger hitting my support thumb. I modified my grip so that my support thumb rests on the knuckle of my firing hand thumb.

    I say give them a shot but just remember what works for Mas may not work for you and vise versa.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2020
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  6. PI Lawyer

    PI Lawyer Active Member

    Feb 19, 2020
    Thumbs low works best for me. And it mitigates slide and hammer bite with polymers and Hi Powers.
  7. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    I don’t trust a guy who gets his nails manicured...check out the video. I have office hands, but his are beyond that .
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  8. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Guys in SWPL including Leo's and Gunsite guys called him "Assad the boob".
  9. IndyExit

    IndyExit Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    I've always used a low thumb because it gets your hands out of the controls of any gun and it tends to act as more of a vice.

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