Captains of Crush: Improving Shooting Grip Strength

When I was a kid, I was a big Hulk Hogan fan. One Christmas I received a Hulk Hogan Hulkamania Workout Set and I was so excited. In that workout set was a hand gripper and I would click that thing closed constantly.

When I think of grippers, for hand strength, I can’t help but think of that old workout set. It made it difficult to take the Captains of Crush GrippersOpens in a new tab. seriously, despite a variety of gun bloggers speaking highly of them.

One of my weak areas has always been grip strength. It is not quite like getting a dead-fish handshake but I tend to be kind of gentle on the gun. To continue with the handshake comparison, I exert about the same amount of force I would when shaking a woman’s hand. It has gotten me by but I know that a stronger grip would help with recoil management.

I decided that I would place an order and get myself a Captains of Crush Hand Gripper. Perhaps using it a few times per week would increase my strength and inadvertently cause me to hold onto the gun tighter? Not wanting to hurt myself, I ordered the Trainer which is rated at 100 pounds.

Closing the gripper isn’t very difficult, even with my weak hand, but doing ten reps is much more difficult than I anticipated. Three sets of ten reps left my forearms tired. Like any workout, when I was finished I had a sense of satisfaction wash over me.

I’m going to continue using them, multiple times per week, to see if they help improve my grip. I’ll be moving up incrementally as I progress but will probably skip the half sizes (at $25 each the cost adds up quickly).

Captains of Crush Hand Gripper - Trainer

Ask The Readers

When it comes to shooting a pistol, how much force do you exert on the gun? Do you do any training to increase grip strength, and if so, what does your regiment consist of?


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

One thought on “Captains of Crush: Improving Shooting Grip Strength

  1. I did a lot of manual labor growing up so I still have a fairly decent grip. How much force I exert on the gun? Again no idea. I have seen videos of me shooting my old Beretta Mini Cougar in .45 ACP and I know I can control the recoil.
    As for a cheap & easy-to-do exercise, utilize your time at the wheel of your vehicle and the wheel itself while driving. Compress & relax as traffic permits and as many times as you can stand it in blocks of 20 repetitions. Do it one hand at the time. Bonus points if you do not alter your car’s traveling path while crunching.

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