I was trained quite extensively in the military as far as tactical crap and firearms training goes. I've shot expert on anything I got my hands on
while I was in, and I hold the magazine. I can't stand holding the handguard, heatshield, rail, whatever you wanna call it on some rifles.
With small rifles like ARs and (some)AKs I hold the magazine. When I need to reload I just let go, whip it out, and reload. Unless I needed to keep
mags for whatever reason then my hand is already on it for whatever kind of reload I want to go with.
Bigger rifles I grip is further down.
Rifles with small mags, and actual forestocks I'll use it then.
I've argued with some people about proper handling of a rifle makes retention easier if someone tries to snatch it. But if you let someone snatch your
rifle you're a grade A B.
In training I got into it with a SEAL who was training my class, because I said that very same thing. He said I'd be in trouble if someone grabbed my
rifle. I told him that if anyone grabbed my rifle they better hope they shoot me first.
So, in an effort to "educate" me the guy and myself got in front of the class. The drill was set up so that I wouldn't know where he was as I was
acting as the first man in a stack.
He came around the corner and succeeded in yanking my rifle out of my hand. He did this by pushing it into my chest hard, and then yanking it. Him
pushing me back helped get me out of his reach, and me letting go as he yanked on the rifle put him just enough off balance as I pulled my sidearm out
and shot him in several times. (Sim rounds)
The main point is hold it however is comfortable, and practice shooting it that way. Hell, I've used magazines as monopods before.
Even when an M4 had a foregrip, 45, or potato I'd move the thing as far back as I could.
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When I say hold it by the magazine I don't mean the whole magazine, but more like pointing one finger down the barrel, and the rest of the fingers on
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