A peculiar feature of the typical Schuetzen rifle is the thumb rest. Where to place the thumb when firing a rifle is always a problem. If placed on top of the tang it spreads the hand too much, causing an upward contraction of the forefinger in place of to the rear. To such an extent is this true that sometimes two ounces of force are necessary to pull the trigger where one ought to suffice. For this reason some place the thumb along the side of the grip in place of over it, but then it has nothing to rest upon. The problem has been solved by cutting a groove into the grip the size of the thumb, over which extends a steel plate. In this groove the thumb rests as securely as the fingers do in their place on the lever.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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