I was watching Star Wars Rogue One yesterday and noticed this. Odd I did not see it when I saw the movie in the theater. Although it is only used for a brief second. The scene is from when the rebels free Jyn Erso from the Turbo Tank. The first guy into the confined space is clearly using a thumb over bore grip technique, more commonly referred to as the Costa Grip.

I am curious who this actor is and whether or not his use of the Costa Grip was instructed by someone behind the camera or was it something he picked up from another movie? Perhaps he plays airsoft or real guns and actually uses the Costa Grip for guns other than movies. Hopefully this catches the Actor’s attention and perhaps he could comment. I am very curious as to why he used the Costa Grip. It is rather noticeable just like the Surefire X300 on Baze Malbus’ gun.


  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    People like to take the piss out of this grip, but is it actually a good way to grip a rifle or is it just some mallninja tacticool?

    • ProLiberty82

      It really works great but you have to have a long hand-guard on your gun for it to work properly, if you can’t stretch your arm out (short hand-guard/getting hot) you’re better off with a vertical grip and thumb forward/semi C-grip.

      It’s one of the reasons you always see long hand -guards on competition rifle’s, so it’s more of a sport thing than a tacticool thing at this point.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        So i’ve heard, the thing about it being a sport thing that is.

      • ostiariusalpha

        It’s also a somewhat more fatiguing technique, which is fine for a competition run, but not necessarily so great when you can’t predict when an actual violent encounter is going to end. If you over-exaggerate the pose, your arm will also block your vision on the support side.

        • Preacher

          Mh…. sorry, have to disagree.
          Sure – you will find a situation where this comes into play.

          To bring in some expirience many will laugh at:
          In Airsoft we simulate by the amount, or intensity, after time many situations.

          In the time since 2009, when I got as an Airsoft Player and stationary, competive small caliber shooter to the army, and went more intens into airsoft, I tried to face modern isoscales and all the history around that.

          Because MagPul where the “cool oversea” hype as an europene, I spend watching/dry training to their materials aswell.

          So, after all the years playing Airsoft with an Over-Bore Grip at short (reallife) / mid (Airsoft) distances, in dynamic (moving) scenarios, with all kinds of positions (expc. standing, straved on something, behind some improvised cover, kneeing/bending) as soon as it got loud and I hopefully remembered, I would say right now, that the blocking of vision because of that grip never got into play.

          Even with different heights of the grounds between me and other players, I can not remember any situation where I felt like that.

          Exp. if you are moving, which is in CQC and w/o proper cover some good idea, I feel like there is no issue with that.

          So – at the end of the day: Have to go threw many IPSC/IPDA/Force-on-Force or Stage Running to achive that much of real “Rifle properly shouldered and aiming” time like at airsoft. If it does not apply there, I rarely can consider where it would come into.

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          • ostiariusalpha

            Alright, cool story, bro. Glad you could share your experience.

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          • Phillip Cooper

            Can we get a non-google translation?

      • valorius

        I’ll stick with my VFG, thanks.

    • CommonSense23

      It’s a excellent grip. Its been around since Vietnam. But it gets a lot of crap due to its prevalence in competition and from people liking to bash on Costa.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        You know, Costa seems to be a pretty chill guy. He sure do looks like a try-hard with the beard and one million accessories on his ARs, but i remember that video that James Yeager made (out of all people) where he (Costa) responded to the whole “costagate” thing and said that people should learn to have more fun with firearms. Not as in play around with them but rather not pretend to be an elite operator at every given moment.

        • Anonymoose

          He shaved his entire head a while back.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            Did he start jumping through the air in slo-mo with dual deagles afterwards?

    • iksnilol

      Good for speed/shorter ranges. Horrible if you’re going past 150 meters or so.

  • Chris DuBois

    Very often, the stunt performers in movies are well trained with various firearms trainers. No doubt he has attended a Costa class or a derivative of. I picked up on this on my first watch and immediately attributed it to the stuntman/extra’s personal training as none of the other rebels did it.

    • MadMaximusDesimusMeridius

      Why does everyone act like Costa/Haley somehow invented this? People have been doing this for at least two decades. Those two simply made it a bit more “mainstream.” I use it sometimes, but it depends on what my body is doing. If I’m shooting while moving I sometimes find myself using it, but if shooting from behind cover or a myriad of other positions I’m using a magwell hold or leaned supported or whatever.

      • Chris DuBois

        I guess it has become like Q-tips (Cotton swabs) and Band Aids (Adhesive bandages) 😉

        • Cory C

          There is a term for this. It’s called a proprietary eponym.

          • RocketScientist

            Always thought the term was generic (sometimes genericized) trademark

    • Blake

      Or what really happened which was a ton of the extras were veterans who won the rolls in contests.

  • Bill

    Or somebody just picked the thing up and that’s where their hand fell

  • Alan

    “The Force moves darkly near a creature that’s about to kill.”

    “His weapon was in the sniper configuration”

  • Tinkerer

    “Hope Costa-senpai notices me”

    • Cal S.

      He didn’t look like a Japanese airsofter…

  • Josh Mathews

    According to an article Task and Purpose published, many of the extras who played rebel alliance personnel are active duty or veterans of the British Military.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      Probably the users least likely to employ this shooting position, given that it isn’t taught & doesn’t work with a bullpup. Unless he’s SF of course… 😉

  • DanGoodShot

    Wow… a whole article AND comments (mine included) devoted to how some dude decided to put his hand on his gun… What do you mean gun owners are obsessive??? Lol

  • Gary Kirk


    Must have CCCEEEEEEEEE CLAMP grip..

    Must be tactical..

  • Jim_Macklin

    Real combat vets have to have a job when they get a discharge. Maybe this was an American vet or maybe an SAS vet since the movie was filmed in Europe.

  • valorius

    I think i just threw up a little.

  • valorius

    So cringe worthy.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    If the bullet hits where your aiming quickly… its all good.

  • healthycuriosity

    “On the catwalk, on the catwalk…I shake my little tush on the catwalk.”

  • Chappy

    Many of the rebels used in that scene were Veterans who won (through a contest) roles in the film.