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The CoC® Silver Bullet Hold: Rules & World Records

IronMind developed the Captains of Crush® (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold as both a training tool and as an event for grip strength contests: visually appealing and intuitively obvious, the CoC Silver Bullet Hold has been featured in grip contests from California to Russia, with stops in Finland, England, Ukraine...

Dmitriy Suhovara proved to be a tough competitor, as well as an indefatigible, organizer: he racked up a very impressive time of 43.44 seconds on the CoC Silver Bullet hold. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen photo Competing at the 2016 APL Armlifting World Championships, Dmitriy Suhovarov broke the world recrod on the Captains of Crush No.3 (CoC) Silver Bullet Hold with a time of 58.53 seconds. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Whether you think your hand is too big, too small or just right for a gripper, the Silver Bullet is perfect.  Hold on as long as you can.

clay edgin coc no. 4 silver bullet hold Traveling from Santa Cruz, California to St. Petersburg, Russia to strut his stuff at the 2018 Armlifting World Championships, Clay Edgin broke the world record on the No. 4 Captains of Crush Silver Bullet Hold. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen

Men's Current World Record Holder

Captains of Crush No. 3

Dmitriy Suhovarov 58.53 sec. May 14, 2016

Men's Past World Records

Captains of Crush No. 3

Kody Burns 57.15 sec. May 2, 2015
Igor Kupinsky 54 sec. July 27, 2013
Mike Burke 53.97 sec. January 20, 2013
Alexey Tyukalov 52.49 sec. September 29, 2012
Juha Harju 46.6 sec. September 9, 2012
Mark Felix 43.25 sec. January 9, 2012

Men's Current World Record Holder

Captains of Crush No. 4

Clay Edgin 19.44 sec. May 5, 2018

Men's Past World Records

Captains of Crush No. 4*

Jesse Pynnönen 19.12 sec. February 3, 2018
Alexey Tyukalov 17.8 sec. May 7, 2017
Jedd Johnson 15.32 sec. February 18, 2017
Clay Edgin 5.62 sec. January 8, 2017

*Started January 8, 2017

Women's Current World Record Holder

Captains of Crush No. 2

Amy Wattles 45.42 sec. January 26, 2014

Women's Past World Records

Captains of Crush No. 2

Amy Wattles 30.05 sec. June 30, 2013
Elizabeth Horne 23.22 sec. September 23, 2012


The IronMind® CoC Silver Bullet Challenge: World Record Attempt Rules
  1.  A genuine IronMind Captains of Crush® No. 3* gripper must be used.
  2.  The gripper must be new, in an unbroken package and opened on the spot.
  3. Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the gripping hand, but nothing else is permitted (liquid chalk, for example, is specifically disallowed).
  4.  A genuine IronMind CoC Silver Bullet must be used, with 2.5 kg of weight hanging from the silver bullet strap and this weight may take the form of either an IWF or IPF certified/recognized (calibrated) plate or some other weight that has been demonstrated to be no less than 2.50 kg on a certified or otherwise demonstrably accurate scale. 
  5.  The CoC Silver Bullet is inserted by the competitor no deeper than up to the top edge of the clear band, so that the script Captains of Crush® is legible, and so that all four fingers are in contact with the CoC gripper handle (dropping the pinky completely off the end of the gripper handle is expressly prohibited). The CoC Silver Bullet must be aligned with the handles of the gripper, which cannot overlap with the CoC Silver Bullet in what we call a three-point position.
  6.  Using one or two hands, the competitor closes the CoC No. 3 in his own time so that the two handles hold the CoC Silver Bullet in place and once this position has been achieved, and only one hand is holding the gripper shut, the referee gives the signal to start the clock.  If the competitor fails to get a secure hold on the CoC Silver Bullet, he is allowed one chance to reset it. 
  7.  The hand must be held with the gripper approximately vertical.
  8.  Time stops when the Silver Bullet drops from the handles or when the referee observes any opening of the gripper handle for any reason whatsoever.

*IronMind has welcomed women to the event as well, with the rules being identical to those followed by the men, except that a CoC No. 2 must be used, rather than a CoC No. 3.

Print a copy of the rules and referee form here 
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