Pistol Grip Analysis By Michael Seeklander

Mike Seeklander

Michael Seeklander posted this video on Facebook. He breaks down the shooter’s grip, for firing a pistol, into some very simple and easy to follow steps.

His demonstration of what the support hand can do alone is rather impressive.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Nicks87

    What was so impressive about that? Apparently, this guy is the Mr. Obvious of the firearms instructor community.

    • robert w

      Yeah, well this isn’t targeted towards anyone with firearms training level of skill. This is targeted towards new shooters that are trying to figure out why it seems like their little 380 is flying all over the place after each shot, compared to the guy they see down the line with good technique, who doesn’t seem to move an inch when blasting off a 10 auto.

    • JaredN

      What is impressive about Seeklander? How many other instructors are USPSA Grand Masters? Not many. Seeklander can shoot. I mean really shoot. 50′, draw from the holster, two shoots on a USPSA target at about 1 second with the shots less than an inch apart, dead center in the A zone.

      He has great incites about how to train to win – shooting techniques, visualization techniques, and mental toughness.

      And Seeklander will demonstrate every technique for you, unlike some instructors ( I’m looking at you, Rob Pincus).

  • Wolfgar

    I can attest Mike Seeklander is one of the best firearm instructors in the world. I shot with him at a local match where he was giving a class that same weekend and he is very impressive. The difference between good shooters and masters is always the way the basics are performed. It was this exact problem of how I was applying my grip pressure that made the difference for me.

  • sam

    Yech support hand. Olympic shooters and I don’t use it.

    • claymore

      Nobody is shooting back at them LOL.

      • sam

        No, indeed, not at me when I’m one-handing it either. If that were to happen I’d switch to a different shooting range. I’m not sure what your point is though 😛

        • claymore

          The point is they can one handed because NOBODY is shooting at them while they are shooting. Other operational people may have people shooting back so they need to use the two handed holds.

          • Dan

            I think he was being silly

          • sam

            Yes, but sincere also. I know there are various two-handed-is-more-tactical narratives, but I don’t subscribe to the ones I know about and there are probably others. So the shooting-back scenario alone doesn’t have any definite meaning to me, with respect to the support hand.

          • sam

            I get that people feel the need to use the support
            hand. I see it as like having two hands on the steering wheel,
            it works OK, some drivers feel more comfortable that way especially in stressful situations, but I wouldn’t call it mechanically necessary. With handguns, even in a military situation or the like I don’t
            think it’s totally necessary to hold a gun like a squirrel clutching a
            nut (that is to say with both hands). Then there are the
            disadvantages of doing it that way such as getting the gun further away from one’s face and the simplicity of not having extra muscle groups involved and acting against one another.

          • sam

            excuse me, having the gun closer to the face, that should have been, as a disadvantage of the two hand hold.