Proper Pistol Grip and Stance

Picture shows Lena and Kay Miculek discussing firearms.

Female readers of the Shooter’s Log can pick up some useful tips from world-champion shooters and Babes with Bullets instructors Kay Miculek and Lena Miculek-Afentul, who demonstrate the proper grip and stance to use when shooting a semiautomatic pistol.

Though this video is part of a series of shooting tips developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Babes with Bullets to provide shooting instruction for women, by women, men can employ the techniques as well.

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Comments (14)

  1. Thanks. Excellent video. Constructive criticism would be:
    It is not “left” or “weak side”. The correct the term is “support side”
    Also please ask your daughter to remove her support side finger from the front of the trigger guard. It is a bad habit, and that is not what the firearm was designed for.

  2. I believe she has got it right. You have to take in consideration the frame work of a womans hand. Most women’s hand are smaller than a mans and this would mean a different style of grip to stabilize the weapon.

  3. Learned what was called ‘Combat Grip’ a very long time ago. Have used it almost 50 years now. Learned it in the U.S. Army, then again as a cop going through my PD’s Academy, later going through an armed security course.The weak hand grip shown in the video is too far forward for proper control. Then, ‘muzzle flip’, seriously? Last time I heard that was in Firearms Training with my PD. Offender was made to do 50 push-ups. Come on folks, if you are going to teach proper firearms techniques, get it right. There are far too many people out there already that can’t properly handle a firearm, without increasing the number by teaching poor firearms handling to more.

    1. Ray, like you, I was military then on the PD (45 years ago). But what they were teaching then bears but slight resemblance to current shooting thinking and practice. As with improvements in weapon design*, the bar on shooting skills has been raised as well. Some of the newer methods and procedures ARE better than what we old timers were taught back in the day.

      *I’ll agree that not all the new stuff is best for everybody, use what works. And I don’t like the plastic guns, though I’ll grudgingly accept lightweight metal frames. However, my Sig P229 is light years ahead of my old Colt Python duty gun when it comes to firepower. Guns like the Sig would have saved officer’s lives had we had them back then.

      I appreciate the old time craftsmanship that went into building the Python and the training we had back then . . . but, the new stuff is better. Much better.

    2. Taught students to absorb all advice. Keep what gets and keeps you on target and can the rest.

    3. ^^^

      If it works for you, great. If not– try something else and/or go to a different trainer

    4. Roy,

      Hate to ‘burst your bubble,’ but many things have evolved for the better since 50 years ago; most notably the optimum grip for a semi-auto pistol. Fyi, it was in the late 70’s that folks like Rob Leatham, Brian Enos, and Todd Jarret (to name a few) began experimenting with ‘better ways’ to shoot faster with acceptable ‘combat accuracy.’ This quest was due to the beginnings of IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) and then USPSA…….and other competitive shooting sports. The stuff you see on this video is a ‘lineage’ to the greatest shooters on the planet. Nobody worth their salt in the shooting industry would dispute the basics of this grip. More news for you…….the TOP units in the military and LE organizations have evolved and use the grip shown in this video. BECAUSE of the work done in the competition shooting world, there is a set of fundamentals that are adhered to with shooting a pistol with combined speed and accuracy. The action pistol shooting sports have served the industry much like the racetrack has served the auto industry. Therefore, with all due respect, your ‘refuting’ the stuff shown in this video simply shows you have failed to understand the evolution of high speed pistol shooting and where it is today. Unfortunately, you are at least 25 years behind the curve as the grip shown is as ‘normal’ and common now as is the laptop computer. I hope you can perhaps open your mind and consider getting some quality instruction. Do your research, get informed……..Trust me, shooting FAST AND ACCURATELY has many uses!!!

  4. Better Gun Control. Using both hands I hold my Glock in my right hand and place my left hand under my right hand. Works for me. Than I can Rock my Glock.

    1. Feet slightly apart for a comfortable stance. Shoulders straight . Slight lean forward. Checking left and right. When backing up don’t take steps slide right foot to left foot then slide left foot back. This way you won’t stumble. When in a shooting situation keep moving. Distance is your best ally. When not shooting you should be reloading. Practice practice practice. I see so many police officers that put on a firearm that hasn’t been shot in a long time. I can’t even know if they ever clean them. It’s a tool of their trade and they should be totally comfortable with the use of it. Same as a carpenter using his wood working tools. Can you imagine a plumber coming to your house and not knowing how to sweat a pipe. Or a carpenter not knowing how to use a saw.

    2. Glock Guy, Completely agree with you. I teach my 9 year son to hold his left hand under his right with his left elbow tucked against his ribs. For smaller or weaker shooters, left hand under right provides more strength to hold the gun. As other comments suggest, try several grips and use what works.

    3. well this blew my world. I go for the video and I learn some things in the comments. Lemme get this straight– your “weak” hand is actually under your “strong” hand? Anyone have links to other posts about this “reverse grip”?

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