Analyzing Film (3 of 3): Support Hand Slippage

When the support hand slips it does not apply consistent pressure upon the handle of the pistol.


We want to have consistent forces upon the pistol, shot, after shot, after shot. If the support hand slips along the side of the handle of a gun, the forces upon the handle are not consistent which lowers the probability of consistently returning the muzzle down to the same location.

Support hand slippage is a very common deficiency and when you are aware of it, it's easy to recognize this issue, even during real time shooting (without the assistance of slow motion film).

Many shooters with this issue will recognize their support hand does not feel right after shooting a few shots, and they will instinctively recover and pull their support hand back to their original position. This recovery may look like they're covering up their mistake; however, they subconsciously know what "feels right" and are simply making the necessary corrections.

  • Chest squeeze holds the base of the thumbs in the rear quarter flank of the handle of the pistol.
  • Pressure on rear quarter flank of pistol helps maintain the support hand position during rapid shots.
  • Try to get the base of the support hand palm slightly "behind" the grip of the pistol.

Safety First!

  • Always remember to train safely. Adapting the live fire training rules will ensure we can maintain a 100% safety record when training with the SIRT.

  • All guns are always loaded.  Treat the SIRT like a live fire gun.  Don't point it at other people unless you are following strict Force on Force Safety Protocol.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.  Always have awareness where you are pointing the SIRT.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.  This is one of the best safety training you can do with your SIRT.  Be sure the trigger is off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.  Have a good ballistic backstop when training.  So just in case somehow a live fire gun got in your training space, a discharged bullet will be caught in the target area where you are training.

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