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Old 05-08-2014, 01:51 AM   #1
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We hear it preached to us by instructors, professional shooters, and just good marksman. You've all heard it. Proper grip and stance when pistol shooting. On the other side of the spectrum we hear don't conform to others. For example type of gun,ammo, or caliber. We say pick what gun works for you and what caliber your best with. So with that said what do you guys think on this? Should we say if you shoot better with a different stance than the pros you should ignore it and do it the "right way"? Or shoot with what your good with??



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You learn about the basic techniques, then you choose what works for you. Get the best score, and no serious instructor will muck with your stance.



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I know grip pertains to recoil direction. You dont want recoil traveling down your thumb, you want it down your arm.

As far stance not too sure, i like to shoot in real world situations so my stance varies all the time.


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We hear it preached to us by instructors, professional shooters, and just good marksman. You've all heard it. Proper grip and stance when pistol shooting. On the other side of the spectrum we hear don't conform to others. For example type of gun,ammo, or caliber. We say pick what gun works for you and what caliber your best with. So with that said what do you guys think on this? Should we say if you shoot better with a different stance than the pros you should ignore it and do it the "right way"? Or shoot with what your good with??
if something works for a person, it just doesn't make good sense to me to change to something some might think is more proper or right.
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It depends on how much shooting instruction my students have had before they come to me as to how much I work with them on stance. I take them through what we use in competition and later work with them on off-balance, awkward stances, similar to what you might have to use in an unexpected self-defense encounter. Weaver, modified Weaver, Isosceles, etc. are just steps for a new shooter to take to find what he or she likes best and, more importantly, what works best for them. Any competent instructor will make sure their students have some stance that will help them deliver accurate, rapid & possibly sustained fire from different positions. Just a note, I had a student who was a computer store owner who kept starting out in a good, solid stance and, when the buzzer sounded, got up on his "tippy toes" to shoot. I did work with him till we broke that habit. It did not work for him and, upon seeing videos of himself, he declared that it looked funny too!

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I know grip pertains to recoil direction. You dont want recoil traveling down your thumb, you want it down your arm.

As far stance not too sure, i like to shoot in real world situations so my stance varies all the time.


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Of course. One handed, close quarters, on the move, they are all different. You need the stance in a qualifier (or a match) to shoot your absolute best.

It's like boxing. Punching is not the foundation, it's the legwork. There is only a certain way to position your legs to keep moving and stay balanced at the same time. Once you got that down, you will hone your personal style.
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I don't believe that we are lemmings jumping off a cliff.

I know what works for me in different circumstances. I teach, but I adapt my techniques to the individual I am teaching.

Not everyone is the same physically or mentally.

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If you assume a stance, you are exposed and not moving which makes a good target. It is not hard to hit a target from a good stance but if that target is moving and shooting back your stance is going to get you killed. You need to be able to shoot from any position you may find yourself in including strong and weak side and maybe even rolling on the floor. My first shots will be as the gun clears and is pointed in the right direction. This is why a gun must point naturally anytime every time. (Why I dont own Glocks.) You cant be fumbling around with your grip. You should be able to look at a target, close your eyes, bring the gun up, open your eyes and it should be pointed at the target. You need to be able to do this from any position, one or two handed, strong or weak even if you are twisted.

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good info and thoughts.. it just seemed to me that we never hear this from the pros. kinda had me thinking.

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I will say: if you did not have any Professional training in many years, and you sign up for classes as a "Refresher" of your skills, it's nice to hear from the instructor that you have a good stance or grip.


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