It is my hopes that this may help some of you in practicing some basic, and solid, fighting stances with your sidearm. A special thanks to my lovely wife for being the camera operator for this.
Keep in mind that safety comes first always! Ensure your firearm is completely unloaded before handling in this manner, and ensure you double-check before you start practice.
The first picture here is a basic standing engagement stance. Pay particular attention to how I am gripping my sidearm. This is known sometimes as the "push-pull" grip, and is very effective in recoil management and quick sight acquisition. The second picture is a close up of this grip.
The next set of two pictures is the close retention position. This is used mainly for keeping the pistol at a ready position while maintaining good retention, muzzle awareness, and positive control of the sidearm.