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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by StanDJ77, Oct 5, 2010.
when im shooting, exactly how should my shooting stance be? is there a right or wrong way?
There are some who say you must only shoot Weaver, and others who insist that isosceles is the only legitimate stance. In my opinion, and what works for me, is a modified version of both.
What kind of shooting are you talking about? Combat, target, competetion? May I suggest you consult a professional firearms trainer in your area and see what works best for you. If you are interested in combat and self defense it is good to have a basic stance, but in most cases you can't use either while behind low cover, dodging incomming rounds.
Good advice above, FWIW, I see a lot of folks shooting like this- feet side by side, both arms extended. Since the weight of your arms and the gun are pulling you forward, your shoulders are back, and your hips pushed forward- and you are WAY off balance.
Try this- if you are right handed, take a half step forward and slightly left with your LEFT foot. Now try it. Your weight is centered above the space BETWEEN where your feet are. Your posture is upright, and you are balanced, can pivot, etc.
Me? I usually shoot sitting position. In a lawn chair. Or prone. Hammock.
What he said, as well as bending your knees, keeping your weight centered. Doing this, as c3 stated, will enable you to be able to pivot and react quicker if you need to move lateral, forward or backwards to your target.
We are advised to use the isosceles or non-dominant side foot very slightly forward stance, arms straight but with a small amount of relaxation-bend in the dominant arm. This appears to be the common consensus for competition positioning. Admittedly what has been said above about the necessity for varying stances in a self-defence scenario would hold very true - not an issue in my case.
Bend forward slightly from the waist, keep a bit of weight on your toes, knees bent. Nothing looks worse than that newbie knees-locked-straight-standing-leaning-back-thing so recoil ends up throwing the stiff, outstretched arms way up. Don't do it that way
The best stance for you is the stance that is most comfortable and has you shooting the most accurate and quick. Your opponent in the gun duel isn't going to allow you time to adjust your stance. In any self defense situation be it a gun fight, knife fight or fist fight time is of the essence. Practice as many stances as you can and see what is most comfortable, allows you to rapid fire with ease and results in accurate shot placement and that is the stance for you. Everyone will be different. If standing on your head allows you to win the gun fight stand on your head.
this is my preferred stance