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Handgun Shooting Stance

Your shooting stance is your foundation for good shooting. It provides a solid base for controlling recoil and accuracy and allows you to move and react quickly to different situations.

  
  


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Proper Shooting Stance

It is important to be comfortable and relaxed in your shooting stance. Uncomfortable stances will make you tire quickly and add to the stress of shooting. Every shooter is different and has a unique body frame, muscular development and athletic ability. As such, no single stance can be used by all people. Each shooter must find the stance that is best suited to him/her. The best shooting stances are those that are instinctive and which can be performed as a reflex action with minimal effort.

  1. Feet shoulder width apart.

  2. Shoulders square to the target.

  3. Weight slightly forward on the balls of the feet (lean in a little to compensate for recoil).

  

Types of Shooting Stances

  1. Weaver

  2. Isosceles

  3. Modified Weaver(Chapman)

  4. Modified Isosceles

  

Weaver Shooting Stance

The Weaver stance is a two-handed technique in which the dominant hand holds the pistol or revolver and the support hand wraps around the dominant hand. The dominant arm's elbow is nearly straight while the support elbow is noticeably bent straight down. The shooter pushes forward with his dominant hand while the support hand exerts rearward pressure. The resultant isometric tension is intended to lessen and control muzzle flip when the gun is fired. ref: wikipedia.org/wiki/Isosceles_stance

  

Isosceles Shooting Stance

In the Isosceles stance, both arms are extended straight outward (neither are noticeably bent). The elbows positioned at their natural extension. The stance gets it's name from the fact that an imaginary line drawn along the extended arms and shoulders forms an isosceles triangle.

  

Modified Weaver Stance (Chapman Stance)

  1. Stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Place the foot on the same side as your gun arm slightly behind the other foot. Lean into the direction you are shooting with more weight on the front leg than the back leg.

  2. Extend your gun arm fully. In the modified Weaver shooting stance, the elbow of your gun arm is not slightly bent--as it is in the Weaver stance. Support your gun hand with the other hand, elbow bent and pointed toward the floor.

  3. Keep both elbows facing downward, not flared out to the sides. The bent elbow of your support arm should be close to your body. Lean your head toward your gun arm to sight the pistol.

  4. Turn your upper body and hips toward your target slightly more than you would in the traditional Weaver stance, which requires you to have your body at a 45-degree angle to your target.

  5. Employ the same push-pull technique in the modified Weaver stance as you would in the traditional Weaver, pushing forward with your gun arm while pulling back with your support arm
    ref: ehow.com/how_2217109_do-modified-weaver-pistol-shooting.html

  

Modern Isosceles Stance

The Modern Isosceles stance is aggressive-looking, and provides a stable platform which allows the shooter to move in a hurry if needed. In Modern Isosceles, the shoulders are forward of the hips, and the hips are forward of the knee and lower legs. Both knees are flexed slightly.
ref: corneredcat.com/Basics/stance.aspx

  

Which Shooting Stance Should You Use?

Try them all as see which one gives you the best shooting results.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.