Handgun Shooting Stance
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.
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.
Feet shoulder width apart.
Shoulders square to the target.
Weight slightly forward on the balls of the feet
(lean in a little to compensate for recoil).
Types of Shooting Stances
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
Modified Weaver Stance (Chapman Stance)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Which Shooting Stance Should You Use?
Try them all as see which one gives you the best
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