PISTOL STANCES / POSTURE

STANCE OVERVIEW 

A proper pistol stance has several key features   

1. It should be natural and upright. It should not have any unnatural twist at the waist. Your shoulders should be over your hips which are over your knees which are over the balls of your feet. You should have a slight forward lean and be able to rock on the balls of your feet not your heels   

2. You should be able to move. Don't be tied to the spot where you are being shot at. If your feet are to wide you wont be able to move.  Mobility over stability. 

3. Your arm extension should be comfortable yet firm  and aid in accurate pointing without adjustment.

4. It does not need to be adjusted after each shot or a string of shots, minimizing muscle flip. The reason to decrease muscle flip is not "faster follow up shots", Decrease muscle flip to make Aiming a continual process. See the front sight thru the arc of recoil.       

5. Your Stance or Posture should not preclude you from moving. Several stances are unnatural and don't work when walking or moving quickly.  

(Note: In the Tactical Course we introduce shooting while moving and we refer to body position as posture since it includes arm position and lean and less foot or leg position.)


WEAVER STANCE   

The Weaver stance is a bladed, support foot forward stance. The shoulders are not square to the target and at least the support arm is bent.  The dominant arm may also be bent if desired.    It uses isometric tension (push/pull) muscular force to control muscle flip.  There is a common misconception that a bladed stance limits exposure by making you a smaller target. A bladed stance exposes your sides and you are not any narrower. It also limits the protection of your rib cage and limits the frontal area of body armor.

Designed to: 

1. Have Pistol in-line with entire dominant arm 

2. Utilizes Natural Fighting Stance 

3. Easier Push (dominant hand) / Pull (support hand)      

Cons: 

1. Less mobility. It is harder to advance and retreat with your shoulders not square to the target 

2. Recoil control is not only up and down. The elbows are bent down causing a pivot point allowing muzzle flip to be excessive and erratic sight tracking   

3. Difficult to shoot from support side barrier 

4. Limits left right transitions  between tafrgets     


ISOCELES STANCE   

The Isosceles stance is a square to the target stance with your feet even and perpendicular to the target line.  Your shoulders are square and your arms are fully extended and locked.   It uses Skeletal alignment (arms locked). Arms aren't collapsing. Nothing stopping your wrists from bending upward in recoil.    

Designed to: 

1. Allow only Up Recoil 

2. Quicker Follow On shots 

3. Easier side to side transition between targets

4. More Mobility. Easier to advance and retreat with shoulders squared to the target like a normal walk 

5. Easier for small handed shooters. The pistol rotates toward the trigger finger compared to the weaver stance effectively giving a longer trigger reach 

6. Easy to teach and learn.  With full extension it tends to reduce the amount of Push some students have at the trigger squeeze, who are recoil adverse    

Cons: 

It puts all the pressure onto the wrists and shoulders         


MODIFIED ISOCELES :

The Modified Isosceles or Modern Isosceles (MI) stance is similar to the Isosceles in that it is square to the target with your feet and shoulders.  Your arms are NOT fully extended and locked. From above your arms form a diamond. From the side the arms look straight. Prevents wrists from bending backward with recoil. Makes the gun point naturally and track consistently back to the same spot.