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Which Shooting Stance May Be Right for You

 Which Shooting Stance May Be Right for You


Every shooter’s goal is to improve their consistency and accuracy on the range. Yet, beginners often get so caught up in improving skills such as sight alignment that they often forget one of the most fundamental aspects of making sure that they hit their target, their shooting stance.


It serves as the underlying structural platform that influences all other techniques. You will find that every shooter you ask seems to have a strong preference for one type of stance over the others. As you begin to develop your skill set, use these strategies to figure out which shooting stance works best for your abilities and purpose.


Know The Most Common Types of Stances

There are three main types of shooting stances that you will come across, and these include the isosceles, weaver and tactical stances. The isosceles stance is often the first that shooters are taught because it tends to feel the most natural.  Additionally, the majority of people find that they can hit a target with fairly decent accuracy even as they are learning. With this stance, you face the target square on and hold your arms straight out in front of you in the shape of an isosceles triangle.


While many people love the isosceles stance, the weaver stance is fast returning to popularity among new shooters and stationary target shooters because it enables greater stability and control over the firearm, and therefore accuracy.


With this stance the shooter essentially blades his body (positions sideways) positioning his dominant foot back while the support foot moves forward.  The shooter’s strong hand and arm push forward fully, the support hand pulls back slightly, exerting a stabilizing isometric grip on the gun, and the support arm’s elbow bends to accommodate the asymmetry.


The Law Enforcement community, however, prefers not to use this stance because it leaves a significant portion of the torso unprotected by their protective vests, Also, it is difficult to move quickly in the weaver stance.  The tactical or fighting stance blends the first two stances together in a way that many shooters find improves their aim and retains tactical mobility.


Get Professional Instruction

One of the biggest advantages of going to an indoor gun range is that you have the option of seeking professional instruction. Each one of the stances requires you to hold your body in specific ways for it to work properly, and a simple mistake such as holding your shoulders wrong could affect your ability to effectively use a stance to its fullest capabilities. When you are working to improve your stance, ask your individual instructor for feedback that allows you to maintain proper form.


Practice To Discover What Works

The best shooting instruction relies upon your commitment to continue to practice your skills. Once you have learned the basic stances, make sure to practice each one until you discover which feels most comfortable. Then, you can focus on improving your preferred stance until it becomes your natural method for shooting. As you do, remember that you may need to change your stance depending upon your intended purpose or if you change firearms since certain stances give you different levels of control over your weapon.


The right shooting stance for you depends upon a variety of factors, and you may find that switching from one to another is essential when you shoot for different purposes. By taking the time to learn proper form and identify your preferred stance, you can look forward to watching as all of your other skills also kick in and improve your accuracy.