Handgun Stance Basics: Weaver Stance & Modern Isosceles Stance (VIDEO)

There are a lot of people who have been buying their first handgun of late. If that’s you, you should watch this.

But even if that isn’t you, it’s good shooting insight. If you’re a Weaver shooter try Isosceles, and vice-versa. You might not change your primary stance but it’ll serve as an exercise, and exercise does a body good.

I was taught the Weaver stance when I first learned to shoot handguns; of course nobody called it the “Weaver stance,” that was “how you shoot a handgun.”

Then a while back I thought, hey, I should at least try this other way of shooting and haven’t really looked back since.

Weaver is nice for all-day shooting, when you have nothing but time and ammo on your hands and the sun at your back. It’s comfortable and it’s easy to keep your muzzle on-target.

But I prefer Isosceles. It’s more aggressive, it’s easy to switch between targets and track moving targets. It takes more out of you, it requires more energy to stand that way, but it keeps your center of gravity lower and makes it easier to turn to shoot one-handed with either hand.

One thing I don’t do is lock my elbows and shoulders. I’ve found that’s a poor substitution for using your strength to deal with recoil and again, this is exercise, you shouldn’t use your bones and joints to absorb impacts.

Instead I keep my shoulders low and lean further out. It’s that much more aggressive and allows for even more fluid body motion.

That being said, a bad stance and a loose grip has turned away more beginner shooters than anything else I’ve ever seen.

If you’re new and not going to remember the difference between Knitting and Sophocles stance, in order to shoot a handgun well you have to do two things: grip the gun tightly and lean forward a bunch.

The rest you can work on as you improve.

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