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Shooting stances

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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 noticably 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.

Center Axis Relock
Center Axis Relock (CAR) is a shooting system primarily intended for close quarters battle invented by Paul Castle. The CAR system features a bladed stance (the shooter's weak-side shoulder facing the target), a close-to-body firearm hold, and sighted or non-sighted fire as the situation dictates. This differs from other shooting styles such as the Weaver which feature a more squared stance (i.e. facing the target more squarely) with the pistol held squarely in front of the face and some form of sighted fire.

Isosceles stance
Both arms are extended outward, with the elbows at their natural extension. This puts the axis of recoil more or less along the centerline of the body. The stance is so named because a path drawn along your extended arms and connecting your shoulders forms an isosceles triangle.

Chapman stance (mod weaver)
Chapman uses the same push-pull tension which defines the Weaver, but instead of both elbows being bent, the gun side elbow is held straight and locked in place. Assuming a right-handed shooter, the right arm is punched straight out, while the left elbow is bent and the left hand pulls back to provide tension. As a result of this change, Chapman gets its stability from both muscle and skeletal support. This makes it a little more friendly than Weaver for those who lack upper-body muscle strength.

If you pick up a handgun what stance do you go to naturally? Why? Have you tried others?

Im sure i have left out variations of each but if its not listed an you use it tell us about it.
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CAR stance is what i will go to in CQC type enviroment like in your house clearing rooms. Some of the things I like about it is I am more mobil, such as throwing a snap kick or swinging an elbow. Another is if your pointing your shoulder/body towards the enemy your providing a smaller target, granted not much smaller but every lil bit helps. I have seen body armor for swat made to enhance this stance by having small steel plates going from the underarm down on the left rib cage for righties and right rib cage for lefties. granted these were proto types i am sure they have done something to protect both side by now.
SubGunFan said:
You don't stand the same (feet position) when shooting a handgun vs a rifle.
unless your name is Rambo...
i think we need some paintball guns a shoot house and put some things to the test. Paper targets dont shoot back..
I guess we should be more precise on applications such as long gun, pistol, or sub gun. Then break it down to comp use(ipsc,bullseye, Bianchi, etc), tactical use(cqc and open areas)
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