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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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I use the Isosceles position when I shoot two handed with a handgun. I seldom shoot a handgun with 2 hands. I have been shooting Busseye style since 1963. It feels uncomfortable and awkward to me to use two hands on a handgun. I think it is important for defensive shooting techniques, to learn how to shoot proficiently with either nad and two hands. My results with none hand seems to be as good as my results two handed. The only time this is not true is when I shoot a double action revolver. I can do fairly well with double action with either hand.

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