The stance is the base for the handgun shooting platform. Not only does a proper stance assist in controlling recoil, it also allows you to move and react quickly and to draw your weapon with minimal movement. The proper stance consists of:
- Shoulders square to the target.
- Feet shoulder width apart.
- Weight slightly forward on the balls of the feet.
- Head remains high and still with chin pointing at the target.
- Ears in front of shoulders, shoulders in front of hips.
- Be comfortable.
Types of Stances:
The shooting stance is basically a support or shooting platform. The quality of the stance is a major determining factor in creating conditions for maximum control and accuracy for shooting. A high degree of control is necessary to deliver a rapid, accurate shot. Every individual is unique and possess characteristics that are theirs alone. These characteristics include height, weight, muscular and skeletal development, degree of flexibility, and more. Therefore, there can be no universal shooting stance that can be utilized by all people.
Each shooter, under the guidance of the firearms instructor, and consistent with safety, must find the shooting stance which is best suited to them and provides the greatest degree of stability and accuracy for handgun shooting. The shooter must be able to assume their stance instinctively, as a reflex action with minimal effort or conscious manipulation of their body.