The Weaver Stance

Perhaps it's because most of my handgun and combat training has been at the hands of current / ex-military and law enforcement, but I must admit, there is something about the isosceles shooting stance that drives me absolutely nuts.

Me, at Angeles Shooting Range, teaching a friend to shoot my Glock 19 using the weaver stance.
With its limitations both in flexibility and motion, I'm surprised anyone teaches it at all.  Who can check their world when rooted like a tree, arms locked?  Um, it's tough.  If you need to move or twist away from an enemy, or god forbid, pursue one, you're not going far standing there like a big triangle.

Now, like anything else, I realize this sport/hobby is a personal thing, and each shooter must engage in behavior that makes the most sense to her (or him).  And there is research suggesting that in high-stress situations, the body's instinctive reaction to real-life danger is to assume an isosceles position.

Yet, as I've conditioned my body to react with a weaver stance, just like the S.E.A.L.S. and police officers with whom I've trained, I'm more inclined to think it's in any shooter's best interest to become better acquainted with this method.

Plus, you look cooler.  Case closed.


Will Graham at: January 22, 2015 at 7:57 PM said...

Thank you! It may be a silly reason to choose a stance, but the isosceles just looks so... dorky. When I first started shooting I naturally adopted something similar to a modified Weaver and now that I have learned a little, that is exactly what I use. Just seems more natural to me and you present a slightly smaller profile to anyone you are facing/shooting at. Anyway it's all personal preference, whatever makes you most comfortable. But it seems like isosceles is all the rage these days and I just can't understand the appeal, personally.

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