June 11, 2004, 10:06 PM
Well, happy birthday to me on the 10th. So anyway, I acquired a Springfield 1911 From my grandpa, OD green, G.I version. My first handgun. Theres a gunshow tomarrow, and ill be getting ammo, but onto my question.
Where can one view the different stances online? Examples of them. With maybe some instructions on how to do correct form And such.
June 11, 2004, 10:57 PM
I have some pictures of the isosceles and Weaver stances on my webpage
here (http://www.firearmsprimer.com/marks/marks_2.htm), or you can click on the link in my signature below to get to my main webpage.
Hope this helps.
June 12, 2004, 01:26 AM
I use a 'modified' Weaver, I think.
Stand with feet parallel, shoulder-width apart. Knees bent just slightly. Pretend you're in the batter's box at home plate on a baseball diamond. Feet, hips, and shoulders parallel with the line created by the pitcher's mound and home plate. The target is at 1st base (if you're right-handed); point to first base with the right hand, and grip the right hand with the left as in the pictures linked above. Left elbow bent with left arm almost vertical; the power in the left limb is much more easily harnessed the more 'vertical' the left arm is positioned. (Keep your L elbow between your chest and the gun, not your shoulder and the gun.) Right elbow is not locked, but bent so slightly that an observer may not think it's bent (my right elbow is usually bent quite a bit). Both thumbs forward on left side of gun, *slight* tension push-pulling with hands. Elbows are held stronger than hands. Bend forward just *slightly* at the waist, so that recoil is absorbed by the upper torso and arms, and not by the lower back.
June 12, 2004, 10:24 PM
You probably want to try both the isosceles and Weaver and then modify to suit your own anatomical mechanics. It's good to start with these classic positions because so much has gone into them over the years.
Personally, I am unable to use the isosceles because of extreme discomfort after a few minutes. I can use a modified Weaver all day. Only you know which is best.
All instructions for how to stand, etc. are guidelines. When you first try a Weaver, raise the gun to firing position without trying to aim or point it at anything in particular (and follow all safety rules, of course!). Just let it point naturally where it wants to. If the gun is not pointing at the target, rotate your entire body as a unit, moving your feet, until it is. This way you are not exerting a continuous effort. This is where your feet want to be. Soon you will find this position without actually going through this process.
Nice gun, by the way. Bought one not too long ago.