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shooting stances for competition

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by fishblade2, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. fishblade2

    fishblade2 Well-Known Member

    Is is common to see weaver stances in competition (Prefereable IDPA or 3 gun)? I know that the isosceles stance is what I see most of the time but even with some practice (not a whole lot yet) I cannot get very stable with this stance. Is this stance used because most shots are not that far or hard to hit so stability is not extremely important or is that just the stance that everyone takes up and just learns and practices until they are most stable with it?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. AFDavis11

    AFDavis11 Well-Known Member

    I don't put much focus on my stance. Footwork is important, but I'm never in one place long enough to think about stance beyond being stable, getting to each shooting position quickly (in a shooting position) and aiming carefully at each target.

    I like to lean slightly into the gun's recoil. I compete with a revolver so "stance" is a little different than typical.

    IMO, if you have to expend time getting into a stance for accurate shooting, you might need more practice. Sometimes I'm leaning hard left, right, or I might even be crouching into a barrel. I once ran a stage that required shooting from a Jacobs ladder, the kind that spins on its axis and throws your butt into the ground. I had a hard time simply traversing it, let alone engaging targets.

    I would practice from whatever position you find stable and can move quickly from.
  3. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I see a few people at my local USPSA matches. They are always the ones who place at the bottom of the list though. I find the isosceles stance to be a lot faster for recoil control and transitions. Also find it to be the most accurate for me, with the only difference being that it I am just target shooting I lean back instead of leaning forward.
  4. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    That's what I've generally noticed too. A lot of the law-enforcement guys have it so hard-coded that they look almost mechanical going through a stage. Most of them are pretty accurate, but their times are terrible.

    Most of the top shooters don't really do anything resembling a "stance". They'll shoot standing on one foot leaning around a barricade if its faster. Virtually all of them shoot while moving if possible.

    My basic conclusion that I've come to is that "stance" for me is in the hands. Hold the gun with a proper grip and keep the sights aligned.
  5. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Since the True Weaver and the Modern Isosceles use the same foot placement...unless you are referring more to a Chapman... I take it that you are talking about arm geometry and grip pressure/tension.

    The reason many newer shooters (with less experience) tend toward the Weaver geometry is that they don't really understand recoil management. They still believe in push/pull tension and pulling the gun back down from recoil is a faster way to go. I makes a lot of sense to folks who believe in controlling the gun through strength/musculature.

    You really need to be shown how to let recoil bring the gun back to the original POA for you. It's just like learning how to break a shot as your arms reach extension during a draw. how a DA first shot isn't slower or less accurate than a SA one or how to shoot faster than 5 shots/sec
  6. murf

    murf Well-Known Member


    do you have a link to any help for the items in your third paragraph? i'd be interested.

  7. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    The first two items are covered in the 2nd link in my signature, the third is covered in the 3rd link...the 1st link is to enable you to do the other two.

    I'm still scripting the videos
  8. Deer_Freak

    Deer_Freak Member.

    You will only have one or two courses of fire where a weaver stance is more practical in an IDPA event. The isosceles stance should come natural once you start moving or shooting from cover. Everyone should learn the weaver stance and be comfortable with it. There is a time and a place for everything.
  9. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Why should I learn to be comfortable with a stance that doesn't work well for what I shoot?

    Practice a shooting method for what you do.
  10. murf

    murf Well-Known Member

    thx, 9mm

  11. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    The best example I can think of is the StressFire Star which allow you to transverse 270 degrees from one position.

    Another might be when moving laterally across a target array on your support side
  12. Deer_Freak

    Deer_Freak Member.

    I was responding to the OP, not the peanut gallery. The weaver stance does work for IDPA matches.
  13. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I have trouble with the term "stance."
    To me, a stance is what you do with your feet. The Weaver stance and the Isoceles stance do have preferred foot placement as well as a specified grip on the gun.

    There are a lot of times in action shooting like IDPA and USPSA that you are not able to position your feet like the picture in the book. And if you dance around trying to get to it, you are burning time better spent on "front sight, press, front sight, press."

    And as far as recoil control goes, the rules for that have changed. Modern guns don't kick as much as they used to. Typical calibers are smaller, power factors are lower than they used to be. And in USPSA, compensators are effective.
  14. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I'll agree that you do see it used, but generally by older shooters who've been shooting pistols for a while (maybe a long time) but who've never been put into challenging high-speed shooting with lots of movement and transitions. They do tend to place fairly low in the rankings, but that has at least as much to do with not being used to the pace and intensity of competition as it does with the inherent awkwardness of the Weaver stance.

    Remember, even Isosceles is going to seem awkward to them until they get used to the more fluid, more adaptable, more balanced and stable modern stance.
  15. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Oft time I'll see a Weaver shooter at a match who approaches a position that requires the use of cover. Almost without fail, they will crowd that cover. The other thing they have to do id shift the trailing foot (really more a person shooting from the Chapman) when slicing the pie
  16. fishblade2

    fishblade2 Well-Known Member

    I can see that weaver stance is not common and that mostly I need to focus on my recoil management, grip and trigger pull. Any good videos or articles over this?
  17. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

  18. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    You'll likely have to read it more than once...there are a lot on nuances
  19. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    Pistol: Isosceles stance whenever possible. At least from the waist up. I use the push pull draw method. Push the pistol torwards the target. Once you have sight alignment, keep the pistol up and eyes/sights aligned as much as possible and twist at your waist. The triangle of your shoulders and gun should move as a whole.

    Rifle/shotgun: Elbows tucked, left hand as far out on the forend as i can get it with the thumb over the top. Head not to far bent down. Stock just to the inside and up of my shoulder pocket. Keep the rifle mounted and eyes thru sights as much as possible.

    Walking: I try to find a spot to shoot from as much as i can to save time. If i have to move and shoot, I move with knees slightly bent using heal, toe walking. This will allow me to keep my shoulders from moving to much and keeps me level.

    Both eyes open 95% of the time when aiming/shooting.
  20. Deer_Freak

    Deer_Freak Member.

    I shot in an IDPA match. It was my first and only match. There was a course of fire that was all steel at around 20 yards. I won that course by a mile. Why? Because I was the only one there that could execute a weaver stance.

    IDPA is a joke anyway. Who ever made the rules knows nothing about handguns. DA/SA pistols like the Beretta 92 or the Ruger P95 were not designed to be carried with the safety/decocker engaged. Both pistols are just as safe as a revolver with no safety.

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