This is a discussion on NRA Basic Pistol Class within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by mditurno I am an instructor as well ... I also repeat the steps of assuming the 'proper' shooting stance over and over ...
To be honest, I wouldn't worry about her stance. Look at it this way, in a defensive situation is she going to have time to think about stance? The answer is NO. Her concern is going to be getting her gun into play and stopping the threat. If she were competitive shooting, that would be a different matter.
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A lot of women have a hard time with any of the typical stances due to their body build. My wife is one of them.
The NRA course is what I took for my CPL... 8am-7pm. The State only requires 8 hours though. THAT was a long day...
With all respect, you guys need to stop trying to find fault and momentarily set aside that the lady was "leaning back". That's not the point of this thread; the program introduces ladies who've never fired a weapon before to the world of handguns. That's a big and very important step -- something for which she should be commended. (Besides, it was her first time for God's sake. )
While we're at it, why not pick at her grip? It wasn't perfect, either, but who cares? Give her a chance and be glad she's out there learning.
BTW, the NRA Women On Target program that my gun club puts on costs $21.00 per student, includes all ammo, handguns, range time, with each gal assigned her own instructor and classroom time.
I'd like to add that women talk. (But that's common knowledge) They talk a lot to their friends.
When they have a positive experience with firearms, they share that with their girlfriends.
We really need more women shooters to be involved and help preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights. Don't run them off by nitpicking their first performances.
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I took the NRA basic pistol class and I learned a lot as a new pistol user.... I wanted to learn more, so I took the NRA CPL (concealed pistol license - Michigan) class a few weeks later...I am looking for a class for advanced users. I feel you can never learn enough about the responsible use of handguns.......Glad you had a good time in your class!!
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BillK01, what range do you shoot at? The only public range in the Pittsburgh area that I've found is A&S in Youngwood, PA. Since Bullseye on Cambells Run closed, I haven't been able to find anything local.
Ive spent years trying to get my wife into a better stance, but she does it to counter ballance the weight of the rifle.
Here's one of her shooting a much lighter Stevens Favorite.
But as much as it bugs me I let it go, Because if she is happy she will go shooting more often! And the more time she spends with me the happier I am! DR
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Most women attempt the weaver stance and find it uncomfortable. Then they drop their strong side leg/foot back and find it a bit better, but they'll often modify it by going into an exaggerated isosceles stance. I've seen it with almost every new female shooter. In the meantime, they also usually incorporate a lean until corrected.
I believe Ayoob covers this in his combat handgun book. I know I bought another book that stated the same thing...it was a 2011 or 2012 book too. I've also read about it in Combat Handguns magazine more than once.
BTW, I never said the stance couldn't be corrected... My wife had this very issue and we're still fighting it.
This is why we need a Women's Forum....exactly the reason.