I did a search and really couldn't find anything related, but if there's a thread already open about this, please direct me.
My husband and I went to the range last week and he's always on my butt about stance. :smile:
I don't even know what the majority of the stances are called but he's been trying to get me to adopt a stance where I stand with my feet about shoulder width apart and straight across, my body completely parallel to the target, bending at the knees. That leaves my gun out in front of me, square with my chest, and both arms at equal length to my gun, which messes up my grip as well.
Every time I try that I feel like I'm going to fall over and my shooting is HORRIBLE. I feel like a good swift breeze could knock me over and so absorbing the recoil of firing really leaves me feeling uncomfortable.
Maybe it's because I took violin or because I shot WAY more rifles growing up than handguns, but my preferred stance is with my left leg slightly forward and bent, my right leg back and a little straighten, but not locked, my body ever so slightly cocked at an angle to my target.
At that stance my gun is slightly placed on my dominant right side and secured in my right arm and since my left shoulder is slightly more forward than my right, I have more of my left hand to wrap around my grip to get it tight and secured.
I've always shot with both eyes open to ensure my peripheral vision is all that it can be in case a threat should come from either side (unless I'm shooting long distances with rifle), and in my own stance I can do pretty darned good (at least better than when I'm pressed to adopt another stance).
I'm truly not stubborn and stuck in my ways and I do try to accommodate but eventually my right leg starts traveling to the rear and I start cocking my body and I don't realize it until my husband says, "Check your stance." If it will help my shooting I will try other stances and other grips and so forth, but so far any other way has only caused me more problems than it has helped me.
So what about stances? Do we each have our own that is best or is there a handguner's stance that is supposed to be the Bible stance to be followed? When we go to our concealed weapons class this fall will I have my wrists slapped for my quirky stance? Should I try to force myself to adopt a stance that is awkward at first and wait for it to "grow" on me?