The Modern Isosceles Stance


Adopting a "good" fighting stance such as the Weaver or Modern Isosceles is an essential skill for consistent precision shooting and gun control. These seven steps will assist you in acquiring a solid Isosceles shooting platform.

'¢ Stand upright and square your upper torso to the target.

'¢ Feet slightly wider than shoulder width but with toe of strong-side foot even with support-side foot instep. Some shooters will have feet parallel, but recoil must not be able to raise toes off ground. Knees are relaxed.

'¢ Shoulders should be in front of hips, and the head, held level, should be in front of shoulders.

'¢ Heels touching ground, but 70 percent weight on balls of feet.

'¢ Clamshell hands to grip the gun lock the wrists and extend both hands outward in front of eyes.

'¢ Elbows may be relaxed but not extremely bent.

'¢ Be aggressive and lean into gun with either foot extended forward, practice stepping into your basic "fighting stance" while moving forward and backward. Repeat while walking and drawing your handgun.Practice assuming stance while pivoting to left and right. Dry-fire drills should always precede live-fire repetitions.

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