SKILLS: The Myth of the “Perfect Stance”

Adapting to any situation is a very important ability in handgun shooting, competition or defense. Here’s a few ideas on how to hit the target — no matter what!

Team Springfield

Rob Leatham stance.

We all strive for perfection — but sometimes perfection is not possible. When it comes to shooting stance, a scenario will often force you to use an “imperfect” stance. So how do you train so you can still make your hits?

Expecting to obtain the perfect “training” shooting stance is all well and good. But it’s not realistic. When it comes to real-life fast-shooting or competition scenarios, your stance has to be about getting acceptable hits on target as quickly as possible. It’s always a speed versus accuracy equation. You sometimes have to make “less than optimal” work in order to win.

The fact of the matter is that driving your torso forward while you’re shooting (to accommodate for recoil) helps resist pushing your frame back, keeping you in control and on target.

Don’t let your balance move to your heels. Trying to be comfortable and statically balanced is wrong. You have to absorb and resist the forces of recoil — and that is hard to do standing straight up.

Achieving the perfect shooting stance isn’t a reliable goal. In fact, there are drills you can try that prove that, even in a non-ideal shooting scenario, your body will know what to do to achieve a stance that still maintains accuracy.

Place a target at desired distance.

Put a short obstacle in your shooting area, such as a chair.

Begin moving around the obstacle.

Shoot at the target while continually moving around the obstacle.

Keep moving until the mag is empty.

The beauty of it is, your body compensates for the movement and learns how to move and find balance. So quit trying for perfection in your stance — your body will instinctively know what to do.

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12 thoughts on “SKILLS: The Myth of the “Perfect Stance””

  1. How about pulling the “Team Springfield” picture and post one of someone who’s pro Second Amendment and stands by gun owners! Rob’s a sellout just like the company he’s being paid by!

    1. I respect that you have an opinion about Mr Leatham. Do you have some facts to support your accusation? I’ve seen conduct himself as a gentleman for 9 years at our range, Rio Salado, without any hint of anti Second Amendment.

    2. Agreed. It is impossible for any open minded, clear thinking individual to accept advice or instruction from someone who is clearly, overtly and nonapologetically advertising or endorsing a company, whether paid or unpaid.

  2. Being right handed, I like the “bladed stance” left foot slightly forward, body turned at a 30 degree (more or less), left hand applying just enough pressure against the gun to correct any pulling to the left caused by accidental incorrect placement of the trigger finger.
    This corrects or alleviates 3 problems: (1) People have a tendency to rock back and forth in the full frontal position sending their shots too high or too low. (2) When both arms are extended equally as shown in the picture, it doesn’t leave much correction leeway for the above mentioned trigger finger placement. (3) the bladed position of your body gives your opponent less of a target to shoot at; always a good thing!
    I am a range officer and NRA instructor and a great many new shooters have really tightened their groups by using this technique at our range.
    This may be subjective and open for debate; but it works for me.

    1. Charles Head and others

      Can you tell us how Rob and Springfield sold out and damaged other Illinoisans?

      I haven’t heard a thing, about anything, pertaining a Rob Leatham or Springfield sell out

      Was it a concealed carry law or magazine limit? Was it something along those lines?

      1. Springfield Armory & Rock River Arms Made Campaign Contributions to Anti-Gun Rights Politicians (by way of the IMFA)

        SA & RRA Response is Here:

        Hope this helps you with that issue.
        My previous post was meant as a response to Mike Margotta and RG.

      2. A. White

        Thank you for the links. I read them last night with your other post, that didn’t show up in this blog but I could see the links in my email

        It is definitely bewildering to say the least

  3. Whereas all of the stances that we have seen over the years can be helpful in finding your perfect stance, the fact is that in a self defense situation you may not even be able to have a stance. So, it would be helpful to do some shooting from different positions that you might have to be in. In a target shooting scenario, the perfect stance is something to strive for.

    1. On this I definitely agree. Multiple targets will invariably mean a wide variance in stances or non-stance, lying down on your side or in motion of direct contact.

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