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Tactical Handgun Training – The Stance

Posted by Pistol Accents on 3/11/2015 to Tactical Firearms Training

You may be considering to enroll in tactical handgun training, there are numerous ranges and special schools which offer courses.  The main objective of training is to develop superb life-saving skills in handgun fighting by building fundamental tactics and strategies.  Among these objectives, is asking the question:  Which stance is best?

There is debate on which stance is best, and many schools or courses will teach such stances as the Isosceles, Weaver types of stances, and modifications of Weaver & Bladed stances.  Much of your choice of stances will depend on how you move, shooting on the move and your transition from a static placement to another position.  Much will depend on instinct and the particular situation.  During dry practice within the course or on the ranger, you will learn more with experiential and test situations.

Many schools will teach the MOST FLEXIBLE stance because situations are not predictable, and repetitively training in a move and stance manner, may lead to a rigidity of movements which are not called for.  Understanding the situation and reacting to reduce the threat level, should not be based on stance alone.  While you are developing muscle memory and flexible training skills, your basic odds of survival will be tremendously increased by learning and adapting to different volatile situations.  In addition, real-life scenarios or situations rarely develop from the luxury of you shooting from your favorite stance.

The ideal school or course will prepare you with different types of tactical handgun training scenarios that provide you with a variety of dangers.  We know in real life there are so many variables when such threatening situations develop:  you may be in a car, there may be poor or no lighting, there may the need for lethal force, and there may be hostages involved:  The list is ENDLESS.  So adaptability and intuitive response needs to be flexible with muscle memory.  A good tactical handgun training class should incorporate a plethora of hypothetical scenarios for you to adapt to in order reduce the threat of violence and employ the strategy which is successfully carried through to the desired outcome.

Tactical handgun training pushes the human body to its physical and mental limit, and classes may require you to get medical clearance from your physician or department. A healthy diet and regular exercise regimen may help, especially since some courses list specific prerequisites, such as the ability to perform a certain number of push-ups.