Which shooting stance is right for you?

Which shooting stance is right for you?


Stance – all the great martial artists, the warriors, the samurais had it, so why shouldn’t the shooters?

Just like the samurai had command over their stance in order to shoot their bows with deadly precision, the shooters should take a long time to practice their stance that will allow for proper sight alignment, mobility, and recoil management.

While there’s a number of stances available for competitive shooting, none of them can be called the best or worst. Since they all have pros and cons, your preference will also determine which stance is best for you.

Let’s take a look at the most popular shooting stances and list out their pros and cons.


This classic shooting stance has been practiced since the Beretta. And rightly so, seeing as how it’s really intuitive and easy to learn.

To do Isosceles, you have to face your target squarely. Position your feet at shoulder width and have your toes face the target. Bent your knees slightly and lean forward towards the target from the waist. This will place more pressure on your toes and balls of your feet. When it comes to the positioning of your arms, extend them and form an isosceles triangle – hence the stance name.

While the stance will improve your accuracy and allow for better recoil control, its downside comes from that slight forward lean. The posture can tire your arms out quicker.


As far as shooting stances go, a lot of people find this one to be out-dated, even though some reputable shooting schools still teach it.

To assume the Weaver, position your non-dominant leg forward and slightly lean from the waist. Extend your arms, but don’t lock them fully out. Your dominant hand should be pushing forward, while your support hand is pulling rearwards.

The great thing about this stance is that it’s very comfortable and easy to maintain for longer periods of time and is very stable with staggered feet. However, recoil mitigation isn’t as good as in other stances and making the transition to your non-dominant side is more difficult due to foot placement.

The Modified Stance

Often called a tactical stance mostly used by the military, the modified stance is a mix of both the Weaver and Isosceles.

To assume this stance, extend and lock out your firing arm, while having the support hand slightly less bent and facing downwards.

Since your arm will be fully extended, you can rest your cheek on your bicep to acquire a steady sight alignment. The fully extended, locked-out arm also makes it easier to control recoil.

The downside of this stance is that it can be straining to hold the stance for longer periods of time.


As we’ve already said, choosing the stance you will use will largely depend on your preference. So, get out there, practice them all, and take the time to figure out which one suits you best.