There are many different shooting styles out there. Some may be ideal for surprise altercations, e.g. firing from the prone position or having to react quickly from being knocked on your back.

These are the top 3 that are the most ideal for drawing and firing from an absolute concealment holster. In the terms of stability, accuracy, and maneuverability.

*These are from a standing position. I will be writing a post about more unorthodox firing positions soon.*


We use the term Isosceles because your body makes a triangular shape when presenting the firearm. Your arms and your chest form the shape of an isosceles triangle.

See, geometry does matter after high school…

The Isosceles firing position is the most common. It is being taught at most handgun schools.

The reason why it is the most common is because it works.

A few things that shooters like best are:

  • It feels more natural.

    • You are holding the gun straight in front of you.

  • It is easier to alternate between targets

    • Rotating your hips and keeping your feet planted firmly.

  • Cross-eye dominance is not an issue

    • Where your dominant eye and dominant hand are opposite.

    • I personally suffer from that issue. I am a righty but my left eye is my strong eye.

Nothing is perfect though.

There are a couple of flaws with the Isosceles.

It is less stable from attacks to the front or rear. It does not balance the recoil, in fact in some situations it can amplify it. You are off-balance putting all your weight on the balls of your feet.

It was designed to be stable for side-to-side motion. Bend your knees, if you do not you can be subject to a football tackle-style attack.

In a hostile situation, that impact can knock your gun out of your hand.


The Weaver was created by Deputy Jack Weaver of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The Weaver is useful in a tactical situation where you have to quick draw and start firing at a single target from a closer distance.

The Weaver is like the Isosceles, except for the arm angle and feet. Okay, so not that similar. Think more pentagon than a triangle.

  • The weak foot is slightly forward of your body.

  • Strong foot is at a 45° angle in line with your shoulder

  • A slight bend in the forward knee

  • A significant bend in both arms.

It should look similar to a pentagon, with the positioning of your lower arms, upper arms, and chest.

A few of the things shooters like about the Weaver are:

  • It creates a smaller profile.

  • It helps manage recoil better because of the distribution of mass.

  • It provides more stability to head on attacks.

A few things they do not like are:

  • It is harder to rotate and alternate between targets because you are turning with your shoulders, not your hips.

  • Your shoulders can get sore easily due to the awkward tension.

  • If you have cross-eye dominance, it can be difficult to retrieve and maintain a good sight picture.

The Chapman (Modified Weaver)

The Chapman Stance named after Ray Chapman, a competitive shooter.

It is ideal for a longer range target. It is also known as a rifleman’s stance.

It is basically the Weaver, except your firing arm is fully extended and the bicep of your firing arm becomes a “cheek-weld” mount for stability and accuracy.

A few things shooters like about the Chapman are:

  • Smaller profile- like the Weaver

  • Recoil management- like the Weaver

  • Increased stability- like the Weaver

  • More consistent sight picture using the arm as a rest.

  • Cross-eye dominance is not an issue because the sights are closer.

A few things that are not loved by some shooters are:

  • It can strain your neck muscles.

  • It is harder to rotate and alternate between targets because all your motion is in your upper back and shoulder blades.

  • Effective but not comfortable.

Those are the 3 highest ranking amongst competition shooters and concealed carriers.

Shooting stances are not the same for everyone, try them out. Find what is comfortable for you and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Do you prefer one of these?

Do you have your own personal favorite standing shooting stance?