Shooting from a firearm is not easy. Your eye, the focus, the handlebars and the target should be perfectly aligned at the start of the shot. Several shooting positions are possible but all are not feasible if the weapon has a large caliber. There are a number of champions of his shooting team and they present us a revolver that pulls almost tubes of lipstick! It’s obvious that this kind of weapon does not stand with one hand unless you’re Inspector Harry. But what is the best position to shoot at the handgun?
The Position Options
The “Academic” position for marksmanship is one-hand hold, body slant and arm outstretched. For the LTS practice exam, some exam stands require this position, others do not. For recreational shooting, the position choice is flexible. This is complicated if you are left-handed visual and right-handed manual or vice versa. (More info above?) Clicking back a bigger weapon, an eye problem, a chronic epicondylitis, a disability or something else can make this position uncomfortable or impossible. In this case or for a more “fun” shot, there are also two-handed shooting positions. In the Maryland Handgun Course you will get to know all the details regarding this.
The Weaver Position
In the Weaver position you should shoot in slanted body and weight forward (it’s a bit of a boxer position), two-handed weapon, one arm bent at about 45 °, an arm almost extended and elbow slightly toward the outside. There the front foot (20-25 cm forward) is directed towards the target and the other is pointing 45 ° outwards. The notion of strong shoulder and weak shoulder can be taken into account for the choice of this position. You may also need to tilt your head slightly to the side of the extended arm to see the handlebar sight alignment.
The Chapman Position
In the Chapman position it’s a bit like the Weaver position but the front foot is less advanced and the body is more vertical. The arm on the strong side is this time tense and some support their cheek on the biceps as for the shotgun. People who have muscle problems with the Weaver position will prefer the Chapman. In the same way, the crossing of the manual and visual literalities is easier to manage. The decline is also better assumed by this position. Some consider this position to be the most accurate of the two-handed shooter positions. In the isosceles position you have to place body facing the target, weapon taken with both hands, the two elongated arms.
Academic Shooting Accurate?
The more distance between the eye and the sight, the more precise the alignment will be. This is a bit like in the expression “I retreat to see if 3 poles are well aligned”. Suppose there is 20 cm between the handlebar and the sight. If you are in an academic position, your eye will be within 80 cm of the target. (Ratio of 4 times the distance sight-handlebar). If you are in the isosceles position, your eye will be within 50 cm of the sight. (Ratio = 2.5). If you are in Weaver position, your eye will be within ± 40 cm of the sight. (Report = 2). The choice of your shooting position therefore depends on your weapon, your physical strength and the type of shot desired: sporty or fun. In the Maryland Handgun Course you will be taught that properly.