We train at learning all kinds of stances to fire a handgun ! Then when the time of deadly confrontation comes , all the bull s *** stances we learned disappear and the body will instinctively take an aggressive forward crouch with it's hands at the end of outstreched arms holding the gun [ isosceles triangle ] ___ remember the old FBI TV show ?
The definitive work on this subject matter is " Kill or get killed" by Lt. Rex Applegate ! He relates that no one will have to tell a man to assume a crouch position when he expects to fire or is being fired upon ! However , in practice , he will have to be told to assume a crouch position !
" the crouch should be natural with knees flexed and the trunk bent forward aggressively from the hips . The position of the feet must be natural , feet parallel , one foot in front of the other ; good balance , able to step off into target direction ! "
The grip on the gun will be extremely tight and convulsive under the stress of the danger to which he is mentally and physically subjected . There will be no inclination to take a stance , raise the gun, line up the sights and squeeze the trigger as in practice !
Gross motor spasms will cause the gun to be shoved /punched into the target as it fired !
Love to practice at Old colony if you can wrench me away from my sharps long range express !
Your instructor is wise ! He is allowing you a spontaneous movement /stance to build your skills upon ! Your gun over the forward foot denotes an aggressive stance and mindset which will facilitate your advance into your opponents for a kill !
You will not aim the gun , you will point it at the close range you will find yourself in ; keep both eyes open ! Practice punching the gun at a target 3 feet away and fire !
Rifle / shotgun is more deliberate shooting at longer ranges ; the gun side leg to the rear is perfect for steadier aim !
[This message has been edited by Van Canna (edited 05-12-99).]