How To Assume a Good Handgun Shooting Stance & Grip

In this episode of Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS series, pro shooter Julie Golob demonstrates the hows and whys of a good stance.

posted on November 22, 2021

Most of the fundamentals of shooting are essentially functions of hand/eye coordination, and most of them apply equally for women and men. However, there are some elements of shooting that go way beyond your contact with the gun's trigger and grip. Specifically, what about your shooting stance? Is the proper shooting stance different for women than it is for men?

In this video from Smith & Wesson's excellent GUNSMARTS series, pro shooter Julie Golob illuminates her stance on ... stance. Although there are several different very specific "poses" that shooters will assume (you'll hear terms like Weaver stance and Isosceles stance bandied about), your primary concern is stability and recoil control. What you're trying to do with your stance is to bring your weight up onto the balls of your feet, lean forward into the gun and use your body's weight and construction to absorb the pistol's recoil. 

For the most part, this looks very similar for women as it does for men. That said, a woman's body is almost always going to have a lower center of gravity than a man's. That's not a bad thing at all; you can think of it as Nature's way of making us stable, and it may actually make assuming a good stance easier for you. Take a look at this terrific video for more surprisingly intuitive and easy-to-assume pointers on your best shooting stance and grip!

Latest

Shotgun Myths Lede
Shotgun Myths Lede

Home-Defense Shotgun Myths and Realities

Shotguns make great home defense firearms in many cases, but they’re not the all-powerful bad-guy-busters you see on TV.

Madison Sharpe Joins Team Remington

The South Carolina native and current Clemson University student is taking her shooting career to the next level with Big Green for the 2022 season.

How To Make Your Own Wing-Bone Turkey Call

One of the most rewarding aspects of turkey hunting is creating your own call and using it to trick one of the most cautious game animals in North America.

Turquoise Treasures: 5 Wardrobe Essentials in the WLF Auction

If you are a fan of this color, this assortment of stunning items will brighten your entire wardrobe.

Firearm Bluing: More Than Just a Pretty Finish

While aesthetically pleasing, bluing also has a functional purpose.

Tickets Selling Fast for NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum Dinner & Auction

Save your seat at the table for the NRA’s annual celebration of hunters and hunting.

Women's Interests



Get the best of NRA Women delivered to your inbox.