Guest post by Gloria Stokes:
Most of today’s shooting techniques we embrace are credited to some of the passionate gun shooters of our time, thanks to their curiosity. Notably, we apply these techniques every other time while protecting our homes, doing training sessions, hunting, camping, sports shooting and a lot of other applications.
This article takes a review of some of the 9 great shooters who introduced these new shooting techniques widely used today. Besides, whether you are a new or established gun shooter, you get to learn handy shooting tips for your tactical prowess plus a lot of other fun as well. Let’s take a quick closer look.
The 10 great shooters who brought in new shooting skills
1st Shooter: Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Jack Weaver – (The weaver stance technique)
Jack Weaver is undoubtedly a gun enthusiast credited with introducing the weaver stance shooting technique for handguns.
From way back 1950s, when Weaver was doing his freestyle during a pistol competition in Southern California, this technique became to be recognized by modern gun owners in two ways; as a two-handed technique and the other is the positioning of the feet in a boxing stance.
Firstly, the two-handed technique is commonly accepted for allowing faster follow-up shots. Secondly, the positioning of the feet in a boxing stance is today widely used by those experienced in the world of gun shooting, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to learn either.
2nd Shooter: Jeff Cooper – (The Modern technique)
Developed by Mr. Cooper in early 1950s, the modern technique is a method broadly used when handling handguns, especially for self-defense.
It adopts the use of a two-handed grip on the pistol for the arm to stay closer to the eye level for the perfect sighting of your target.
Cooper just like Jack Weaver and many other gun aficionados started off with point shooting trials before the method was recognized as a teachable system in the 1950s. It was codified into book form in 1991 in The Modern Technique of the Pistol by Gregory B. Morrison and Cooper.
3rd Shooter: The Gunslinger – (Fast Draw technique)
Highly attributed the romanticized Gunslingers from the western genre and inspired by gunfights in the American Old West, the fast or quick draw shooting technique is still common today.
The style involves the ability to quickly withdraw a pistol and fire it with high precision on the target. In the modern USA and many other parts of the globe, fast draw technique is applicable in shooting sports and military training sessions.
Remarkably, this style is certified by the World Fast Draw Association (WFDA), as the international sanctioning body.
Particularly, the fast draw is shot with special blanks or wax bullets, an art well perfected by the famous “Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived” and Kansas born Bob Munden.
4th Shooter: Brian Enos and Rob Leatham – (Isosceles Shooting Stance)
One of the greatest shooting techniques for handguns, the Isosceles Shooting Stance is popular from the 1980s, thanks to Brian Enos and Rob Leatham who regularly applied the skills and tactics to win most of the International Practical Shooting Confederation competitions.
The technique involves using one main hand to hold the revolver while supporting it with a hand wrap but both hands in a straight position to lock the elbows.
The arms and chest assume an isosceles shape hence the name ‘Isosceles Shooting Stance’. However, the style borrows a little bit from the Weaver Stance in the passive absorption of the recoil when firing a handgun.
5th Shooter: Chapman – (Modified Weaver)
The Chapman is a style that has been around for so many years now, thanks to its inventor Ray Chapman.
Having hugely adopted this style from the weaver’s push-pull stance technique, Ray made a huge impact on modern handgun owners by just introducing some slight adjustments.
The technique embraces the use of a side elbow held straight and locked into place while shooting. Notably, it is one of the friendliest styles to use today, especially for beginners.
6th Shooter: Jeff Cooper – (Flash sight picture)
This technique was advanced by Jeff Cooper primarily based on the cognitive ability to shoot a target.
This involves the front sighting of an image in a ‘flash’, just like a shooter quickly turned around to spot a threat drawing fast closer to his or her reaction.
Once a quick sighting is achieved, the pistol is aligned to the target for a better chance of hitting the target without any much delay.
7th Shooter: William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes – (Compressed Surprise Break)
William E wart Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes lived in Shanghai in the 1930s and were passionate about fighting techniques.
They are highly credited with their contribution to the Compressed Surprise Break, a name associated with Jeff Cooper from the initial ‘double tab’.
This technique embraced the use of a handgun, an edged-weapon and hand-to-hand style. The style is today an accomplished use in training sessions, especially in taking quick shots.
8th Shooter: Fairbairn and Applegate – (point shooting technique)
Inspired by the 1943 publication of a very influential book called “Kill or Get Killed”, Fairbairn and Applegate introduced the point shooting technique, a different approach from the conventional shooting styles.
The aim is to shoot a pistol without using the sights. Today, it is commonly known as Threat focused shooting to react to unexpected threats.
9th shooter: Paul Castle : – ( The Center Axis Relock (CAR) Stance)
Paul Castle was a law enforcement officer and trainer who had the quest for innovative tactical shooting techniques, especially when under stress.
Borrowing a lot from the weapon retention technique, in this style you assume an aggressive position like in martial arts-type stance while supporting your one side with a foot well forward. The foot position should press forward and be able to withdraw very easily as you take the aim.
As you carry your guns in one of your top rated gun range bags, if you are headed to a shooting competition, there is no doubt you will find these shooting techniques extensively applicable.
Arguably, most of them are here to stay, thanks to their embrace by today’s gun fanatics and these 9 great shooters who brought in new shooting skills.
About Gloria Stokes:
Gloria Stokes is a passionate writer and editor who loves to read and write articles over weaponry and loves to travel. She has completed her weapons engineering from the .