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Watch Mike Ox: Which stance is best for self-defense shooting?

There are a lot of theories on the best stance for self-defense shooting…Weaver, Isosceles, Fighting, modified, hybrid, etc. That’s a fun question if you’ve got time to get a perfect stance, but oftentimes, reality will feed
you a situation where you’ve got to make a choice between taking the shot with a bad stance or taking the time to get into your perfect stance. So, today, we’re going to look at whether you should engage at off-angles or take the time to square up to your threat.

Perfect stance vs. odd angles…which is faster?

There’s a lot of talk on what the best “combat” shooting stance is.

In my mind, that’s the wrong question.

If the situation gives you time to get a perfect stance, then take advantage of it.  It’ll probably make you more accurate.

But what if you don’t have time to get a perfect stance…

and all of your training has been done with a perfect stance?

That’s bad.

If that’s the case, you’re going to have to figure out odd-angle shooting on the fly when success could make a difference on who lives and who dies.

So, how big of a difference does it make when you square up to the target vs shoot at odd angles?

Let’s see

Most training doesn’t take this into account…not in classes, and not when individual shooters are practicing.  But your training should.

Because when that day comes when your skills are tested, you’re not going to have time to think your way through the problem.  Your reactions are going to need to be smooth, fast, and accurate.

So, next time you’re able to…try this with dry fire and a par timer.  See how big of a difference there is with being squared up, turning to square up, and engaging at an off angle without moving your feet.

And, if you want to figure out how to master this skill (ridiculously easily) using cutting edge brain science, I want you to check out our Gunfight Training Presentation by clicking >HERE<  It’s free, but seats are limited, so make sure to sign up now.  A lot of people (especially instructors) watch it multiple times to soak in all of the knowledge bombs that get dropped, so it’s going to be worth your time to watch this.

About the Author /

Mike Ox is an avid defensive and competitive shooter who has co-created several firearms training products, including Dry Fire Training Cards, Dry Fire Fit, 21 Day Alpha Shooter, and See Faster, Shoot Faster. His brain based training focuses on accelerated learning techniques for shooting as well as controlling brain state and brain chemistry for optimal performance in extreme stress situations. Learn more about dynamic dry fire training for defense and competition at

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