How to Take the Low-High Pistol Shooting Stance

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We've gone over arm positioning and those things. Now we are going to get into what I like to consider postures or positions at the ready. We have a low ready which I will demonstrate. The low ready basically is where the weapon is down here and I will equate it to the action movies we've seen in the 70's and 80's where a person goes in and you'll see him down here and they will clear room and come from up here to down here. This is essentially the low ready position. Okay it still has its place used by law enforcement military but there are different theories to go along with it. Down here the reaction time if you need to engage, if you are walking down a corridor and someone pops out in front of you, the team to go from here to here, that's an argument. Down here if someone comes and grabs it, you'll never be able to get your firearm up. You may be able to get a round off but it is going to go to the ground so you won't effectively be able to engage a target. There are a lot of different theories on the low ready. Also, is the medium or high ready which is again, you'll see most military and law enforcement use. When you come to the medium ready is when I'm out here and say I'm on target and I've given a command. No threats available what so ever. Okay come to the medium ready. I just bring my arms pretty much in and my weapon is facing down. Okay my weapon is facing towards the ground. If you are in a specialized unit where you have a bunch of guys and everybody is at the low ready and it is kind of exaggerated but your hands are off the trigger and your weapons are pulled into your body right here. I like this theory because I am in control. My weapon is an extension of my arm so if I have it sticking out, I don't feel like I have a lot of control over it. But my weapon is right here and I have to go with hands on, I can still go hands on if I have to fire, can I fire from here. Absolutely. So I like my weapon close to me because it gives me more of a secured feeling. It's not just out here in lala land waiting for just anybody to take hold to it. So from here, I come to the low ready. From here I could clear a building and walk around. I could stand here all day just like that and you know if I get the command where I need to engage a target or I'm on the range and they tell me to fire, all it takes is this. I'm coming from here to here versus from down here to up here. What is going to happen you are going to come from here and go up. You are going to pass your target and have to come back down to level out and you've got to try to engage your target. Where from here just bringing it up and you can shoot from here. You don't want to have your weapon back here. That's a big no no but even if you have to shoot from here, you could but you can go from here to here. Those are the different readys. You have the low ready which still has its place and you then have what you consider the medium or high ready which is here close to your person.

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