I Wonder Now About the Weaver

The stance, that is.

It used to be taught a lot. Not sure how much it’s still done formally nowadays.

What I’ve seen some of and what I’ve been told is that even those who trained a lot with the Weaver stance abandoned it in a New York Minute once they started getting actually shot at.

That said, I’m pretty sure there are shooters that were trained with the Weaver that did not abandon it even under threat against their lives.

I think on it now and wonder something about it, to wit–

The Weaver was developed by a man named Jack Weaver who used it to win competitions. The competitions were being run by Jeff Cooper in large part as a way for him to research about the best way to run a pistol in a fight. (That’s one of the criticisms offered about the Weaver, that it was derived from competition and not from actual fight experience.) The competitions were man-to-man draw-and-shoot, fastest hit wins. Until Jack Weaver, the competitors were point shooting, often from the hip. Jack brought it up to eye-line and got on the sights and was beating everybody else. So the Weaver became The Thing To Do for quite a while.

I suddenly find myself wondering, though:

Did Jack Weaver use the Weaver when he was reacting to a threat on the job? He was a Sheriffs Deputy, and would have faced threats that develop suddenly in close proximity just like law enforcement officers of all kinds do today. When a contact went wrong on the job without or on short notice, did Deputy Weaver get himself into the stance and position that Competitor Weaver did? Or did he do what I’ve seen and still seen other LE do in videos and hear about them doing other ways–get the gun up to the eye-line, maybe get on the sights and maybe not, and get rounds on target, sometimes one-handed and not in any ‘official’ stance or posture at all? What did he do when he didn’t have a chance to set up for the possible need to shoot someone?

I find myself wondering about that.

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