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Pistol Shooting Stances : How to Lay on Your Back When Shooting a Pistol


True to form, like we just went over the one-handed
and the kneeling positions, we’re going to go into an unconventional method of shooting
which a person could be put in depending upon what they do for work, and what their circumstances
may be. Whether you’re a homeowner and an intruder has broken in, and you happen to
trip and fall back — any position you land at, you’re able to defend yourself and effectively
hit a target with a firearm. So, what I’m going to demonstrate right now — which is,
you see it on TV sometimes, but it is trained in law enforcement, possibly, and military
— I’m not for certain, but I’m guessing it would probably be a good thing for the
military to do if they haven’t already done it, which I’m sure they have, would be shooting
on your back. So, from this position here — this is a simulation, as if I’ve gotten
knocked to the ground for some strange reason, or I’m in my home and the intruder comes in
and I trip over my children’s toys and I fall down, but I still have my weapon. I can effectively
engage my target from right here. If a target’s coming at me, I can effectively engage it.
So, my knees will come up — I don’t want to be like this, because that could take a
risk of shooting myself in the foot — it makes things more awkward, it is more difficult
to make a shot from this position, it’s not the most comfortable position even though
you’re laying down, you’re stretching your neck to come up to engage your sights to make
the shot. This is a dire type of position. If you wind up here, things are really, really
bad, so then you take the shot, you pretty much are going to be fighting for your life,
unless you train this way. So if I’m in training, I’m going to take my time, sight picture,
trigger control, breathing — line up my sights, and you can come up as much as your stomach
muscles will allow. That’s the part of it — that people don’t realize. You’ve got
to incorporate stomach muscles when you do this. You can’t just lay on your back and
start shooting. If you want to effectively hit your target, you have to bend and sway
a little bit. So, I’m engaged with my target, okay, boom, I fire my round. You can fire
from this position — this is the lying on your back position. You also have either side,
where I can engage from this side. I would bring my feet back and stabilize my hands,
bring my feet up, and stabilize my weapon hand with my knees squeezing them. And I line
up my sights, and I can take the shot. I can do it on this side — I can also do it on
this side. These are unconventional shooting postures and positions, but they’re great
for training tools and it’s just letting the person know that can effectively hit your
target from these different positions — if need be.

58 thoughts on “Pistol Shooting Stances : How to Lay on Your Back When Shooting a Pistol

  1. You can shoot the gun from any position and any angle and any downfall as long as you can point it at the target. Nuff said,.

  2. I've always wondered about having to shoot inside and blowing my ear drums out in the process. My hearing means a lot to me.

  3. Thanks; but I meant that in a self-defense situation where a bad guy is in the house it wouldn't be likely that one could put ear plugs in and then shoot. So the only option would be to shoot with no protection and hope that the .45 ACP doesn't wipe out the ear drums.

  4. Thanks, again. When I was a kid I hunted a little but am no longer able to have my heart tear anymore at seeing animals suffer. (I know, I DO eat meat, but still…)

    I once shot my .45 outside (of course) without ear plugs just to see how loud it was. Big mistake. I can only imagine how much hearing damage would occur firing it inside without protection. But like you said, when one is in a situation the adrenalin flows and time would go into slow-mo and the MASSIVE BANG wouldn't be quiet so bad

  5. You have a point.

    Maybe I could make sure the evildoer sees that I have a very big gun and he'll back out and I'll not have to do anything more, saving my life and hearing.

  6. Usually you don't have to opportunity to say "Hold on I have to go put on hearing protection before I defend myself"

    So you are most likely not going to have hearing protection……..I would rather have some ringing in my ears then being dead

  7. Maybe one could just point the pistol at the bad guy and tell him to turn around and then just start beating him over the head (with the pistol) until he passes out.

    I don't want to lose my hearing. FWIW, Helen Keller said of her hearing that she'd rather have it than her eye sight. (She had neither, of course.)

  8. hearing < life

    If you are in a training situation use hearing protection. If its life or death no other considerations need to take place 🙂

  9. in a home invasion scenario, i personally would rather not have earplugs, because if im coming downstairs where this invader is lurking around, i want to be able to have my hearing to be better able to locate him before engaging, considering most break-ins like that are going to be at night, and your eyes will be of less use.

  10. if someone broke into my house and i happened to trip over 1 of my kids toys, the intruder wouldnt be the only 1 in pain after the incident

  11. @xSpartanCx It's called a joke. Perhaps you real gun fanboy should learn that. Not everyone who plays CoDs or leaves CoD-related comments use that for all of their knowledge. You're stereotyping. Let me stereotype. Everyone who whines about CoD comments on real videos are skinheads with small penises who will never get laid, unless it's with a man. It's not like ExpertVillage even speaks the truth. A CoD Fanboy has better information.

  12. this is the only one from "expert" village that makes sense. some of the comments below are stupid! your in a fight for your life, on your back, your adrenaline is pumping, you have tunnel vision, concealment and cover aren't possible, and this technique won't work? wait……your suppose to call time out and reposition yourself! uh huh! this technique will work just fine

  13. With all respect… if I'm on my back and someone is trying to kill me to the point where I even need a gun, I'm guessing I won't b thinking about sight picture, breathing, trigger control. My hunch is I'd be thinking of shooting the assailant as many times and as fast as I can pull the trigger so he/she/it doesn't get to me to finish me off. just sayin'…

  14. the point isn't to think about it but to train with the technique till you don't have to think about breathing, trigger control or sight picture, it should come naturally because you train with it its the same way with any shooting techniques.

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  16. This stance should be called "lead pregnancy" position cause he looks like he's about to birth a child on his back.

  17. For some reason i always read this acronym (ftw) as “fuck the what”.. LOL I know it makes absolutely no sense but thats the way i read it.. hahaha.. Just thought i would share that bit of information.. 🙂

  18. How to Lay on Your Back When Shooting a Pistol; or how I like to refer to as the bruce willis/die hard stance.

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