The following guest  article was written and submitted by Ted A Sames II, President of Sames Instinctive Shooting School.

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Ted Sames on Shooting Technique
by Ted Sames
I remember attending my first Instructor’s Meeting at my SO…The two Lead Instructors were trying to resolve a certain problem regarding several recruits and seasoned deputies. I listened carefully and knew the answer right off. I stepped up to plate and said, “Don’t you teach Isosceles?” The group turned and looked at me and the Rangemaster said, “Indeed not, Weaver is the only way!”. Another old-timer from DOE required everyone to shoot Weaver but let me off a little because I was their top shooter at that location.
There’s 3 major reasons why I do not espouse Weaver or similar methods besides it being unnatural: 1st: Situational Awareness…extreme stances block or negate 50% of view of view; 2nd: Does not allow full effective use of the protective vest…if bullets are fired in your direction, you want them to impact on the front of the vest and not enter the armpit area; 3rd: In close-up confrontations, a person will naturally punch-out or push-out toward the adversary and this is a known fact. Extending both arms out equally is easily replicated over and over again and I call
this “The Bull Dog” meaning, the Bull Dog is extended all the way out on his chain. A blind person, standing square to the Bad Guy can make hits by replicating this natural thrusting out, as an example. Recoil control: Study world class shooters as their arms are stretched out equally as a boat trailer frame…everything is equal-same angles. Upon discharge, the Bull Dog can only
go one direction and that is UP and then settles down back on target each time. That’s why trained shooters can fire rapidly and stay on target. Basically, they are doing the least amount of work! YEARS ago, I shot in the Weaver Stance as I was taught by the old-timers and noticed that my Gold Cup .45 had to be directed back on target each time after it fired because my arms were not out-stretched and were at different angles making it impossible to replicate quick double-taps or Hammers (one sight picture-two very rapid shots or more).
I have a student cover a Bad Guy in the perfect Weaver and walk from forward on the left of the shooter. I tell the shooter to indicate when he can actually see me. Add this with people who shoot with one eye closed. It’s BIZARRE because they won’t see me until I’m almost parallel with the Bad Guy. Again: Keep both eyes open-which is very natural-and get square with the Bad Guy. Your field of view will increases to more than 180 degrees.
Bad Guys actually move! All Hell breaks out with people moving…nothing is static in a gun fight. We should not be programmed by non-moving targets! If the Bad Guy goes left or right, the shooting can easily pivot on the lower lumbar area…swinging like a battleship’s turret and till be in perfect balance.
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