About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Two different body positions work with the two-handed grip—the isosceles stance and the weaver stance. Due to the stability it provides, the weaver stance is popular with “action” gun competitors and also works for hunters.

Two-handed grip isosceles stance

To position your body in the isosceles stance:

  • Face the target straight-on.
  • Keep your feet parallel and comfortably separated.
  • Hold the gun with the two-handed grip.
  • Hold both arms with your elbows fully extended and comfortably locked.
Two-handed grip weaver stance

To position your body in the weaver stance:

  • Keep both of your feet parallel as in the isosceles stance, or place your weak-side foot slightly ahead of your strong-side foot.
  • Turn your shoulders at about a 30- to 45-degree angle to the target.
  • Bend both of your elbows.