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Question about C.A.R. stance

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Have been reading about stances to improve accuracy... came across a stance called the CAR (Center Axis Relock) stance.

I am not sure if I understand what they mean by "cant" (See picture below). Is it referring to rolling the dominant wrist inward, effectively "leaning" the gun inward toward the non-dominant hand?

With the CAR system, recoil is reduced greatly. This reduction is achieved through the use of either of two main stances, and by "locking" the muscles and bones of the arms which is accomplished by slightly canting the gun hand.

The canting movement, though slight, greatly enhances stability by changing the alignment and relationship of the muscles and bones in the gun hand arm.

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Yes, it seems quite different than what little training I have received. The difference, I guess, is that CAR is for real world and other stances are for the range.... with the benefit that car is more natural for the shooter. At least, that's what I understand about it.
dbsoundguy said:
Very interesting, That looks like it would take some serious and constant training..seems like it works good for LE and military..
I am going to try it the next time i go shooting :D
I wonder how much time that would take to truly learn as second nature..

Pretty cool post
I have practiced it with a non-loaded pistol, and it does not seem that hard... no more difficult then other stances IMO. The creator of the stance claims that it is more natural in that, the eye is closer to the sights on the weapon, within a more normal field of view, while the extended arm stance which most of us use at the range, is less natural because the eye is further away from the sights of the gun. Also take into account that, in a real world situation, if an assailant is close to you, this stance makes it more difficult for an assailant to disarm you because the arms are close in to the body. In contrast, if you have your arms extended, then the assailant has more leverage on you because your arms are like an extended lever, making it easier for an assailant to disarm you.

Check out this video... it shows the creator of the stance using the CAR stance
Brizzo said:
I haven't truly practiced it in a vehicle but for those of us in our right mind - LEFTIES - it looks like it would be hard to emulate without telegraphing or making yourself a bigger target by moving forward some.

From what I have read, there are different methods of stance involving the feet depending on the situation. However, from what I have read, this method can be used if you turn your body, weak foot forward, strong foot back, so that your body is turned slightly, effectively making yourself a smaller target. That is how I practice it and it feels okay. Honestly, the more I practice this stance, the more natural it feels to me. I am beginning to like this stance a lot. I cold practice in my home sometimes when my family is away, coming out of my BR closet with my unloaded weapon, using this CAR stance. It makes a lot of sense if you imagine walking through a darkened home, at night, using this stance.... arms closer to the body, gun at eye level or close to it, ready to take action if necessary. It just feels right and makes sense in a home defense situation, IMO.
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