Abraham wrote:Like using one hand to shoot his pistol placing the other on his hip old guy, that was how I was taught to shoot a pistol in the Army in 1967.
Why we had to shoot employing this posture was something not explained.
Years later, I was told it came from the cavalry days. When dismounted, you held the reins in one hand and shot your pistol facing away from your horse in the other. Placing your non-shooting hand on your hip simulated holding the reins.
Sounds likely. It's also the pistol stance used in International Shooting Sports Federation (est. 1907) competions so one probably picked it up from the other. I had a Lt Col in late 70s who used it and called it the ISSF stance.