Monday, June 17, 2013

Ready Positions

Weapon Ready Positions

These are what I mean when I use the following terms in regards to ready positions. I use all of them, as there is a time and place for all of them.

It's up to you to decide how and if each ready position will be useful to have in your tool box. 

High Ready:
Muzzle is just below the eye located between the target and the eye.
Low Ready:
Muzzle is at the base of the target or just below a targets hands. 

Muzzle Up/High Port:
Buttstock is tucked in the strong side armpit held tight into the body with one arm. Support arm is free allowing support arm to be used in a stack or in a pumping motion while running.

High Ready:
Muzzle is just below target at eye level.
Compressed Ready:
Tucked in tight to the upper chest on your centerline. Allows positive control of the weapon in close quarters.

Low Ready:
Muzzle is held at targets feet or just below the hands of the threat. 

Muzzle is held pointed down and slightly forward of your feet.

Muzzle Up/High Port: (Not pictured)
Held near shooters strong side head to ensure no muzzling in close quarters team movement. Support hand is free to open doors and keep contact in a stack. Also allows for safe running with the weapon. This is the same as with the rifle.

Low ready movement in stack:

Held at strong side. Support hand is free as in Muzzle Up. Pay close attention to muzzle direction for safety.


  1. Bourne, trying to remember back to our low light training from last year. I seem to recall going to the compressed ready position after an iteration of a drill and scanning. Do I remember correctly? It has become what I guess would be called my default position after a drill prior to re-holstering or moving to the SUL position if not re-holstering. Does this sound logical/reasonable?

    Good post, thanks.

  2. The compressed ready is the default position I remember showing and recommending to you last year. It does a good job of weapon retention for scanning.

  3. What qualifications do you have in attempting to teach or judge on the issues you brought up? You look like your twelve…

  4. Coming from an Anonymous poster, you sure have not much going for your comment.

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