Jack Weaver

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Jack Weaver (1 November 1928 - 7 April 2009) was a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff and the developer of the Weaver stance, a popular position from which to fire handguns.[1]


Jack Weaver was born on November 1st, 1928, in South Gate, California. He briefly attended Glendale Community College but left when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. It was around this time that he met Joy Moniot, whom he married on Aug. 30, 1952, in Glendale, California.

Jack Weaver was a member of the L.A. County Sheriff's pistol team, along with Ray Chapman and several other world class shooters. In 1955, the team and individuals won the national championships at the Toledo, OH combat range using both one and two handed stances. The team defended the trophy for most of the following decade at practice matches in preparation for the National Pistol Matches, held shortly thereafter at Camp Perry, OH.

Jack Weaver retired from the L.A. County Sheriff's department at the end of the 1960s.

Weaver stance

The Weaver stance was developed by Jack Weaver in 1959 to compete in Jeff Cooper's "Leatherslap" matches.[2] The stance, which incorporates a two-handed grip, isometric tension to reduce muzzle flip, and aimed fire using the weapon's sights, was adopted in 1982 as the official shooting style of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


  1. ^ Jack Weaver Remembered Retrieved on July 23, 2009
  2. ^ Death Of A Pistol Pioneer Retrieved on July 23, 2009