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I can’t find any info on it. It’s a pretty cool detail and was just wondering if anyone can shed any light?
I can answer this!
Ichabod is shooting a pistol, so therefore he would default to the position he learned to shoot a pistol. During the Revolution (and the time surrounding it), they used flintlock pistols. Flintlocks were extremely inaccurate, and therefore outside of war, their most popular use was dueling.
There are a couple of reasons that I will posit he does this:
1) The two-handed pistol grip did not become common until the 2nd half of the 20th century. The most common citation for the position is the Weaver Stance, which dates to the late 1950s.
2) As flintlocks were commonly used for dueling, proper stance would indicate that you present the smallest target to the person shooting at you. Therefore, they would turn their bodies parallel and make one continuous line.
3) Guns at that time, were prone to terrible failure, maiming the shooter. One-handed stance it is, to minimize potential damage.
4) Even if he were using a cavalry pistol, he would still shoot one-handed. You needed the other hand for your reins. That carries through to his ground stance as well.
5) As for the hand behind the back, it was a fairly common stance, especially for dueling. Besides looking good (which, believe it or not, is a pretty common reason for shooting stances), the arm behind the back provides a cantilever along the shooting axis. As I said, he would be shooting one-handed, with his body facing outward and his arm on the same plane as his body. Putting his arm/hand behind his back acts as a steadying force and balance that would allow for aiming what would have been a quite heavy pistol.
tl;dr He shoots that way because it’s what he would have been taught back in the 1760s/70s as proper pistol technique.