Changing Positions While Learning to Shoot
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Changing Positions While Learning to Shoot

Changing Positions While Learning to Shoot




      

Changing Positions While Learning to Shoot


Changing Positions While Learning to Shoot

When our novice tires of one position it would be well to change to another, trying the knee-rest, sitting, or prone. He will quickly discover that it is easier to put up good scores sitting or prone than kneeling or standing, and this alone should govern the bulk of his practice—the value of the work comes from accomplishing what is difficult rather than the thing that is easy.

After settling upon the best and easiest attitude, standing, kneeling, or sitting, take that position with mechanical regularity, never varying it a particle. The whole effort now is to acquire mechanical skill as indicated by trained muscles and nerves. It is not wise at this stage to attempt quick firing; the training that comes from deliberate holding is now a far better schooling.

It will shortly become evident that the knee-rest is only less difficult than the off-hand; a less number of muscles are put under strain, but these are cramped into unaccustomed positions and are certain to show the effect of it. Don't be in a hurry to finish with this preliminary practice; it is the foundation of rifle shooting skill and might well be kept up more or less persistently throughout the rifleman's life.

The object should be to make uniformly good scores rather than a few center shots and the remainder about over the target; ten shots in the bull at twenty-five yards are better than eight in a half inch and two gone wild. The regulation bull’s-eye at twenty-five yards is one inch in diameter. Ordinary skill would place eight out of ten shots in this when firing off-hand, as many from the knee, and ten straight either sitting or prone should not be especially difficult.

When this degree of proficiency has been reached the rifleman is ready for promotion to the outdoor brigade, ready to take up the match rifle on the range or to shoot in the woods and fields, judging distance and studying trajectories. The succeeding chapter will take up this branch of rifle firing.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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