The following guest article was written and submitted by Michael Adam.

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Shooting Standing
By Michael Adam.

Shooting a rifle standing in offhand is something that most of us have grown up doing. This is how we learned to shoot, but, that does not always mean were are good at shooting in the standing position. Shooting well from the standing position takes a good bit of training
and skill.

Everyone has their own Individual techniques they like to use and that work for them, but no matter who you are or what techniques you use, they must be practised for them to remain viable skills.

Try to pick practice days that are not all sunshine and 3 knots. The windier, colder, hotter, the more bug infested the day is the better. You shoot differently depending on the weather, the temperature and your own personal conditions with respect to outside stimuli.

For a traditional standing, I face 90 degrees to the strong side of the target. With my spine, including my head and neck , elongated and erect, and my strong arm at a right angle to my body, creating a pocket in my shoulder joint. I bring the rifle to my face, not the other way around, and place the bottom corner of the rifle stock into the pocket created in the shoulder joint.
This will normally leave an inch or two of the buttstock extending above the shoulder. I use an adjustable sling fashioned in the “Hasty” position to provide additional stability for the rifle.

I know I personally have difficulty trying to hold the sights on the target without moving, so in order to place the sights on the target to make the standing shot, I move my sights up onto the target from below it as I am exhaling into my respiratory pause. I time the pause to coincide with the arrival of the sights on target. I am also timing the break of the trigger squeeze to match the singularity, which is the point where the respiratory pause is reached and the sights arrive on target. I approach the target from below so I can time the shot better, rather than have the target revealed as the sights drop below the target, which has a tendency to create a late shot.

If I am taking a consecutive shot, or engaging an additional target in the same target area, I repeat.the process. For a string of shots on the same target, I use the above process and fire one or two shots on to the target then break my position by keeping the buttstock in the shoulder pocket while lowering my rifle, and continue to keep my eyes on the target. I take a breath or two then raise the rifle back into my line of sight with the target and begin the process of taking the shot again.

It is very important to stay inside of your respiratory cycle while in the shooting phase. You must maintain a consistent breathing pattern. You can not hold your breath during the process, you must run through your respiratory cycle, shortening it or stretching it out to meet the arrival of your sights on target.

As always when making the shot, your follow through is very important. When the trigger brakes, your universe should be frozen. Hold the trigger back to prevent any movement of the rifle before the projectile leaves the barrel and take an immediate snapshot of where the sights were when the shot was made. Your mental snapshots and the impact of the rounds on target should coincide.

Take your time on the range to work on the things that affect making the shot. On windy days, work on learning to shoot inside the wind. Practice making every shot inside the Rifleman’s Bubble. Working on shutting out all external stimuli and leaving only you, your rifle, the target and the shot you are about to take inside your universe. Block out anything not required to make the shot. The heat, the cold, hunger, thirst, and any doubt that you can not make the shot.

This is just one person’s thoughts on making the shot in offhand standing. I hope it has been helpful.

For more information, attend one of the Appleseed Project two day rifle marksmanship clinics http://www.rwva.org

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