Hunter Sighting In

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HunterShooter events were designed to encourage hunters to practice their shooting on the range in a manner more in line with their shooting in the field. Too many hunters that at least bother with a formal sight-in session (and too many skip even this preliminary step) fail to attempt shooting other than slow fire from a bench rest.

I’ve seen this play out poorly many times. Here’s an example shared elsewhere.

When I helped with gun club-required membership weekend hunting sight-ins, I would see folks shooting 100-yard one-inch groups – sometimes the rare tighter groups. If they looked like good sports, I would ask them to play a game with me.

After their sighting-in I would have them stand ready with a round chambered and safety on and when I said “start” they had 10 seconds (actually lots of time) to shoulder up and fire one shot offhand at their 100-yard target.

I have done this about a hundred times. Only six times has anyone hit an 18×18-inch target with the first shot!

All are shocked! Actually, about 40 percent miss the entire four-foot square backing board. Then the learning curve comes into play, assuming a deer or elk gives you a second chance at 100 yards – oh sure. I ask them to try again. About 20 percent are on paper. By the third shot they settle in and 95 percent get on the sheet of paper. After this little drill, most get quite a kick out of seeing the effects/results from the bench to the real world of their shooting. A high percentage then stuck around to finish the remainder of their box of hunting ammunition firing from kneeling and standing positions.

– Jim Shults
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/1/17/a-few-techniques-about-sighting-in-your-rifle/

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Jeff Cooper on Benchrest

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The bench rest is a distinct obstacle to the understanding of the art of the rifle.

The bench rest is a device intended to eliminate human error, and relates to the rifle the way the dynamometer does to the motor car. It is properly used to evaluate output of machinery – not of man. A shooter’s expertise is always measured from a field position, and usually under time limitation.

Unfortunately, most public ranges are confined to the bench rest for reasons of administrative safety. Sometimes I think that if safety is all that important one should give up shooting and take up the frisbee.

– Jeff Cooper

Rifle Shooting May Predict Your Lifespan

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Simple Sitting Test Predicts How Long You’ll Live
Flexibility, balance and muscle strength are key indicators of longevity.
by Becky Lang
Discover Magazine November 2013

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/nov/05-sit-down

Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo noticed long ago patients having trouble with motions such as bending down to pick up something off the floor or easily rising from a seated position indicated a loss of muscle, balance, and flexibility, all which indicate an increased chance of mortality.

Araujo eventually developed a simple test requiring no equipment called the Sitting-Rising Test. In a study published in the European Journal of Cardiology, Araujo had more than 2,000 patients ages 51 to 80 at at Clinimex Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro take the SRT. The study concluded that people scoring less then eight points on the SRT were twice as likely to die within the next six years compared with those scoring higher and scoring scored three points or less indicated a 500% increased chance of dying within the same period compared with those scoring more than eight points. Each point increase in SRT score was associated with a 21 percent decrease in mortality from all causes.

To perform the SRT, sit down on the ground. Using no support is a perfect score of five. Using your hands or forearms on the ground or your body to help is a one point deduction for each contact. Appearing to lose balance is a half point. Then stand up, with the same scoring and deductions. Add them together for total score.

These illustrations from Discover Magazine shows how to perform the Sitting-Rising Test (SRT).


If you imagine a rifle in that woman’s hands, you’ll notice she basically assumed a cross leg sitting position. Being able to get smoothly into and out of a sitting position with a rifle in your hands and using minimal to no support to do so yields a high SRT score. As with your marksmanship, shooting seated from a bench is also harmful to your health.

Medical professionals have spoken. An ability to get into and out of rifle shooting positions indicates a maintenance of sufficient muscle, flexibility, and balance for a long, healthy life. Dry practice and live fire regularly from field shooting positions. It’s for your health!

More:
http://startingstrength.com/training/modifying-the-program-for-geezers

Proper Benchrest Shooting Technique

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Proper Benchrest Shooting Technique

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The Bench Rest: Monolith of Mediocre

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Finally, someone who gets it!

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Bench Rests and Hunting Rifles

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Ever since I’ve been away on active duty I’ve spent more time shooting on public ranges then at home. Seeing the general gun owning public, as opposed to organized event participants, has been, um, illuminating.

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