KNEELING POSITION.The kneeling
position (fig. 11-27) is a natural position that can be
assumed quickly. It is suitable for use on level ground or
on ground that slopes upward.
SITTING POSITION.There are three
variations of the sitting position:
1. Open leg
2. Cross leg
3. Cross ankle
The position used depends entirely on the shooter.
The open-leg position (fig. 11-28) is especially suited
for use on ground that slopes downward. The other two
alternate sitting positions are the cross-leg position (fig.
11-29) and the cross-ankle position (fig. 11-30).
The most important single factor in marksmanship
is trigger control. Everything about your position and
aim may be perfect; but if you do not squeeze the trigger
properly, your shot will not go where you aimed it.
The key to trigger control is that the trigger must be
squeezed smoothly, gradually, and evenly straight to the
rear. Any sideward pressure, however slight, applied to
the trigger during its rearward movement will likely
result in a wide shot. Similarly, upward or downward
pressure on the trigger will result in high or low shots.
Trigger control can be done as shown in the chart on the
When you fire from the standing position,
coordinating the trigger squeeze and proper aim is
critical. You must start and continue the squeeze only
when the front sight is momentarily at rest or is slowly
moving in the smallest area of the bulls-eye.
Inexperienced shooters usually tend to snap shoot in
this position; that is, they attempt to complete the trigger
action instantly as the front sight moves across the
aiming point. This invariably results in jerking the rifle
and producing a wild shot.
Figure 11-28.Open-leg position.
Figure 11-29.Cross-leg position.
Figure 11-30.Cross-ankle position.