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Good Prone Position

Good Prone Position



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CMP Shooters' News is one of my favorite email newspublications. Information packed,talented authors, timely subjects,and all around well done. What agreat service you are providing tothe shooting community. Justwanted to say thanks and MerryChristmas. Newt E.I enjoy and look forward to TFSand the excellent articles that arepublished on a regular basis.Please keep this publicationcoming and keep the CMPactive. Don M.One of the members at SnipersHide pointed out the newsletter and the High Power Tips articles
Keep it Steady-The Elements of a Good Prone PositionPart 1-Building the Position
By SPC Matthew Sigrist 
Imagine the following scenario: You are at the last stage of fire in theNational Trophy Individual Match, firing at the 600 yard line in theprone position and every point matters. What should you reflect on asyou prepare to shoot this final string? As your eyes cloud from sweat,you realize that all you have to rely on is your experience andknowledge of the fundamentals.During the National Trophy Individual Match, you will fire 60 percent of your shots from the prone position. This article will address thefundamentals of a good prone position and help you learn thetechniques required to be successful in both the slow and rapid-firestages of National Match competition.This article will be divided into two parts. In part one, we will discussthe elements of a good prone position. In part two, we will cover thetechniques you will in the rapid-fire and slow-fire stages.
The Fundamentals
 The fundamentals are the building blocks of a position. Much like theframework of a house, a correct application of the fundamentalsensures a solid and stable structure. Since each person’s position willdepend on their particular body build and shape, there is no “perfectposition” that applies to everyone. Experience, practice andknowledge of the correct fundamentals will dictate the best position for you.
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by the USAMU team.Darn you! I was up until 1:00 AMlast night reading all of thearticles. Great newsletter andreally great USAMU articles.Thanks,Michael E.Great article written on physicalconditioning in the latest TFS. Iwas one of likely many who hadasked about the type of conditioning recommended for serious shooters. Sgt. Craig did agreat job on describing theroutines. Now it’s my turn to put itto work.Thanks to you, Sgt. Craig andother contributors who share bestpractices of shooting excellence.Sincerely,Keith H.I use these articles in our highpower clinics and have foundthem very helpful for both newshooters and reinforcement of the basics for the moreexperienced.Thanks, Gary M.Thanks for the great articles onthe Carbine, Springfield, Garandmatches. All the articles areinteresting, but the Carbine,Springfield & Garand are myfavorites.Jim H.The September-07 on lineshooting tips by SSG TobieTomlinson, USAMU Service RifleTeam Member, is a great article.I have reproduced 15 copies of itto hand out and discuss to our “newbie” first year air rifleshooters on our high schoolJROTC Air Rifle Team. Come tothink about it believe I’ll hand outa copy to my advance shootersas well. His explanations aresimple to understand but rich indetail. Coupled with the sightpictures this article will go a longway towards helping all our JROTC shooters obtain better sight patterns. Keep up the greatwork. AND…..keep the articleslike this coming.Malcolm V.CW2 (R), US ArmyIt seemed good to read the articleon Infantry Trophy Match. As ashooter on the Marine CorpTeam way back in 1967 Iparticipated in the Match. Wewere the second team for theMarines but placed secondoverall. One of our shootersforgot to put the windage on hisrifle. I enjoyed shooting the M-1and M-14 at Camp Perry andalways wanted to go back butnever seemed to find the time.The top over all shooter at thattime was my team mate Lt.Bowen. I remember some of theteam members carrying him fromthe 600 yd line back to the rest of 
There are six, key elements of any position. The purpose for these sixpoints is to achieve a solid platform that allows for consistent sightalignment using the least amount of muscle tension.1.
Placement of the firing hand (the hand that pulls thetrigger)
. The firing hand needs to be placed high on the pistolgrip. This high hand position will give you better control of therifle. Combined with a firm grip there will be a reduced amount of hand movement when pulling the trigger. Wrap your thumb over the three fingers on the pistol grip (excluding the trigger finger).This will help isolate the movement of the trigger finger.2.
Placement of the non-firing hand (the hand supporting therifle)
. The non-firing hand should grip the handguard or stock inthe flat portion of the hand between the thumb and forefinger.The fingers should curl naturally around the stock, but theyshould not grip it tightly. The position of the hand on the stockwill depend on the physical size of the shooter. Generallyspeaking, taller shooters with longer arms will grip the riflefurther out, near the sling swivel, while shorter shooters will needto pull their hand rearward. This is sometimes referred to as“short-stocking” the rifle.3.
Stock weld
. Stock weld is the contact that the face makes withthe stock. It is important because it directly effects your sightalignment. Consistent head placement will help you achieveconsistent sight alignment. The human head weighs an averageof 8 to 10 pounds. The full weight of the head must rest on thestock. In doing this you achieve two things, a relaxed neck andreduced recoil because of the pressure of the head.4.
Placement of the rifle (the contact that is made in the firingshoulder)
. The rifle butt placement needs to be consistent. If this changes between shots, it effects your sight alignment andthe effect of recoil. In the prone position the rifle will sit lower inthe shoulder compared to other shooting positions. This allowsfor a more forward head and a lower position as a whole.5.
Position of the sling
. The sling should be high on the arm,above the bicep. This way the sling will have less leverage onthe arm so it doesn’t cut off the circulation.
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us. It was a great time in my lifeand will never forget it. Thanksagain for the article.Mike A.Thanks for the great series of articles from the USAMU – theyare very readable, and usable!Tom, AZGreat articles. Great to identifythose who are participating aswell as those who are workingbehind the scenes to make thewhole of the National Matchesrun so well.David D.Boxford, MAThis is a special note just for myfriends at the CMP, I want tothank you all for your hard workand attention to details, it's agreat program!"You help our shooting dreamscome true!"Best Regards,Tony M.
Placement of both the firing, and non-firing elbows
. Aguideline for non-firing elbow placement is that there should be 1½’’ to 2’’ gap between your non-firing arm and the rifle’smagazine.
(NOTE: this references the AR-15 service rifle)
Your arm should be almost straight up and down; this will transfer theweight directly down the arm and not to the side (see pictureabove). Think of the firing arm as only a kind of kickstand, itdoesn’t support weight it only holds the firing hand in position.
Variations of the Prone Position
 There are two main variations of the prone position; open/spreadlegged, and bent-legged. The two types will be discussed below.
Open/Spread Leg Position
 The first position is the open/spread legged position. This is when theshooter spreads their legs shoulder width or more apart. This allowsfor a more forward pressure on the sling and elbows. This positionrequires a tighter sling and solid elbow placement. The rifle should sittight in the shoulder. With this position, your body will be farther behind the rifle compared to the bent leg position, allowing for minimum disturbance from recoil.
Bent Leg Position
 The bent leg position is when the shooter bends the firing side leg uptowards the firing hand making the knee at a rough 90 degree angle to
Demonstration of the placement of the firing elbow (left) and non-firing elbows (right).Demonstration of the Open/Spread Leg Position.Demonstration of the Bent Leg Position.
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