Off-hand Rifle



Hey guys, let’s talk about Off-hand Rifle Shooting. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do on command. And I would like to show you some of the techniques and a concept I use to shoot off-hand in competition. 

One of the main differences when you go from a hand gun to a long gun is your stance toward the target. If I was to shoot a hand gun right now, you notice my feet almost square to the target. 




 Now, when I’m going to shoot a long gun, what I want to do is to lead with my left shoulder. I’m right handed, so I’m going to turn into the target somewhat. You see the shoulder pointing almost directly towards the target right here. And the reason for this, I’m looking for weight distribution to be on my leading leg. I’m right handed.

I want my left leg forward a little bit. Notice the rifle is right over the leg here going into the target, and you also notice how close it is to my left shoulder. And this is important to keep it from oscillating around on the target. So, when I was shooting rapid fire or even slow fire, it keeps the weight of the gun close to the center mass of my body. And it is very important to do that. It helps to control recoil. 



 Now, when it comes to holding the rifle on the shoulder. There’s a couple of key points that I focus on. 

One, is my right hand. What I want to do is just have enough tension to keep it on my shoulder without any support from my left hand. You notice here, the rifle is being held up toward the target. I want to lock my wrist just like I would with a hand gun, it keeps it from vibrating back and forth. 

Left hand, I want it as far out as I can on the hand guard. It’s like any other brace, the further the contact point to a part, the more control you are going to have. So, I point it out like this on the end of the hand guard. I lead with my left finger, it makes the grip a little bit more comfortable. So, it would look about like this.




One of the main aspects of shooting off hand is good vision techniques. When I mount the rifle to the shoulder, I try to keep my head as erect as possible. What I’m looking to do is look through the center of my lens and not through the top. If you find yourself with your head really down on the stock looking through the top lens of your glasses, you are really over stressing the situation. Get your head back up, bring your rifle to you and it makes a lot better vision technique. 


If you take these three tips and put them all together, and do a little practice, you’ll have a lot better off-hand performance. See you on the range.             



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