Going Prone


Todayís lesson is learning how to go prone.  What we are going to try to do is incorporate all the things that you may not ever see when shooting prone, some really odd techniques, with a rifle and with a handgun. So lets get started on how to get on the ground.



A couple things we need learn prior to going prone. Before we draw the gun, we want to make sure that gun is pointing on that target as we are going down. Never let the gun go behind you as you are going into the prone position and never point it at the ground.  If you fire it at the ground you could get debris to come back up at you. That wouldnít be a good thing.


Now lets talk about how to get down on the ground properly. Now once weíve loaded up and weíre going to go down range.  We want to make sure we draw the gun out as the first thing we want to do. We want to take our holster side, our strong side, and our support side leg, and go down and contact the ground at the same time.   Youíll notice that my support side leg now is kind of squatted over there over top of me.  This allows the gun to come right down in front of my face here. And allows my support hand to come in here and drive the gun straight to the target.


Now weíre going to show you how to get down at a 45 degree angle. What we call the bicep method.  So lets gas it up here. And Iím going to show you how to go down prone. You shorten up your sight radius a little bit, but you use the same technique.  Always point the gun at the target as you go down. This is the 45 version. 


Youíll notice the techniques Iíve been using have the gun flat on the ground. The gun is much more accurate and more stable for shooting hard accurate shots and for speed.  You take the gun off the ground and the gun is very unpredictable in how it will settle back on the target.  In the law enforcement world, usually you are told to never put the firearm on the ground. Iím here to tell you that 99% of all firearms do operate on the ground properly. You notice Iím pressing hard on the ground with these weapons. It even works with an M4.


Speaking of the rifle, going prone with some techniques that you need to go on the range and practice with. Iím going to show you a couple techniques real quick.  Then I want you to go out there and work on going prone with your rifle. Prone shooting can be the most stable base when firing on the range. Whether youíre shooting a handgun, a carbine, or maybe a .50 cal, ideally you need to go practice these things. 



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