Rifle Positions from Cover


We are going to be working with a rifle in the prone and other positions around vehicles. These are a few great techniques whether you compete in multi-gun, are in law enforcement, and even a couple of techniques that might work for you hunters.



So what we want to try and accomplish here is understanding where the offset is on our gun, and also understanding how to fire the gun on an angle, whether it be 90 degrees to the right or 90 degrees to the left, and discuss eye dominance. So let's get started.




When shooting parallel to a bank of targets, you will have to angle the gun if you are underneath a low prop. In this case, we have a little bit more room underneath the vehicle we are working with. The key thing here is understanding I can use four fingers as levelers to get the height I need to be comfortable to take the shot. When the gun is in the canted position, it has to be slightly canted at 45 degrees to keep the ejecting brass from locking up the gun.



Something you need to understand is, every time you come off level; this will change your impact past 100 yards. It can be as much as 10 inches to the left or right.



In position two, we will be firing from of the strong side. I am right handed, right eye dominant, so my shooting shoulder is my right side. There will be times when you have to shoot like that, but the key thing you want to make sure is the gun needs to stays level whether it is off the strong side or the support side.



Wow, I am lying underneath this position that the match officials have given me. The problem is, I cannot reach my targets shooting from my dominant side. What’s nice about a single point sling is, I can transition over and closing my dominant eye allows me to take nice clean shots on the target.



The one thing that’s imperative in 3-gun competition is you must have the proper holster. You do not want to lose your holster or gear when you go prone or start jumping around. I never leave home without my SERPA lock holster. It’s the perfect holster for 3-gun competition.



Now, working around a car, you need to learn how to use the vehicle, how to shoot through it, and understand the offset from your optic or red dot to the center of the bore of your rifle.


When shooting over the top of a hood or roof of a vehicle, you want to make sure you understand the barrel-sight relationship. Even though my sights are on target, my barrel is on the roof and if I took the shot, my round would strip right through the top of the car. So you need to understand where your sights are. I will always do a barrel check by just poking my head out to see my barrel position.



Well, I've covered some positions in the prone, over the top of a vehicle, and understanding barrel-sight relationships. I can tell you right now this is something I practice on a regular basis. Whether you’re a hunter, a competitive shooter, or in law enforcement; don’t be afraid to use props to your advantage. You will be a more accurate shot. The key thing here is making sure you understand the barrel-sight relationship. Good luck and safe shooting.





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