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Pro Tip: SFC Daniel Horner - AR-15 Training


Today, we’re going to start our AR-15 training from the ground up. I’ve taken a half-step forward with my weak-side foot. So since I’m a right-handed shooter, that’s my left foot. 



About 70 percent of my weight is on this lead foot. You want most of the weight on the balls of your feet. So, I’m going to do this by curling my toes down.

This gives me a very athletic position, allowing me to absorb the recoil, and it prepares me to move into my next position.



My knees and my hips are generally oriented toward the target. I’m not going to exaggerate either turning square onto the target or away from the target. Just something naturally and comfortable pointed at the target.

The same goes with my chest and my shoulders.



When I mount the rifle into my shoulder, I’ve got the top of the butt-pad in the pocket of my shoulder, just like a shotgun. That’s a good body position.


We’ll go ahead and see it now in a drill we call 20-Alpha. The 20-Alpha Drill is a recoil management drill from 20 yards. You’ll shoot four separate times, with five rounds per repetition. So you’ll end up with 20 rounds in the center-scoring zone of your target.




Now let’s talk about the grip. I’m going to start with my left hand. Your left hand should be placed on the fore-end at a distance that’s comfortable for you.

Do not lock your elbow.



You also don’t want to be holding back on the magazine-well of the rifle.

Just extend your hand out to a comfortable distance, and try to keep your index finger along the axis of the bore pointed directly at the target.

My left elbow is high, relatively in line with the bore of the rifle. This allows me to drive the gun from a target on the left to a target on the right, or vice versa, and keep the gun as flat as possible during that transition.

My strong hand is going to be high on the back of the pistol grip. My fingers wrapped naturally around, and my finger placed naturally on the trigger.

You don’t want to be reaching for anything with your strong hand. A firm handshake grip is all that you need on both your left and right hand as you shoot the rifle.



I’ll demonstrate this with a transition drill. This is just an example of a basic transition drill where I’m driving the gun from target to target on two extreme sides of the range. This will help during training and competition.

Now to sum it all up, half step forward with your left foot. Keep your toes curled. Knees, hips, chest and shoulders generally oriented toward the target. Your left hand extended to a comfortable distance. Left index finger pointed at the target. Firm strong handshake grip with both hands. I hope these tips will help you the next time you’re at the range.





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