Types of shooting positions



When shooting in the field, there are a variety of shooting positions. Which of these will fit your needs best on the hunt?

Prone positionProne is the steadiest of all positions. In this position the hunter’s hips and legs provide a stable platform that supports both the firearm and the hunter's upper body. Prone position is very comfortable and should be used to practice the fundamentals of good shooting.

Sitting positionAfter prone, sitting is the next-best position for steadiness. By crossing legs at the ankles, the hunter's knees thus give support to the arms. However, a hunter's legs will start to shake if held in this position for a long period.

Standing positionWhen standing, the hunter's arms are not supported, which makes it difficult to take an accurate shot. This position also creates an exaggerated movement of the barrel. Some hunters will use a tree, large stone or a "shooting stick" as a prop to help ensure an accurate shot when standing.

Kneeling positionKneeling is an adaptation of the standing position, where the hunter uses a rest to steady the firearm. The hunter will experience less barrel movement kneeling, the key for accurate shot placement.

Handgun shooting positionHandguns are different than other firearms in how they are held when firing at game or sighting at a target. Handguns have the same types of sight configurations as a rifle. Since the handgun has a shorter barrel, accuracy is difficult to obtain. Sight in the handgun at 25 yards and then move out to 50 yards. Always use a two-handed hold with a handgun.

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