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Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting and Dominant Eye

Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting

  1. Position - Prone, standing (fort only) and sitting. The basic elements require bone support, muscle relaxation, and natural point-of-aim.

  2. Sight Alignment - Center the front sight in the rear sight. The top of the front sight should be level with the top of the rear sight. Make sure that you place the butt of the rifle into your shoulder so you can align the sights without tilting your head to the side. While facing the target, drop your head forward onto the cheek piece until the front sight is properly aligned with the rear sight.

  3. Sight Picture - For a six o'clock hold, the bullseye should sit on top of the front sight like a pumpkin on a post. For a point-of-aim hold, the desired point of impact should be aligned with the top of the front sight. Adjust the gun so that the bullseye is in proper relationship to sight alignment, bringing about a natural point-of-aim. Practicing the creation of the sight picture can be don using hands and fingers:

  4. Breath Control - Stop breathing long enough to release the shot (5-10 seconds). Note: If you hold your breath more than 10 seconds, your vision may blur.

  5. Hold - Allow the position to settle down until movement is minimized. If the position takes too long to settle, return to your normal breathing and repeat step four.

  6. Trigger Control - Smoothly apply rearward pressure on the trigger. You should not know when the shot is going to break because anticipation will cause a miss. You should be concentrating on the front sight, not the trigger.

  7.  Follow through - Remain perfectly still for a few seconds after the shot breaks. While you are still, focus on the front sight and call the shot. That is, evaluate the hold and predict the result in terms of value and proximity.

  8. Strive for consistency - Repeating the process exactly the same way over and over is the key to u

Dominant Eye

Before a shooter can begin the fundamentals of shooting, an important decision must be made. Is the shooter right or left eye dominant? Everyone has a dominant eye: It is the stronger eye and does more work than the other. In most cases the right-handed shooters are right eye dominant and left-handed shooter are left eye dominant, however this is not always the case. If a shooter is using the wrong eye to site, that shooter will have great difficulty sighting the gun. There are several way to determine the dominant eye. The following steps are a way to determine the dominant eye.

  1. Extend both arms in front of your body.

  2. Place your hands together, forming a small opening between them.

  3. Keep both eyes open; look through the opening at a distant object.

  4. While continuing to look at the object, move both hands back toward your body until they touch your face.

  5. The opening will be over one eye, the dominant eye.

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