The Prone Position

As the accuracy of rifles and ammunition have improved and techniques have been refined, the scores fired in the prone position have skyrocketed. Every shooter must strive for perfect scores Multi-position matches are seldom won at the prone but they can be lost there. Prone obviously Is the most stable of all the shooting positions. A shooter In the prone position has the benefit of very large support area and the position will be so steady that conscious body control will become a...

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Natural Area of Aim The standing position, thenr does not have one single point of aim that is natural to the position (Figures 53 and 54). There is rather an area of aim that is natural of this position. The sbooter must adjust his rifle positioning and the placement of his feet so that when he assumes the position, the target is within the area of natural aim. If he uses the muscles to force the rifle onto the target when the target is outside of the area of aim, he thus defeats the principle...

Folixw Through

Follow through is the act of maintaining hold and concentration until a hooter an no longer affect the flight of the bullet. Two methods of checking follow through are dry firing and having a coach load the shooter's rifle.* using dummy rounds periodically and checking hv shooter's reaction as h * fires the shot. By calling the shot the .shooter anticipates the placement of hi shot using the angle of jump, the appearance of his sight picture, and if outdoors any chant's in the wind which may...

Advanced Position Refinement

Several years ago the ISU rules changed concerning shooting clothing. Its major effect on the shooters became evident when they had to change fromtheir heavy (10 millimeter) shooting coat to a light (2. 5 millimeter) coat. The scores immediately dropped and have only recently risen to their former level. 2. Why Light Coat Scores Were Lower In the heavy coat the shooter experienced a feeling of being strapped inM to a stiff, well supporting coat. Transmission of heartbeat was all but eliminated....

Completely Tensedlocked Muscle

J-APPROXIMATE DEGREE OF TENSION USED IN SHOOTING LRELAXED MUSCLES TENSION INDICATED IS MUSCLE TONE (1) Canting the rifle is one method by which the shooter Is able to achieve the proper flight alignment while retaining proper head position. This is true in any shooting position. The degree of cant is very critical. The amount of cant must be the same for each shot or the strike of the bullet will deviate greatly. The shooter should keep In mind that in adjusting sights to compensate for cant, a...

Position Refinement

1 A hooter should work constantly to refine his position and Improve his hold. Very slight changes or adjustments in the position can have a noticeable effect A good method of checking movement in the position (usually from pulse beat) is to use 41 telescopic sight. Some shooters can keep the crosshairs on a bullethole at 100 yards Learn to fire and reload without disturbing the position. When reloading, the shooter should insert the round into the chamber with his finger, being careful not to...

The Sitting Position

GENERAL, The sitting position is not used In ISU shooting, but is used extensively in NRA type events Because the position is low and has a relatively large support area, it is stable and produces scores comparable to the prone position There are three major variations of the sitting position and each of these has a number of minor variations. B. THE CROSSED LEGS POSITION (Figure 82), 1, The shooter sits facing about 30 degrees to the right of the target with his legs crossed. The outside of...

Physical And Mental Training

Competitors in all sports activities practice to better themselves. Rifle shooters must establish for themselves a program of training as well. The development of an international rifle champion must include physical and mental training. A. PHYSICAL TRAINING, Physically, the shooter must be able to assume a comfortable position, hold the rifle motionless, and shoot for a sustained period without fatigue. Physical conditioning exercises have an apparently limited value toward improving the...

The International Match

A- GENERAL, The two medals in Figures 1 and 2 have one thing in common, both are awarded only to the finest shooters in the world. The International Distinguished Award is the highest award this nation can bestow upon a marksman. This medal i9 awarded to a shooter when he receives his first medal in international world competition. The Olympic Gold Medal is awarded of course to the world champion at the Olympics. World Medals are given in only four competitions 1. The Olympic Games are the most...

Recoil And The Angle Of Jump

Every shooter is familiar with the recoil of a rifle. Simply stated, recoil occurs because expanding powder gases propel the bullet and the cartridge case in opposite directions. The bullet travels forward through the bore. The force applied to the base of the cartridge case is transmitted to the rear against the bolt. 2. If the rear of the bolt action were placed squarely against a solid support, the recoil of the barrel and action would be straight to the rear. However, the rifle barrel and...

Eye Relief

The eye relief, or distance from the eye to rear aperture, should be approximately 2-6 inches, depending on the position (Figure 16). See Chapter III, The Integrated Act of Firing - The Eye and Sight System. How many rifle enthusiasts shoot the standing position with their head thrust forward in exaggerated manner that results in their eyebrow resting right up against the rear sight TOO MANY 2. Placing the sight against any part of the facc or the shooting glasses will very possibly result in...

Function Of The Left

The rifle Is placed in the heel of the left hand with the stock being nearer the thumb than the more flexible area towards the fingers Figure 75 . A shooting glove is worn on the left hand. The fingers of the left hand do not grasp the rifle in an attempt to guide it. 2. The left wrist should be straight. The left elbow is placed on the top of the left knee or slightly to the left of this position Figure 77 . The elbow will be directly under the stock or slightly left of it Figure 75 and 76...

Coaching

This chapter is written for the benefit of those individuals in international shooting who may find themselves facing the job of coaching an international rifle team with little or no international marksmanship background to draw upon. This chapter should also be of value to those persons who are in a position to appoint coaches. You may also be called upon to coach a champion shooter. 1. The champion shooter is the cutting Instrument that penetrates through and beyond the bounds of...

Foreword

The purpose of this manual is to record the principles and techniques of International Rifle shooting with the primary objective of improving the shooters performance in competition. The techniques and ideas put forth in this manual represent the collective thinking of the United States medal winners of the last World Championships, Pan American and Olympic Games. These techniques and ideas are not to be taken as the final word or solution to success in international shooting but rather the...

The Integrated Act Of Firing

Respiratory Pause For Rifle Shooting

In this chapter we are going to consider several of the factors that must be integrated to produce the total act of firing a shot. The reader should bear in mind that we consider each factor separately only for ease of discussion. All converge and are coordinated at a single moment to produce the shot, 1. To the spectator, the performance of a shooter appears deceptively simple the shooter places the rifle in position, takes aim, and pulls the trigger. 2. But the man behind the...

Venezuela West Germany Ussr

Three of the four shooters on the United States Rifle Team were members of The U. S, Army MTU TUSAMTU TUSAMTU USMC TUSAMTU English Match Smallbore 3-Position Smallbore Prone Smallbore Kneeling Smallbore Standing Free Rifle 3-Positlon Free Rifle Prone Free Rifle Kneeling Free Rifle Standing English Match Smallbore 3-Posltion Smallbore Prone Smallbore Kneeling Smallbore Standing Free Rifle 1959 PAN AMERICAN GAMES - CHICAGO, USA Individual Medals USA 3 USA 6 CANADA USA 2 USA 2 USA 8 USA 8 USA 8...

Shooting Equipment

RIFLES FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. Each international course of fire lends to a specific type or style of rifle for competition. These rifles vary according to ISU rules governing competition and the shooters preferences. a. The prone rifle is designed especially for the prone position. The stock is generally longer with a built-up cheek piece to enable the competitor to maintain position over long periods of time. The smallbore prone rifle is .22 caliber long rifle and the full bore...

The Kneeling Position

Kneeling Roll Shooters

Probably the most important changc in the recent evolution of international position shooting is taking place in the structure of the kneeling position. A few outstanding shooters are now shooting scores in the kneeling position that are meeting the standard that is felt by most authorities as approaching the attainable potential. The mental barrier of shooting perfect or near perfect scores in the kneeling position has crumbled. Shooters are beginning to cxpcct their kneeling...

The Standing Position

GENERAL, If you compile a list of the worlds best three position shooters and also one of the best standing shooters, you will notice that the names, and for the most part the order, of the two lists will be identical. If there are any reliable constants in shooting one would be that, 'matches are won in the standing position. Good prone and kneeling scores arc mainly a function of position refinement, while standing is equally dependent upon position and technique. Once a person has...

Natural Respiratory FttUSE

THE EYE AND THE SIGHT SYSTEM. 1. General. The shooter need not concern himself with a scientific knowledge of the eye. He should be concerned only that his eyes are healthy, that he can see clearly, and that he uses his eyes properly while shooting. A layman should never attempt to prescribe or administer treatment to defective or injured eyes. A shooter or anyone with eye problems should consult a vision specialist. Corrective lenses in no way impair a...

Verle Wright

1956 OLYMPICS - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA English To of the four members of the United States Rifle Team were members of The U.S. Army MTU 3. HERBERT VOELCKER TUSAMTU 1955 PAN AMERICAN GAMES - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO English Match Smallbore 3-Position Free Rifle Army Rifle English Match Smallbore 3-Positlon Free Rifle Army Rifle USA 1,2,4,5 USA 1,2,4,5, 6 USA 1,3,4,5,6 CHILE