Natural Point of

The point at which the rifle sights settle when in a firing position is called the natural point of aim.

Since the rifle becomes an extension of the body, it may be necessary to adjust the position of the body until the rifle sights settle naturally on the desired aiming point on the target.

When in a shooting position with proper sight alignment, the position of the tip of the front sight post will indicate the natural point of aim. When completely relaxed, the tip of the front sight post should rest on the desired aiming point.

One method of checking for natural point of aim is to aim in on the target, close the eyes, take a couple of breaths, and relax as much as possible. When the eyes are opened, the tip of the front sight post should be positioned on the desired aiming point while maintaining sight alignment.

For each shooting position, specific adjustments will cause the rifle sights to settle center mass, achieving a natural point of aim.

In all positions, the natural point of aim can be adjusted by—

l Varying the placement of the left hand in relation to the handguards. l Moving the left hand forward on the handguards to lower the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle lower on the target. l Moving the left hand back on the handguards to raise the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle higher on the target. l Varying the placement of the stock in the shoulder. l Moving the stock higher in the shoulder to lower the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle lower on the target. l Moving the stock lower in the shoulder to raise the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle higher on the target. l Natural point of aim can be adjusted right or left by adjusting body alignment in relation to the target.

In the prone position, if the natural point of aim is above or below the desired aiming point, move the body slightly forward or back using the left elbow as a pivot and by digging the toes in.

l Pushing the body forward causes the sights to settle lower on the target. l Pulling the body backward causes the sights to settle higher on the target.

In the kneeling and sitting positions, natural point of aim can be adjusted by varying the placement of the left elbow on the knee.

l Moving the left elbow forward on the knee lowers the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle lower on the target. l Moving the left elbow back on the knee raises the muzzle of the weapon, causing the sights to settle higher on the target.

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