The placement of the shooter's cheek against the stock should remain firm and consistent from shot to shot. Consistency of stock weld is achieved through proper placement of the rifle butt in the pocket of the shoulder. A firm contact between the cheek and the stock enables consistent eye relief and enables the head and rifle to recoil as a single unit. Stock weld provides quick recovery between rapid fire shots, keeps the aiming eye centered in the rear sight aperture, and prevents the head from bouncing off the stock during recoil. The head should remain erect to allow the aiming eye to look straight through the rear sight aperture. See figure 5-16.
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