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Kneeling position is the next in our series. It is about as accurate, all things being equal, as squatting. Classic Kneeling is assumed as follows. You drop into a kneeling position with the leg approximately 90 degrees apart forming a right angle. Your butt rests on the heel of your foot. This last part is crucial, without which you may as well just stand. The bottom foot maybe flat, or on the toe as the situation requires. The forward arm is bent and the triceps just above the elbow rests on the knee. An interesting attribute of kneeling is the ability to adapt to high or low angle shots. Although this is something rarely done on flat range training venues, we shoot at all angles and distances and even have a training site where we can suspend steel targets from a cliff so we can shoot at rising angles as well as declining angles. Two areas will affect this. One is the hand position of the fore end. Farther out will decrese the angle while closer in to the magazine... Read more →

It was during the era of the LA Riots. My partner and I were moving down an alley in Los Angeles, moving to a position to intercept some bank robbers. It was dark, about 2200 HRS, and our investigation had tracked them down to a house our team was setting up on. On the other side of the the street, shots rang out. It didn't have anything to do with us. It was only a drive by shooting by some offended gang member shooting at another gang member. All it really meant was that we would need to move fast before the sirens and LAPD units alerted the bank robbers. But as trained men do when shots are fired close by, we went to ground. My partner took a knee directly atop a broken beer bottle, and had to be taken off scene for treatment. That was 1992...or 1993 before knee pads were in common usage. The Squatting Position, for those that can pull it off, solves issues like that faced by my partner...lowering the profile on a hostile... Read more →

Continuing with our study of field shooting positions we will discuss the sitting position. In the field, sitting will be far more useful to you than prone. A few weeks ago we ran an entire 100 - 1000 yard sniper class shooting almost exclusively from sitting. It is, once understood and developed, almost as accurate as prone. As well, it is far more adaptable in the field when dealing with broken terrain and/or elevation changes. The sitting position most conducive to accuracy vis-a-vis bone support, muscle relaxation, and stability, is with the feet drawn up under the knees. Bring these as far as possible to gain elevation of the knees. This creates a shelf for the elbows to rest. Bring the support hand into position as needed. In this photo, I am shooting at fairly level targets, but if I was shooting at elevated or low angle targets, I would ammend my hand position as necessary. Popular CQB rifle shooting videos to the contrary, when shooting at distances, the elbos must be supported for the best results. The sitting position... Read more →

In my rifle classes I often say that rifle is a physical weapon. I am actually not the author of that phrase. It belongs to Jeff Cooper. Jeff disdained the shooting bench as the crutch of the lazy and advocated field shooting positions. So do we. Shooting positions are not as fun as doing multiple magazine dumps into a whithering poster of a sci-fi character, but if the focus is on training the rifleman, then the demands of field shooting requires learning them. First is the prone position. This is the most accurate and desirable of all the shooting positions. We have students take shots out to 1000 yards in the introductory sniper courses and out to 400 and 500 yards in the rifle gunfighting courses from prone. The limits to prone are the terrain. It demands relatively flat surfaces and is contraindicated for shooting at angles. As well, intervening vegetation that obscures the target will limit the use of prone in the field. Points to Consider For Prone Shooting - 1). Line up with the rifle, and not at... Read more →

Force on force training has brought the defensive shooting world, kicking and screaming, into a modern age. This renaissance of training development has never been seen before and I attribute it to several things. One is the proliferation of Concealed Carry around the world, and second is the willingness of some instructors to step away from the traditional world of the shooting range and involve themselves in force on force training. The same thing happened about a decade ago with the martial arts world when the Gracie family challenged any and all martial artists to a no-holds barred match that morphed into what we now know as UFC. All manner of sacred cows died in that cage-like ring, as fighting notions held to be true for centuries and never challenged were quickly proven false, as their proponents lapsed into unconsciousness on the ground with a tight Brazilian arm around their necks. Force on force has done something the very same thing in the world of defensive shooting. Once the cat was out of the bag, so to speak, no one... Read more →

Miyamoto Musashi is thought of in many circles as one of the best swordsmen to have ever lived. In actuality, there have been many other men both before and after who have killed many more men in combat than Musashi’s humble score of 60. But undocumented knowledge does not outlive the one who possesses it. Nonetheless, what Musashi did, that perhaps his colleagues of the sword failed to do, was to document his findings in the form of a book – Go Rin No Sho, or as we know it, The Book Of Five Rings. Read literally, it is a simple book intended for a young swordsman in ancient Japan. Yet, there is a great deal of “between the lines” information for one who reads it with a warrior’s eye. The amount of operational information the book yields is equal to volumes several times it size. It captures an old warrior’s perceptions of the world, and of what he thought was important for warriors to know. It is important to know that Musashi was writing at an advanced age and... Read more →

There Is No Can't

This post goes along with the one about "Eliminating the Complainer". This one deals with the "Can't Virus". I will say right now that I hate that virus, and the things it spawns. I got into an arguement with a very dear friend recently that I wish would not have happened because what he was doing was spreading the virus. The only way to cure the virus is to not accept "Can't". Anything is possible and nothing "cannot be done". It may not be legal, or easy, or logical, or whatever, but it certainly is not "impossible". I want to tell you a story about a man named Elio dad. He was the son of a rich landonwer in Cuba. His father, my grand father owned a cattle ranch, an accompanying dairy as well as some tobacco plantations. But was a very demanding man and it was clear that although my family had a great deal of money, nobody was going to get anything for free. My dad realized he had to make it on his own. He looked... Read more →