The Prone Position with a Tactical Rifle

Shooting a tactical rifle in the prone is different from the old slung up position many see posted online. The angled body and bent leg is not used with a rifle with a bipod. We want to eliminate angles and shoot with our spine parallel to the bore of the rifle, and our shoulders perpendicular - straight across.

Introduction to the Prone Position with a Tactical Rifle

The first position we will look at is the prone position. This is our basic introduction to the prone position when shooting with a supported rifle like a bipod.

There are a lot of positions to choose from, both supported and unsupported, and as these lessons progress we will look at the various positions and how they differ from one another.

The most important factor to remember is, we want to eliminate as many angles as possible. We want our spine parallel to the bore of the rifle. We want to square and straight back behind the rifle. Now that may change ever so slightly for each shooter as they progress in their training. We all have different body types and we all have micro subconscious movements that will affect the round leaving the barrel. So what works for one may need some variation for another. However the principles are the same and as you improve you'll see your position a small amount.

Don't be afraid to videotape yourself shooting. Without a competent instructor present it is very hard to diagnose small errors or subconscious moments. We just can't observe ourselves well enough and while we may think we are doing everything right, our mind may be injecting it's own idea of how to get the shot off.

Very important, when going to practice, be sure to start off with the best possible form you can muster. Speed will come later, focus on doing everything exactly right from the beginning. We want positive repetitions so when the time comes to do it for real, we just roll right into the proper method without any conscious thought. We want to reach that state of "no mind" where we aren't even thinking about it. repetition, repetition, repetition. But it must be perfect. You can also expect a short transition period where your body is fighting the form and technique and it may breakdown before it builds up. Stick with it. Don't worry if you notice things opening up downrange or some uncomfortable feelings. We'll adjust.