Recoil Management Lesson Part One

Recoil management is very mis-understood when it comes to a precision rifle. Sure most people will get the lingo down, like “driving the rifle” but they fail to connect the dots or understand the technique behind the phrasing.

Recoil Management Part One



When it comes to recoil management, less is definitely better and being relaxed is the key to success. The short answer is, we want to eliminate the angles, from your spine to your shoulders, everything needs to be square. Picture a perfect “T” when you think about recoil management.

Lastly, any pressure at all is from your core. The thought put into the rifle comes from your gut, around the area of the waist and not from the legs or shoulders.

Step One

The first step is setting up your position first, making sure everything you need to take the shot is within arms reach when the shooter is behind the rifle. So that arms reach is really only a sweeping arc from your elbows.

Step Two

Point the rifle to the target then stand up behind the behind the rifle. In a word, reset your position. I have seen many times shooters will have everything set up then slide in behind the rifle from an angle. This includes pointing your rifle to the target which may not be lined up with your shooting mat then lining up with the mat. This is also wrong. We need to reset the position.

Step Three

Square up behind the rifle, with the rifle pointing to the target, you need to drop in and point your body to the rifle. This helps with both NPA and Recoil Management. We want to be straight and square. Index the rifle on target, then index the body on the rifle.

Step Four

Bring the rifle into the shoulder pocket before loading the bipod. The firing hand should hold the rifle into the shoulder. If you see any bruising after shooting you’re giving the rifle a running start by not holding it back into the pocket.

Step Five

The load on the bipod is very small. It is just taking up the slack in the system (bipod). With a Harris this is almost non-existent, so you are just rotating the feet on the ground to get the bite. The easiest way, which will be demonstrated in Part Two is raising the body up and then dropping down. That is it… nothing more is needed, especially if your position is right.

Finally… Don’t expect it to be perfect, especially on concrete. If you are within a Mil of the target you are as near perfect as you can get. Other mediums are more forgiving, but concrete is the hardest to stay on target with. As long as you can see the results of your shots without losing it completely, you are on the road to perfect. Or as near perfect as we can expect.