Part of recoil management for a tactical shooter with a precision rifle is getting the bipod properly adjusted. We want to eliminate angles, which is why we line up straight behind the rifle. Next we square our shoulders across, but what about the height of the bipod to square us that way?
?Getting as low as possible is often misconstrued by a lot of shooters. I always talk about the long running game of “Telephone” when it comes to shooting, and this is a perfect example of it. Getting as low as possible pertains to the position as it relates to our other options. We have 4 positions we can choose from:
?So when it was said to get as low as possible it was compared to the relationship of these other positions.
?Standing is our least stable position. It’s the tallest position we have, our contact with the ground is limited to our two feet and the rifle is supported by our arms. In order to get more stable we then transition to the kneeling position
?The kneeling position lowers our body, resting our butt on our foot, and we can now support the rifle using our knee under the support arm. We can line the forearm up to take advantage of bone support. In order to improve on the kneeling position we can transition to the sitting position.??The sitting position brings us lower than the kneeling position, our butt is now sitting on the ground and both our support arm and firing arm is being helped by our legs to hold the rifle up and is a more stable position. That firing arm support is key. Lastly in order to get more stable than sitting we move to the prone position.??The prone position puts our body in maximum contact with the ground. Our arms are also supported by the ground and we can begin to square our position to counter the effects of recoil. There is no position lower than prone, that is it. So why are some shooters trying to get lower ?
?In order to correctly address the prone position we want to adjust the bipod according to; our body type and the terrain we are engaging targets on. This is what determines the proper bipod height. The default should not be to adjust the bipod to the lowest setting, especially if your body is not designed to be that low. It corrupts the position by moving the head and shoulders out of square. I often see students in class, who are a full foot taller and 1000 pounds heavier than me with their bipod lower than mine. If not corrected they will quickly fatigue and complain of discomfort.
For new shooters who are getting fatigued quickly or have discomfort in their neck, back or shoulder, look to your bipod height to correct this. While the rifle may not care if the shooter is comfortable, the mind does. The quicker we fatigue or face discomfort shooting, the faster we start to make mistakes.
The shooter should attempt to level the rifle so the path of recoil is straight. If you twist the shoulders, or angle the rifle you give recoil an opening to exploit. This why your bipod may appear to hop or jump off target after the shot.
What bipod to use, what height to set it at is determined by you and your body type as well as the terrain. The position we used, such as Standing or Kneeling is also determined by the terrain. We use these taller positions to see and shoot over obstacles. So don’t just default to the lowest position if that does not fit your needs. Yes, pick the lowest position you can suffer, but understand, there is no position lower than prone.
?Hope this helps, and potentially will fix any discomfort you may face while shooting.
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