MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Firearm Support

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Ian M, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    Neither have I. In the Marines I was issued a "day pack" (glorified back pack) or what we called a "war bag" War bag being a reverence to an overnight bag you kept in your car in case one of the nice younge ladies of southern California decided to invite you over for the evening. We called them "war bags" because our SgtMaj would always end his safety briefs with "If you go to war this weekend wear your flak and kevlar" IE prophylactics.

    Now that I am older and wiser and married the 'ol war bag gets used to hold my rifle data book, ammo and cold weather gear as well as camel back. My heavy sweater makes for and awesome field expedient rest for the back of my Mcmillan A5 stock and Harris bi-pod up front.
     
  2. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    Doggone Jarheads do know a thing or two about shooting, and seem to do pretty well on weekend liberty as well. At least that was the case back in my day...

    Semper Fi, Guy
     
  3. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    Semper Fi

    We do know how to keep it in the black. recently though the army Marksmanship Unit has been doing some amazing things.

    I am a member of a couple "sniper" forums, though i was a sniper myself the techniques and knowledge those guys have transfer very well to long range hunting. Lets face it sniping is the art of hunting human beings it isn't a stretch to adapt those techniques to hunting Elk in Northern Arizona.
     
  4. Don A Parsons

    Don A Parsons Well-Known Member

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    Yes to by-poles too get things on track.

    At times I go into pron, kneeling, no support sitting as I get my breathing, contacts the same, trigger, sight, target, shoot.

    If I feel comfortable, I go into the full bore standing hip too stock grip as I know I'm at my most relaxed.

    I'm trying too get a 3" too 4" free hand group.

    When this works out, I'm ready too lay down tracks with the poles.

    I find that if the package is in sink that day in the free hand, then I'll have better advantages in the day off the poles.

    If something is not working out, I go back to the free hand, or call it a day.

    If the mind is not on task, then its not worth the effort.
    Words by former USA Olympic Archery coach Al Henderson.

    Don from Western Canada
     
  5. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    For long range hunting I always use a front and rear support. For prone, bipod front, small Triad bag rear. For upright/sitting shots, I pack an extendable shooting stick that serves as an auxiliary support depending on position.