MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Natural Point of Aim

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

  1. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    #1 Do you understand the concept of the Natural Point of Aim? If so please describe it briefly.

    The natural point of aim puts the rifle on target without physically pressuring the rifle into position before taking a shot. It involves aligning the firearm with the target and sighting on the target without forcing the rifle into position. It may best be achieved by placing the rifle in position, closing your eyes and becoming relaxed and comfortable with your position on the rifle and then opening your eyes. If you're not on target - repeat the process until you are.
    It's easier if your standing because it usually involves little more than moving your feet but in other shooting positions it can be somewhat difficult to master.


    #2 Do you employ the concept of the Natural Point of Aim in various field shooting positions.

    I make every effort to apply the concept on the range but in hunting situations it is sometimes very difficult to find enough time to apply the concept perfectly.
     
  2. Eselkopf1

    Eselkopf1 Member

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    When I was a drill sergeant many privates would forget the whole natural point of aim thing. Or their own drill sergeants would forget to teach it.

    Its super simple. Get prone supported. Get a proper sight picture and sight alignment with the target. Then close your eyes and relax take 3 normal, perhaps slightly deep breathes. Open your eyes. Your rifle likely moved off target. Now wiggle around and repeat.

    Do it until your sights are nearly center mass all by themselves.

    Go through the rest of your fundamentals and take your shot.
     
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    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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  4. Litehiker

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    PRS competitors KNOW that they need to constantly practice getting into their NPA from many different (and sometimes unusual) positions. It's part of training.

    Unless their alotted time is almost up they usually adjust position until they get an NPA.

    Eric B.