Basic Rifle Stance / Slingless Transition
* Weapons used in this demo are the Mosin Nagant M91/30 and the S&W Sigma SW40VE. All safety checks were performed, and double checked prior to handling. It is stressed that you check, and double check your weapon before any handling begins. *
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Here's a quick visual of the basic rifle stance when not using cover. This is a stance that is easy to obtain, and is best used when engaging targets at 200 meters or less.
First picture is in the ready position (without sling). I am from the school of thought that the muzzle is down at all times until you are ready to engage the target. Since you are responsible for 100% of the rounds fired 100% of the time, it is safer to have an accidental discharge into the ground, instead of sending the round airborne, where you have no idea where the round will end up.
The following picture is in the aiming / active engagement position. There is nothing extremely technical about this position. Remember a few key thoughts.
1. Bring the rifle to your head, not your head to the rifle.
2. Establish a good stock-weld, and try to achieve that same stock weld position every time you raise your rifle to fire.
3. Lean forward (be aggressive in your stance), and keep your feet at least shoulder width apart. This gives you a stable firing platform.
4. Learn to fire with both eyes open. It is critical that you maintain situational awareness during your course of fire.
Next is called a slingless transition to your sidearm.
Imagine that you have a sidearm in your holster, and you also have a rifle, but it is not slung at the moment for whatever reason (break, eating chow, etc...).
You are engaged by a threat, and you need to act fast. You grab your rifle and return fire with a quickness. You run out of ammo in your rifle, so you decide the best thing to do is continue fire with your sidearm until you can reach cover to reload your primary weapon. You have no sling, so how can you perform the transition without completely dumping your rifle?
Picture one is the initial phase of the transition. You have lowered your rifle to the ready position, and you wrap your weak hand over the top of the receiver of the rifle.
Picture two is the second phase of the transition. You swing your rifle around to the weak side, while keeping the rifle retained close to your body. At the same time you are reaching for your sidearm, also you should be "clearing leather" at this point.
Picture three is the last phase of the transition. You have the rifle secured on your weak side, and you begin engaging the target with your sidearm in an aggressive one-handed stance. This will give you the ability to return fire while moving to cover.
This stances are adaptable, and you need to determine with one works the best for you. There is no "cookie cutter" stance / position that will work for everyone 100% of the time. Experiment, and do your research.
Above all, stay safe, secure, and informed.
Extremely good material, Sarg. I was fortunate enough to be properly trained out of the gate, so I didn't have to unlearn bad habits. I realize this is not the case with most shooters, but your lesson is spot on. Hopefully someone learns something new today.
Good advice, but there is one more thing I would suggest you add.
Get in the habit of learning to flip off your safety as you bring your rifle to the ready position.
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