Originally Posted by elmerfudge
Except for sighting in a scope or aligning handgun sights, I shoot free handed.
At both my indoor and outdoor ranges, I am in a small minority.
Most people I observe shooting handguns are half laying on there lane table. On the long gun ranges, most are bench shooting.
My outdoor range was running a CCW course and I observed the 12 people doing their qualification shooting. The instructor had to "remind" several of these future heroes more than once to get off the tables.
You can sure tell us former military from the masses by their shooting technique or the lack thereof.
Shooters get in comfort zones, and let's be honest, most military shooters started, those that shot before joining, with braced shots. You get in the service, you are made to shoot freehand.
Most people who shoot, however, aren't SHTF types. They're plinkers, and have a firearm because they like it, and give them some sense of security.
I'm happy to see them shooting, be it on a bench or braced, because at least they are shooting. You'll get those that will ask questions, or watch and see what you're doing so that they will expand their shooting styles.
Everyone of us has our opinions on shooting. I really don't want to be one of those who look down on the other shooters. I would rather teach them the best methods and help them to improve.
I've been asked on a few occasions what was wrong with their firearm. With semiautomatics, it's limp wristing, not the firearm itself.
Teaching them how to use the sights is important as well, and explaining to newbies not to go out and get the biggest damn gun they can afford, but to get what they can control and hit the target with.
I prefer being inclusive on the range. Help them if they want it. If they don't want it, then, as long as they're being safe, that's their choice.