• 1.) BONE SUPPORT - The body's skeletal structure provides a stable foundation to support the rifle's weight. A weak shooting position will result in early muscle fatigue. To attain a correct shooting position, the bones of the body must support as much of the rifle's weight as possible. Proper use of the sling provides additional support.

    a.) The weight of the rifle should be supported by bone rather than muscle because muscle fatigues where as bones do not.

    b.) Establish a strong foundation for the rifle by utilizing bone support. This will enable the shooter to relax as much as possible while minimizing the movement of the rifle due to muscle tension.

    2.) MUSCULAR RELAXATION - Once bone support is achieved, muscles are relaxed. Muscular relaxation helps to hold steady and increase the accuracy of your aim. Muscular relaxation also allows for the maximum use of bone support to create a minimum amount of movement and increase consistency.

    a.) It is impossible to achieve muscular relaxation without bone support. During the shooting process the muscles should be as relaxed as possible. Muscle tension will cause excessive movement of the rifle disturbing aim. When bone support and muscular relaxation are achieved, the rifle will settle onto your aiming point, making it possible to apply trigger control and deliver a well aimed shot.

    b.) Only through practice and achieving a natural point of aim will proper muscular relaxation be achieved.

    3.) NATURAL POINT OF AIM - The point at which the rifle sights settle when bone support and muscular relaxation are achieved is called natural point of aim.

    a.) Since the rifle becomes an extension of your body, it may be necessary to adjust the position of your body, thereby adjusting your natural point of aim, until the rifle sights settle naturally on the desired aiming point on the target.

    b.) One method of checking your natural point of aim is to aim in on your target close your eyes, take a couple of breaths, and relax as much as possible. When you open your eyes the sights should be positioned on the desired aiming point while maintaining sight alignment.

2017 Lancaster Varsity Rifle Team competing at the NYSPHSAA championship at West Point, NY
Last Modified on October 28, 2019