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Marksmanship

The topic that started it all. The Marksmanship category contains all discussions about the art and science of employing the rifle.

The Minuteman Marksmanship Challenge

Welcome back to another Marksman Challenge. For this one, we're balancing speed and precision, while also giving a shout out to the guys at the Revolutionary War Veteran's Association (RWVA) for their excellent work in the Appleseed program.

Standing Position Tips and Crushing the Marksman Challenge

The standing position is the most difficult to master for marksmanship. With the June challenge underway and such a tough accuracy standard, I wanted to ask around for some standing position tips to help you, and me to be honest, out with earning that badge. Let's dig into it.

The 4 MOA Rifle Fundamentals Challenge

This is the very first of the monthly Marksman Challenges. This is not a competition, but a way to test your own abilities and improve. The first challenge is all about the fundamentals of marksmanship.

April 2019 America’s Rifle Challenge at the PNTC: After Action Review

On April 27th, 2019, I competed in the NRA's reborn America's Rifle Challenge at the Peacemaker National Training Center. In all, it was a very fun match and a great introduction to competitive action shooting. But I'm not without a few complaints along the way.

Lessons Learned from My EIC Match

I competed in a lot of local outlaw matches for years before finally going to a “real” one. Excellence in Competition matches, or EIC, happen periodically at military bases all over the country. They follow CMP rules, with a few twists.

Stop Paying for Precision You Don’t Need

Shooting enthusiasts, especially new ones, tend to try and shortcut the mastery process. The truth is that a standard rifle is more than capable of all the precision a new shooter can muster.

A Marksman’s Guide to Natural Point of Aim

Practicing rifle positions will take you far. You'll be able to get in and out of them quickly, build up a stable shooting platform, and even be an effective marksman. But getting good with your natural point of aim will make you even better.

Chicken Wings and Getting Your Arm Shot Off

Many view the notorious "chicken wing" as a defining trait of a newbie. Tactical instructors, and the enthusiasts who follow them, will all claim it's a surefire way to get your arm shot off in a fight. So why is it still so prominent?

A Marksman’s Guide to the Standing Position

The standing position is simultaneously the most common and least useful of the standard rifle positions. The thing is, outside of competition, if you need to use it then you need to use it right now!
A USMC competitor in the 4th Marine Division Annual Rifle Squad Competition, conducts an Unknown Distance course of fire from the kneeling position

A Marksman’s Guide to the Kneeling Position

Kneeling is a moderately stable position, being better than standing but not as good as sitting or prone. It's the go-to when mobility is the priority, though.

A Marksman’s Guide to the Prone Position

The prone position is the bread and butter of a skilled rifleman. It is the most stable position you can get using only your own body. When you attend any shooting school, you're going to spend a lot of time in the prone. But it's not without its limitations. Let's take a good look at the most classic of rifle shooting positions.

What is Shooting Nose to Charging Handle, and Why?

You can't read any discussion about proper head position when shooting an AR-15 platform rifle without coming across the acronym “NTCH,” which stands for Nose To Charging Handle. Some proudly declare that shooting NTCH is the only "proper" way to fire an AR-15.

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