This never usually happens in a tactical scenario but in a marksmanship competition or if you're trying to show off in front of your friends. The situation may arise where you need to shoot a target off-hand from a standing position over several hundred yards. If that situation did happen to arise GunSpot has got you covered.
In the early ’90s, Grant competed in the USMC shooting competitions and he used a couple of techniques to be effective shooting offhand over distance. We detail the stances and ways of holding a rifle in our video above.
The idea behind these stances is to take as much muscle out of the equation as possible. Instead of muscle we will focus on balance, steadiness, and using the bone structure for support. This is really the opposite of trying to shoot in a tactical way. In a tactical use, you want your muscles readily available to be able to manage recoil effectively and get back on target. From a pure marksmanship standpoint, the management of that recoil doesn’t matter. Instead, it matters that we hit the target on the first shot.
There are a few steady ways to brace your rifle and that will depend on what kind of rifle format you are using. For instance, the best way to hold the rifle would be different with an M1A vs an AR15.
Besides the stances used there are two methods Grant has used to control the rifle movement. No matter what there is going to be some natural movement when you're aiming because we are humans with heartbeats and we have to inhale and exhale. Grant advocates trying to control that natural movement and steer it onto the target.
The first method Grant uses is a controlled descent method. Meaning he aims above the target and controls the vertical drop of the aiming point. When the reticle intersects with the target you time your trigger squeeze for that moment.
The second method Grant uses is a figure eight. Instead of letting your random body movements steer the gun, put your reticle on a controlled path like a figure eight, and when the middle of the eight intersects with the target you squeeze to execute the shot.
These are some proven methods Grant used during his competitive shooting. Keep in mind when making shots over distance it helps tremendously to have match-grade ammunition as we used. For this video, we used Black Hills Match Grade .223 ammunition in the SAINT Victor B5. Try these out on the range and let us know which combination of methods worked best for you.