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Shooting Positions

There are four common shooting positions for rifle, shotgun and handgun shooters: standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone.

Depending on the type of firearm, the manner in which you mount the firearm may be different. There are also variations in each of these shooting positions depending on the various shooting discipline or competition you are involved with.

Many shooters will sight in their firearms by using the bench shooting position. This is also a great shooting position to learn rifle and pistol shooters skills. Trigger control, sight alignment and sight picture should be mastered in the bench position before you proceed to the four common shooting positions.

Have a look at the various rifle shooting positions. Your firearms instructor will help you learn these position. Positions may change due to the type of firearm you are using and the shooting discipline or competition you are involved with.