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Prone Position

The prone position is the steadiest shooting position and the one from which the fundamentals of rifle shooting are best learned. It is a good position for firing accurate long-distance shots. The prone position is usually not suitable when hunting in tall grass or dense brush which can obscure the line of sight to the target.
list bullet  If you are right-handed, lie on your stomach with your body slightly to the left of the line of aim. If you are left-handed, reverse this position.
list bullet  Keep your back straight and legs in a relaxed position.
list bullet  Both elbows should be bent and your shoulders curved slightly forward to form a solid upper body position. The upper-body and arms support the rifle weight.