How-To: Prone Position Minimal Biological Input – Marksmanship Made Easy Intro

This is the official announcement of a series of articles which will anatomize the techniques for precision long range rifle shooting, carbine shooting, shotgun shooting (wing shooting and other), pistol shooting and submachine gun shooting. We’ll dive deep into each of the “fundamentals” as well as some tips and tricks for those occasions (which will be the bulk of your real world experiences) where you can’t obtain the absolute perfect position. This article will only ever be made available to Patreon supporters.

Why is this series necessary? Well, it’s de rigueur  for firearms instructors to bang on and on about the “fundamentals” of marksmanship. They drone endlessly about breath control, trigger control, sight picture, and follow-through all the while completely failing to tell you about the actual physical things they want you to actually do with your body to accomplish those fundamentals. What the speeches are about is the simple fact that your rifle would be its most accurate all by itself. You touching it adds imprecision to the shot. That kind of glib stupidity doesn’t help you though because you actually intend on shooting your rifle from something other than a machine rest.

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Today’s data point is only going to be a taste. I’ll get deeper into this in a proper full length article where we’ll cover multiple types of firearm application, not just prone rifles:

Breath Control For Prone Shooting.

Breath control in the context of prone shooting is easy: Take a few deep breaths at a normal pace to oxygenate your blood, take one more breath slowly and deeply, sight your target and start letting that breath out at a nice slow relaxed pace. It should take at least 4 seconds to get that breath out. Usually a little longer. At the bottom of that breath you’ll find a natural period of 5-10 seconds where taking another breath isn’t necessary (your body doesn’t tell you, “Hey dippy, breathe!”) and your mind will be able to focus and you will be able to find calm enough to get that crosshair on target and get trigger squeeze done. It’s at that point that you want to start applying pressure to the trigger. If you need to breathe in, come off the trigger and do it again. When you do this right your eye will focus and you will feel like you begin to exist inside your scope. The rest of the things your body needs to do should be automatic at this stage. Think, meditation. Think zen. Don’t get into the weeds on this. It’s really just as simple as breathing out.

In the next installment we’ll have video and pictures and diagrams showing in-depth how to achieve this breath control moment of zen.