The challenge of compulsory positional shots can be the deciding factor in HFT and FT competitions – and there’s an art to kneeling properly, as Mark Camoccio explains
Comfort trumps all. It really is pointless trying to pull a leg into a certain position if it causes, pain, strain or discomfort.
To achieve maximum stability it’s important to maintain the width of the position overall. To achieve this, ensure that the knee making contact with the ground is turned a good distance outwards, away from the body.
POSITION YOUR RIFLE
Ensure that the rifle’s butt pad is firmly in the shoulder at the right height because everything will stem from this. A consistent approach is the key throughout.
SUPPORT YOUR ELBOW
Nestle the elbow of the leading supporting arm into the small hollow of the extended supporting knee. This should feel comfortable, and with practice become second nature.
DISTRIBUTE YOUR WEIGHT
Ideally the weight should be transferred to the front supporting knee, which in turn helps to anchor the position. However, with many competition targets laid out across
EXPERT TIP: KEEP YOUR FRONT LEG STRAIGHT
The front supporting leg should be straight down, which will send all the weight downwards into the ground. By staying straight the leg provides a stable support; place it at an angle and the position is compromised. If the knee is too far back the weight distribution will be placed too far to the rear; put the knee too far forwards and your position will likely collapse.