We will now demonstrate the proper method of keeping the magazine of your weapon loaded
and ready for action. This is called the tactical reload. After you have shot and completed
the after-action drills, drop the butt of the weapon from your shoulder and trap it
under your firing-side arm. Run the bolt to the rear. Catch in your support-hand the round
coming out of the chamber. Put that round right back into the magazine using your firing-hand.
Continue to add rounds until the magazine is full. Then promptly close the bolt to chamber
a round and return to the ready. You are now ready for your next shot with a fully-loaded
rifle. A tactical reload is done with your eyes downrange, looking for trouble or additional
game. And again a tactical reload at normal speed.
We will now demonstrate the rapid assumption of various field positions. The position you
use in the field will be dictated by terrain, visibility, speed in and out of the position,
steadiness, cover and concealment and of course comfort. We will demonstrate the most common
braced field position. Upon completing a course at Front Sight you will be able to quickly
assume the positions of your choice in the field. Kneeling is the fastest in and out
of position. Ready, go! Note that the rear end is touching the heel and the support-side
elbow is placed just forward of the knee for good support. The use of a sling in braced
positions will increase steadiness significantly reducing group size.
Squatting is also very fast in and out of position. Ready, go! Squatting gives two points
of contact to support the rifle. Note that both elbows contact the inside of the thighs
for excellent support.
Sitting can be done rapidly and is the most versatile of all the field positions. Ready,
go! Note both elbows are supported and the rear-end is on the ground for the most stable
shooting platform. Muzzle elevation is controlled by the placement of the elbows and bending
at the waist.
Prone is rarely used in the field due to vegetation and terrain obstructing the line of sight.
However, when prone is possible, there is no steadier position to shoot from. Ready,
go! Note the heels are flat, the support-side elbow is directly under the fore-end for good
bone support, the stock is pulled in tight to the shoulder pocket and the cheek is welded
to the stock.
The use of African shooting sticks, mono-pod shooting sticks, tree branches, tree trunks, rock outcroppings,
or any other rest will also greatly improve the steadiness of your position and thus improve
your ability to hit.