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Loading Sequence (Above) Note that the right hand remains on the pistol grip throughout the procedure. This controls the gun and this approach is more efficient, especially when shooting on single bull targets using carriers. Note the left hand both changes the target and

is used to load the gun. While not shown, the leg and hip positions using this method are not disturbed as much as when switching hands to load. If the shooter is using the air rifle only for the standing position, switching the cocking mechanism over to the lefthanded side makes sense. Basic Standing Position (Left) Feet are slightly wider than shoulder width. The left foot is pointing straight ahead, parallel to the firing line, with the left leg almost vertical. The left arm is almost vertical to support the weight of the rifle without muscular tension in the arm and shoulder. This model is quite flexible— females generally are. She also has long arms in relation to her torso length so she doesn’t need to use a standing block or palm rest. Her right foot is pointed out slightly

more than normal to relieve tension she feels in the right thigh when both feet are pointing straight ahead. Feet, knees and hips are in line with the target. Hips and below are oriented in a vertical plane. The right arm is held up slightly more in air rifle to provide a better contact area between the right shoulder and the buttplate. The left arm is vertical in order to support the weight of the rifle, transmitting it to the left hip, through the left leg and on to the ground. Note that the left arm and left leg are almost vertical. Shoulders are nearly level with no hunching of the right shoulder to contact buttplate or dropping of the left shoulder to get elbow down to hip. The use of a video camera or even still pictures can yield some very useful comparisons to the principles shown here. The most common error seen in standing positions at competitions around the country is the failure to keep the hips oriented properly. This rotation of the hips breaks down the most important stability factor for the standing position. Pay attention to this one principle and stability will improve. We will examine the prone and kneeling positions in future issues. For more information on the NRA Coach Education Program, visit www.nrahq.org/ education/training/ coaching/index.asp.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - November 2010

Shooting Sports USA - November 2010
Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Contents
Shooter’s News
NRA Online Registration Process Goes Live
Range Bag
Book Review
Score Sheet
3-Position By The Numbers, Part 1
Silhouette Target Shooting
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Shooting Sports USA - November 2010
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - NRA Online Registration Process Goes Live
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Range Bag
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 10
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Book Review
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Score Sheet
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 14
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 3-Position By The Numbers, Part 1
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 17
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 18
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 19
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 20
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 21
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Silhouette Target Shooting
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 23
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 24
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 25
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 29
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Member Info./Classified Ads
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