For the duration of the blog I’ve been harping against the use of shooting benches and trying to promote practice with the rifle in a manner consistent with realistic field use. I’ve just discovered that I’ve developed a crutch that was probably borne of pride for not using a bench.
My crutch, which I can now see is the equivalent of a shooting bench, is the known distance shooting line that allows for comfortable, unobstructed shooting from any position. It wouldn’t have to be on a manicured patch of turf or anything, just a spot that I could comfortably plop down, set up my gear, have my range to target hand fed to me, and take my time to make a shot, or even be timed in a nicely set up, predetermined position. Pete thought I was going to say “bipod” :) .
Real life doesn’t always allow for a comfortable position. Sometimes the distance to target won’t be displayed in yards in a position adjacent to your shooting location. Targets may not remain stationary, or even visible, for very long. Yet I’ve been affording myself these luxuries for most of the time I’ve been shooting.
I’m thinking that a few pieces of steel or perhaps clay pigeons set out on the berm would serve as good targets. I might just go for a walk on the grounds of the range and decide at any moment that “now is the time to take a shot”. If the grass in that location is too tall, I’ll have to figure out a way to get a steady position that affords me the line of sight I need. If there is something in proximity that allows for support I’d have to figure out how to best utilize it. Recognizing cover and making quick and effective use of it is also a great idea.
Another method I’ve used is to number a series of targets, and number a series of shooting locations. Mark these respective locations on a series of index cards. Grab a random card form each stack, then run to that position and shoot that target with as many shots as it takes from any position that will work from that location. Time yourself. That’s a humbling way to spend time at the range.