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The prone position is the steadiest shooting position and the one from which the fundamentals of rifle shooting are best learned. It is a good position for firing accurate shots. The prone position is usually not suitable when hunting in tall grass or dense brush that can obscure the line of sight to the target and may deflect the path of the bullet.

Prone shooting position


  • If you are right-handed, lie on your stomach with your body slightly to the left of the line of aim. If you are left-handed, reverse this position.
  • Keep your back straight and legs in a relaxed position.
  • Both elbows should be bent and your shoulders curved slightly forward to form a solid upper body position. The upper-body and arms support the rifle weight.