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There are four standard rifle-firing positions: prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling.


The most challenging position, standing, requires both a great deal of practice and careful attention to observing the firing fundamentals.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, pointing slightly away from the target. Keep your legs straight and knees soft.
  • Right-handed shooters will support the firearm with the left hand and arm, and vice versa. Position the supporting arm perpendicular to the firearm, with the forearm resting in the supporting palm. The supporting elbow may rest on your hip or rib cage.
Standing shooting position