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3. Rifle Ready Positions



British / Euro Ready Position:

 This is a comfortable way to carry the rifle over longer distances, where the risk of encountering targets are medium. But for situations where the risk of you encountering targets are high, you need to switch to another ready position




Low-Ready position:


    I switch to the Low-ready position from the British / Euro Ready position, when closing in on an objective and when patrolling through urban terrain and wooden areas.

   The reason for using this over the Brit / Euro position is the speed in getting shots off from it. There is only three things you need to do, when you encounter a target: "One" Raise your rifle and "two" take aim, then "three" pull the trigger. On the Brit / Euro position you have to: First "one" seat the butt in the shoulder, this is done while "two" raising/swinging your rifle up from pointing down and out to the side. Then "three" take aim, then "four" pull the trigger.

    Note: In IPSC shooting it is generally known that cutting away movement makes you faster. Apply it to your combat training.

   It's most important features are:

   The butt of the rifle is securely seated in the "pocket" in your shoulder, this is the most important difference from other ready positions, like the British / Euro-Ready Position. And the almost Underarm-Assault carry commonly seen in the U.S. Armed Forces.

   The rifle is pointing down at around a 45 degree angle and you turn your head and scan for targets without raising the rifle and waving it around. When a target appears you just simply raise the rifle around 45 degrees and take aim and shoot. This ready position gets very fast shots off with just a little practice.

    The safety is off, the trigger finger is out of the trigger guard.


    When I'm approaching an objective, I'm continually scanning for targets, and I sometimes switch into the High-Ready, if I feel, there's a possibility that targets may appear from certain spots. But generally I stay in the Low-Ready most of the time.





The High Ready position:




   The High Ready Position shown here,.is not the same as the High Ready that Gunsite teach. That one is also called the Outdoors Ready, and since I feel it is inferior to this in all respects, I have decided not to included it in this program. This High Ready position is mostly used in combination with the Low-Ready and doesnt really have to have a another name, but now it does.


    I use it mainly when I have just engaged a target and don't want to be caught off guard. So I lower my rifle to where, I can see over the optical sight, and use my peripheral vision to full effect, but no more. Then I scan the area for more targets and if anymore appears, I just raise the rifle a few centimeters and fire. If it's a close range shot, I don't use the optical sight, but use the emergency rubber post and notch on top of it.

    It is even faster than the Low-Ready and that's why you should not lower your rifle anymore than your line of sight is free.

    When scanning for targets, your eyes are capable of moving at much higher speeds than your body, which means that you can scan a significantly larger area for targets in much lower time, than you are able to, if you continually aim your rifle at the spots you are scanning. So if you point your rifle everywhere your eyes are looking, you are basically limiting the information flow to your brain and you are limiting your tactical awareness.

    If you are doing room clearing and have at least one buddy with you, you have fields of fire, that are very specified, for where you are positioned. In those instances, it is much more sound, if you most of the time look and point your rifle at the same general spots continually.

    It's most important features are:

    The butt of the rifle is seated in the shoulder and the rifle is raised to almost firing position, just below your line of sight.

    Safety is off and the trigger finger is out of the trigger guard.


   Only when you raise the rifle completely into firing position and your sight are on the target should your finger come onto the trigger.





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