I wrote this one specifically for the bent leg prone. Next time I take pictures I will get some of the straight leg prone, and do a write up on that. Additionally, the sitting essay is done, but it too needs some additional photo work. In the meantime, here is a description, with pictures, of the bent leg prone position: After learning your rifle's mechanisms and sling, you are ready to learn the basic firing positions. As stated earlier, all field positions represent a compromise between stability and mobility. The offhand position is very mobile, but unsteady, as the rifle has only the sling and the shooters support hand to steady it. The prone position is the most stable, and hence the most accurate, but is immobile, as the shooter is prostrate. Further, it limits the shooters field of vision if low-lying scrub and tall grass are between the target and shooter. The sitting position is a good compromise in these instances, as it places the shooter above the grass and low scrub, is stable (if the shooter assumes it correctly), and is more mobile than prone (easier to assume and return to a standing position than prone). The AQT requires shooting from the offhand, sitting or kneeling (shooter's choice), and the prone position. Since you will sight in your rifle from the prone position, and it is required for both the three hundred and four hundred meter strings of fire, I will address the prone position first. Again, although I am not and never will be a Marine, the USMC's Rifle Marksmanship is a top shelf document and an invaluable reference for the new would-be Rifleman (you are not a Rifleman until you score expert on the AQT; until that day, you are just a cook): Of the prone position variations, I will cover the "Cocked Leg Prone Position with the Loop Sling". It is the most common prone position, the most comfortable in terms of absorbing recoil, and it is easy to assume. If time is pressing, the shooter can also use the hasty or hasty-hasty slings in the prone position as well. To assume this prone position, begin by placing a loop sling on your support arm, as explained previously. Do not shoulder the rifle yet. There are two ways to get into the prone position from standing. One may kneel and kick his feet behind him; or, one may kneel, and move forward into the position. In a field situation, you will base your choice on available cover and time (if moving forward into position would cause you to crowd your cover, you would want to move back into position; similarly, if you may want to move forward to find cover). In both variations, use your support hand to break your fall, and to help you get into a strong prone position (Figure 1). If moving forward into position, use your rifle butt and support arm to help you move forward into position. If moving back into position, kick your feet back, and lie down into position. You will need to lie down, body facing at an approximate forty-five degree angle, body facing toward the strong side, with the rifle facing the target (Figure 2). Once lying down, roll onto your left side, and keep your support (left for right-handed shooters) elbow on the ground (this is the foundation of your position) and move your body around the elbow until your sights are on target. Do not try to move the rifle's sights on target with your arms. Your rifle must face the target naturally. Later, you will learn that finding this natural point of aim is what separates the Riflemen from the cooks. Your support leg should be straight, and your strong leg drawn up, until its knee is nearly touching your strong elbow. This bent leg helps to absorb recoil, and is important in delivering sustained accurate rapid fire (Figures 4 and 5). Your sling should be so tight that you have to place the stock in the shoulder with the strong hand. When you bring the strong side elbow down, it creates a cam motion that really tightens the rifle into the shoulder pocket. You will need that sling tight, because the third stage of the AQT is rapid fire, preparing to for that truism of riflery: "A Rifleman fires every shot rapid fire". Scoring expert on the AQT requires accurate rapid fire. (Figure 1, using your arm to support your weight) (Figure 2, getting into the prone position (Figure 3, settling in) (Figure 4, the prone position) (Figure 5, another view of prone; note the strong knee drawn up to aid in absorbing recoil) It is from the prone position that you will likely sight in your rifle. As previously mentioned, many gun owners only shoot from the bench. A Rifleman never shoots from the bench. A well-established prone position is nearly as steady, and allows the shooter to track his progress, and improve his ability. You will use the prone position for two stages of the AQT (three hundred meter rapid fire and four hundred meter slow fire), simulating real life situations. The prone position makes the shooter a small silhouette, and allows for accurate fire at longer ranges. Next up, the sitting position. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!