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The Rifle Drills course is an on-line curricula consists of 15 short instructional modules with quizzes.

The predecessor to the Rifle Drills Course is the Handgun Drills course which we encourage everyone to start with. By building on the foundation of the Handgun Drills course you will more quickly learn what works for you should you be afforded the luxury of enough time to retrieve your long gun.

In this Rifle Drills course, we will provide you with the study materials needed to begin mastering stress resistant gun handling techniques for the rifle. This course will introduce you to drills that you should practice at home (dry) and on the range (live).

The drill modules should be completed in order, after which the student can revisit any module at any time to refresh their memory. Students who complete all 15 modules and pass the quizzes will be awarded a certificate that can be posted to their profile page.

INSTRUCTIONS: Watch the video, read the narrative, review the still photos then take the quiz at the bottom. When done move on to the next module indicated at the bottom.

DURATION: 30 Minutes

 

RIFLE DRILLS - 06 PRESENTATIONS Next is how to properly present your rifle from the carry positions mentioned in the previous chapters, to your target. 

When you present correctly (in a straight path), you will find yourself getting on target quickly, and with little frustration.

Technique Note:

You will notice that in all of the presentations, we encourage you to press the stock of your rifle out and away from your body as you bring the rifle up and into your line of sight. Then, as the rifle begins to level out, you draw it back in towards your shoulder pocket (not on the shoulder, but in the pocket).

The reason we encourage this technique is because it builds a good habit of getting your rifle stock away from your body and thereby clearing any cool weather clothing or tactical equipment you may be wearing, either now or in the future.

If you expect that you will never have to fight in a climate where cold weather will necessitate even a jacket, or you know for a fact you will neve wear any tactical equipment, feel free to ignore this advice.

If, on the other hand, you suspect that may need this technique for the aforementioned reasons, then build in the good habit now, so that you don't need to relearn under the most inconvenient of times.

Presenting from the Various Ready Positions:

FROM THE FIELD READY

As was mentioned in the previous chapter, the field ready is the position that you will find yourself in most often, because it is the most comfortable way to hold the rifle for a long period of time.

The downside of the field ready is that it is the slowest of all of the positions to present your rifle from. Therefore if you feel that contact is eminent, you will probably choose a different position to carry the rifle.

That being said, let's begin the with presenting from the field ready since you will be in this position most often.

01 Stand Normal - Begin by standing in the relaxed field ready position.

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Start to bring the muzzle up towards your target, as you do so, push the rifle out and away from your body, while your firing side thumb disengages the safety.

02 Push and Safety - Press the rifle out and away, while disengaging the safety.

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Continue to bring the rifle barrel into your line of sight, and as the barrel levels out towards your target, your trigger finger should be on the trigger beginning to take out the slack.

Simultaneously, as the stock begins reach the correct position in your shoulder for the proper mount, begin to bring the rifle back towards you, into your shoulder pocket. As the rifle begins to move back towards your shoulder pocket use your support hand to help guide your sights onto target while the support hand assists the firing side hand in pulling the rifle into your shoulder.

03 Back to Shoulder - Both hands now bring the rifle back into your shoulder, firing hands finger on trigger, slack out.

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At the point that the rifle is in your line of sight, and you know you can guarantee a solid hit, your are cleared to take the shot. Much like the rapid shooting technique learned with the handgun, you don't have to wait for the rifle to be perfectly locked into position before you shoot.

04 On Target - Maintain the rearward pull, on target = on trigger, slack out, and ready to fire.

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Finally, regardless of the position you begin in (field, high, or ready), as a rule of thumb, once you present and shoot, return to the ready position, as doing so will set you up for success in the contact drills we are about to share with you in the next chapter.

FROM THE READY

The benefit of the ready position is offers you the fastest presentation time over the other positions. Yet, as you have probably surmised from your study of the Tactics Manual, there is a give and take trade-off (the principle of duality) that you need to be aware of. In the case of the ready position the trade off for the speed is a great deal of stress on the body (trying to balance about 7 lbs. of weight at arms length all day take a lot out of anyone).

Begin by keeping the elements of a good stance that we spoke of in the previous chapter, we are prepared to present from the ready position.

05 Ready to Fight - Begin by being in the ready to fight stance of the ready position. Trigger finger straight, off the trigger and on it's tactile reference point.

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Since the stock is already positioned in your shoulder there is no need to press the rifle away from you as you should do in the field and high ready positions. Simply continue to apply pressure to the rear with both hands pulling the rifle into your shoulder as you come up onto target.

Once you have identified your target, maintain the isometric tension and snap the rifle onto target by rotate the muzzle up into your line of sight, as you do so disengage the safety.

Once the safety is off, move your trigger finger onto the trigger and begin to take the slack out.

06 Snap and Safety - Snap rifle up, while disengaging the safety.

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Continue to bring the rifle barrel into your line of sight, and as the barrel levels out towards your target, your trigger finger should be on the trigger beginning to take out any slack in the trigger.

07 On Target - Keep rearward pressure, on target = on trigger, slack out and ready to fire.

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Again, regardless of the position you begin in, as a rule of thumb, once you present and shoot, return to the ready position, as doing so will set you up for success in the contact drills you are about to learn in the next chapter.

Can you deviate from the rule of thumb (such as running in a one handed high ready)? Sure you can, but again, practice the basics and get them down solidly first, then you can begin to modify as our skill and safety levels pick up.

FROM THE HIGH READY

The high ready is a nice compromise between the ready and the field ready, as it is not as tiring as the ready, yet almost as fast as the ready to present from.

Think of the high ready as a position you would carry the rifle for extended periods of time when contact isn't necessarily eminent, yet probable.

Begin by keeping the elements of a good high ready stance that we spoke of in chapter 05.

08 High Ready - Stock trapped under arm, trigger finger straight, eyes - muzzle - target.

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Start by pushing the rifle out and away from you (clearing any tactical gear or clothing) while you press your front sight towards your desired impact area, simultaneously disengage the safety.

While you press the rifle away, you should be maintaining the "eyes - muzzle - target" concept.

09 Push and Safety - Press the rifle out and away, while disengaging the safety.

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Continue to bring the rifle barrel into your line of sight, and as the rifle levels out towards your target, your trigger finger should be on the trigger beginning to take the slack out.

Simultaneously, as the stock begins reach the correct position in your shoulder for the proper mount, begin to bring the rifle back into your shoulder pocket. As the rifle begins to move back towards your shoulder pocket, once again begin to bring both the support and firing side hand back towards your shoulder.

10 Back to Shoulder - Bring the rifle back towards your shoulder pocket, finger on trigger, slack out.

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As you rapidly apply the rearward tension, the rifle should now be settling into your shoulder pocket, both hands now pulling inwards to your body.

At the point that the rifle is in your line of sight, and you know you can guarantee a solid hit, your are cleared to take the shot. Much like the rapid shooting technique learned with the, you don't have to wait for the rifle to be perfectly locked into position before you shoot.

11 On Target - Continue to build that rearward tension to shoulder the rifle, on target = on trigger, slack out and ready to fire.

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Remember: regardless of the position you begin in, once you present and shoot, return to the ready position, as doing so will set you up for success in the contact drills you are about to learn.