Tactical Rifle Scores 19 April 2003
Competitor Place Points Rank % of acc Died Shot the hostage
Ken Reed 1st 170 8 91%
Dick Runnels 2nd 159 14 85%
Neill Goodfellow 3rd 154
Devin Jones 4th 154 16 83% X
Larry Webster 5th 152 17 82% X
Dewey Winstead 6th 150 18 81%
Myron Webster 7th 144 21 77%
Matt Goodfellow 8th 122 32 66% XX (twice)
Aaron Goodfellow 9th 100 43 54% XX "
Fundamental of Shooting cont.
Feet should be a comfortable distance apart. Knees slightly bent. Your hips and shoulders should be square to the threat. Shoulders rolled forward slightly and a curve forward in the upper body for balance, this will also help in handling recoil. Keep your head steady. This can be called a fighting stance. This stance will help you reduce motion in a variety of situations and will give you a consistent shooting platform.
The shooter should gain a "shooting grip" either on the wrist or pistol grip of the weapon. With this grip you should exert some rearward pressure to the shoulder. For most forms of tactical shooting you should keep your elbow down. Almost all administrative manipulation of the weapon such as, charging, moving the safety, clearing malfunction, and reloading should be done with the support hand. Using the support hand to preform these functions will allow you to maintain your shooting grip, and keep the threat engaged.
The shooter looks through the rear sight, looking through the "window" to the front sight. Keeping the eyes focused on the front sight maintaining "sight alignment". With "sight alignment" achieved the shooter then places the top edge of the front sight post on the intended target (point of impact). This is referred to as your sight picture. The sights must stay aligned and the picture maintained throughout the trigger pull and recoil. Don't immediately lift your head from the weapon.
This is the firm, constant, even pressure placed on the trigger by the trigger finger. Firm, even pressure is the key. What is not fully understood is that proper sight alignment (sight picture) and proper trigger control must be preformed together. Do not pull the trigger as this will distort your sight picture and with you sights mis-aligned you will not hit the target where you intend to hit it. Also use the pad of your trigger finger to apply the "even" pressure, do not lay your finger on the stock if you can help it. this too will negatively effect the sight picture.
Follow through is simply bringing the weapon back to target immediately after the shot. This also aids in reducing the motion of the weapon when firing. It also allows the shooter to better apply force, a second shot if required.
Scan and Breath;
Other than in a sniper tactical application where breathing is a part of maintaining your sight picture and pressing the trigger. Once the shooter preforms follow through and he decides that another shot isn't needed, the shooter should then scan and breath. This is nothing more than lowering the muzzle (not the whole firearm) to a cover and ready position. While doing this look right and left across the threat area. Stay alert for additional threats. Breathing gets the needed oxygen flowing back through your system.