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Old May 22, 2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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It worked for me

As old age advanced, it began to take longer to assume kneeling and sitting positions to shoot from. About 15 years ago, arthritis made kneeling impossible.

Since prone is usually impractical in the field, and sitting was taking longer to into, I decided that perhaps it was time to expend serious effort in standing offhand.

I purchased a full case (5,000) Remington standard velocity .22 LR rounds and confined my shooting to off hand only. My .22 is an Anschutz 1416 with a 10X Leupold target scope.

I tried to fire a minimum of 100 well aimed shots per week. On warm weather camp outs, I often fired 250 per day for a week. First at 50 yards then 75, then 100.

I wish that iI could say that it was easy, but it wasn't. When the case of ammo ran out, I purchased another. after a year, I could see a great imptovement.

I then began to limit all rifle pracrice, to offhand, regardless of caliber. The AR-15 equiupped with a Trijicon ACOG is truly a joy to shoot offhand.

I niow feel comfortable shooting at game out to 200 yards offhand. If I have time to overcome the arthritis and assume a sitting position, it's almost as good as having a solid rest! Skill in offhand translates to skill in every position.

I know everyone has heard "practice-practice-practice" until you're sick of hearing it.

But my friends, it worked for me.
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Old May 22, 2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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I've given off-handed shooting and one-handed shooting with an AR a go a few times, but I really should apply some more practice to it. Useful techniques if you sustain an injury.
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Old May 23, 2013, 02:15 AM   #3
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Well done!

I'm a firm believer that rounds downrange is what matters, and a few dozen rounds per week over the course of a year will do you a lot more good than a thousand rounds twice a year.

Constant, steady training works "miracles".
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Old May 23, 2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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Two things one mustn't neglect in off hand shooting is the value of a good coach to refine your position and don't underestimate the value of dry firing.

Having attended the NG MTU Coaches Clinic and coaching the AK NG rifle team for many years I thought I had the technique down.

Then I attended the CMP GSM Master Instructor's Course taught by Gary Anderson (Olympic Gold Medalist and still holds the Off Hand Record he set a long time ago) where I really learned proper technique of off hand.

Apply that technique with tons of dry firing and live fire.

Captain Edward C. Crossman has a great section in his book, "Military and Sporting Rifle Shooting" on Off Hand shooting.

Crossman has quite a background in International, High Power Rifle shooting, and coaching US International teams. His book was originally published in 1932 and when I compare it to the instruction by Gary Anderson, I realize they teach the same techniques when it comes to Off Hand.

Both stress the value of dry firing.

But like the OP stresses, it takes practice and lots of hard work.

Also you can't learn offhand (or any other venue of shooting) today and expect to do it tomorrow, you have to keep up you're work or what you gained will be lost.

Rifle matches are won and lost in the off hand position.

To the OP: Good post and congrats on your progress.
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Old May 23, 2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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I've been trying off hand. Everything just feels bizarre.
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Old May 23, 2013, 02:02 PM   #6
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I find that I can shoot better with my off hand. Probably has alot to do with me placing my ego aside and concentrating on the basics.
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Old May 23, 2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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Captain Stuart,

Your points are very well taken. Crossman's book is excellent. I have yet to read Anderson's book. but I look forward to it.

There was one thing that I failed to mention in the first post. Once you've learned the basics of offhand, it's also a lot of fun!

But I would caution that when dry firing a rimfire, either use a target rifle designed for dry fire or use snap caps.
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Old May 23, 2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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Ben D. - I also tend to shoot offhand quite a bit at our range. I love the Zen of shooting a rifle or pistol offhand --- though I have to much scope wobble when it is set around the 10x range --- so I prefer to set my scope power in the 4x range for a steadier sight picture; while shooting offhand.
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Old May 23, 2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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Ben, I am happy to hear you joined the club and I bet you are a better shooter for it no matter what type or caliber gun you shoot.

I guess it's easier when you learn that way first.

Old codger status means kneeling is out because of two bad knees and prone is doable but takes 3 hours to get up, back hips and a bum shoulder make than an interesting experience. I try to get everybody to shoot offhand first before I teach position shooting.

My nephew was getting almost sick of shooting but in spite of everything he became adequate. My kids never did get beyond offhand but they could shoot expert by the time they were 12. Now they live in the Chicago area and don't shoot anymore, tis a shame.
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Old May 23, 2013, 10:14 PM   #10
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Grumpy.

I do believe we have much in common!:

One other little aside. Since starting the truly serious offhand practice, I have found that my ability to "snap shoot" very quickly has improved considerably.

Of course, snap shooting isn't as precise as deliberate shooting, but it has been putting rabbits in the freezer!
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Old May 24, 2013, 06:42 AM   #11
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Just a big "Thank You" to all who posted. If no one else needed the encouragement, . . . I did.

It takes me longer now to get down in the prone position than it used to take me to get down, shoot 5 and get up

Offhand and one knee down are about my only options now, . . . that's where my practice is going.

Also, just picked up a new press, . . . came with free bullets, . . . now I have a real good reason to shoot more, . . . (can't keep free bullets just laying around you know ).

May God bless,
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Old May 24, 2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Just a big "Thank You" to all who posted. If no one else needed the encouragement, . . . I did
Dwight, the thought that a thread I started has encouraged another shooter has made my day! Good luck in your enderavor.
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Old May 25, 2013, 08:22 AM   #13
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Yes, I agree. I have always practiced off hand a lot. I sight a gun in from the bench, then I practice from then on, mostly off hand, because I believe in practicing like I will probably shoot in the field.

I use a rest when I can, and I envy anyone who can get into a solid sitting position in the field, and I remember seeing pictures of Jack O'Conor in a sitting positon, shooting at long range. But a man has to know his limitations, as Eastwood would say. And I never could get into a solid sitting position in the field, unless on a steep hill side or something, and Prone is usually not practical, due to brush, etc, not to mention sometimes it's wet and muddy.

I have killed deer at 200yds off hand, on several occasions, but I probably can't do as well now days as I was capable of when younger, because I don't practice as much. But as far as I am concerned Off hand shooting is your most important practice position.
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Old May 25, 2013, 02:12 PM   #14
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Well done!

I'm a firm believer that rounds downrange is what matters, and a few dozen rounds per week over the course of a year will do you a lot more good than a thousand rounds twice a year.

Constant, steady training works "miracles".
Amen and a second to that!

I recall reading in a gun magazine a while back of on guy who fired 366 rounds a year out of his lever action 30-30. One shot every morning from his front door at a rock 150 yards away on the hillside plus the one that he took his deer with on the first day of each annual hunting season.

For most of us, daily dry firing will have to do, maybe with one of those laser practice devices (that cost about half the price of a new gun). But once a week or two suffices for me.

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