BSIS Firearms Training Manual - October 2001 Edition

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 Firearm Training Manual  76

C. Proper Positions 

Explain and demonstrate to students in the Course of Fire, that two shooting stances, standing and kneeling, will be used on the range. However, seven proper positions will be demonstrated and taught: (1) Point Shoulder position. (2) Standing, barricade or supported position. (3) Kneeling position. (4) Sitting position. (5) Prone position. (6) Cover and Concealment. And (7) Bouncing Bullets. 

1. Point Shoulder Positions (Demonstration and Practice). 

  a. Stand directly in front of the target. 
  b. Spread your feet approximately shoulder's width apart but not to the point where you are uncomfortable. Stand squarely facing the target. 
  c. Put your weight on the balls of your feet. This will allow you to turn your position a full 90 degrees to either side, should the need arise. Keep your back straight. 
  d. Flex your knees. The degree of flexibility varies with individuals. This position promotes several advantages: 
    (1) Aids in weapon retention. 
    (2) It lowers your center of gravity. 
    (3) Makes you a smaller target. 
    (4) Helps to keep you steady. 
    (5) Helps absorb recoil. 
    (6) Aids in rapid recovery. 
    (7) Provides a natural point. 

2. Standing, barricade or supported position (Demonstration and Practice) 

a. Stand with both feet behind a barricade. 
b. Remove the firearm from the holster with the strong hand. 
c. Bring the firearm up to eye level, extending the hand beyond the barricade or supported by the other hand that is against the barricade. 
d. The barricade should shield the body at all times. 
(1) Right-handed position on barricade. 


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