Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Fighting Positions

Depending on your fight – time, distance, and the environment – you may need to fight from a position other than standing. Whenever possible we want to keep on our feet so we have mobility. But, objects in our environment that could be used for cover may require you to lower your profile to take advantage of the protection they provide. A precision shot needs stability, which is achieved by lowering our center of gravity, and creating more contact points between our body and something solid, like the ground. Or we may need to change our angle of fire. Taking a head shot, for example, from kneeling, to avoid possibly injuring bystanders in the area.

In a fight we use fighting positions, which will likely be different from shooting positions. For example, sitting is a great shooting position, but rarely used in fights. We use positions that are quick to get into, but equally important quick to get out of. Fights are usually dynamic and everyone is moving; you need to be able to get on your feet quickly to move or relocate as necessary. The variations of kneeling- such as the speed kneel, dropping down to your strong side knee, and double kneeling, where you drop onto both knees – are good examples of “reactive” positions. They are quick to drop into, and quick to get out of. Squatting is another reactive position, but it either works for you or it doesn’t. When squatting you have to have both heels flat on the ground. Otherwise you won’t have stability. If a position doesn’t create a stable platform you can’t shoot accurately. Remember that preparing for a fight is about learning what to do, but also includes discovering what your personal limitations are. It’s better to figure this out on the range as opposed to making a mistake during a fight.

“Premeditated” positions, such as prone or roll-over prone, take more time to get into and out of, and are generally reserved for specific applications as compared to reactive positions, which have a wider variety of applications. Then there are all the other possible positions that may be needed as dictated by the situation. If I have to make a precision shot I may brace against something like a corner or window to create stability. Just remember don’t stick your muzzle past anything when you don’t know what’s on the other side of it, where someone could attempt to disarm you, or put any body parts past that object where they could be injured by incoming fire.

There are a million different scenarios you could come up with, and still not hit on the one you’ll be faced with. So, once again our task is to learn all we can about the various fighting positions, and then practice them. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each position. Then when it’s time to fight you quickly evaluate the situation, choose the correct position, and win that confrontation.


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | AR-15, General Training

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