Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Kneeling Positions

ImageOne of the areas I see that most students need more practice in is shooting from various positions such as kneeling, sitting and prone. In a fight we want to stay on our feet, maintaining the ability to move, but there will be times when you’ll need to make a shot from another position. The variations of kneeling are excellent fighting positions. Kneeling lowers your body, allowing you to take advantage of cover or concealment, and provides stability for accuracy by lowering the body’s center of gravity and creating more contact points between your body and the ground or some other object.

Speed kneeling is simply dropping down onto the strong side knee, forming a triangular base between the knee and foot of the strong side leg and the foot of the support leg. This position is quick to get into, and equally important quick to get out of when it’s time to move. It can also be used to change your angle of fire, for example dropping down to fire at an upward angle to avoid the possibility of injuring bystanders behind the target.

Braced kneeling starts out by dropping down onto the strong side knee, then you continue lowering the body until you can rest the support elbow on the support knee. This position is a little lower than the speed kneel, and resting the support elbow on the knee provides more stability. Ideally your ass should be resting on the heel of the strong side knee for additional stability. Your ability to do this will be dictated by flexibility, and can be improved with practice and stretching.

Double kneeling is one of my favorites. From your fighting stance you drop down onto both knees. This position is quick to assume, and allows you to lean out to the left or right to work around cover. To come up to standing you go to the speed kneel, with the support side knee up, then go to standing. It’s a good idea to scan as you do this, since every time your raise the head you’re getting a different view of the world surrounding you.

In traditional kneeling positions your strong side knee is on the ground, which keeps the hips, upper body and weapon indexed on target. When you have something to rest the front of the rifle on the reverse kneeling works well. In this position the support side knee is on the ground. You rest the weapon the object in front of you and brace the strong elbow on strong side knee. With both the rear and front of the rifle supported this is an extremely stable position and provides excellent accuracy. Keep in mind that anytime you stick your muzzle past objects make sure there’s nobody on the other side of it that can get their hands on your weapon.

Practice is necessary to become familiar with the various kneeling positions. This means working until you can shoot accurately and manipulate your weapon, reloading or clearing malfunctions, without having to adjust or move your body. Learn how each position works so when it’s time to get fightin’ you’re putting accurate hits on target.


March 1, 2012 - Posted by | General Training

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