A postmortem inspection revealed that the bullet had hit it in the mouth. There was no exit wound. The chickens snacked on bits of its fat while we skinned it. No, we did not eat it.
Porpoising is named for the porpoise, which jumps out of the water in and dives back in in an arc. Some people draw their pistols up in an arc that travels over the horizontal plane that extends from the eye to the target, which creates a lot of wasted motion, and therefore wasted time. It also obstructs one’s line of sight to the target, which is important. All of these issues for pistol technique hold true for the rifle as well..
I believe that the best way to make that process the most consistent it can be is to be as relaxed as possible. Next time you prepare to fire the rifle, take note of your whole body just before you break the shot. Your exhale should cue your body into relaxation. Make sure you feel that stock sink right into your shoulder pocket. That’s all for now.
This post wouldn’t be complete without a gratuitous shot of an RS2 sling in the snow:
I did not plan for this post, but there is too much information that can be obtained just from photos to have a bunch of text interfering with it. If you would like to contribute to the data repository, send me a photo of your rifle, preferably on an inch grid with a grid line at the point your finger engages the trigger. I’m going to rule out rifles with horizontal grips, such as lever actions) for now. Thank you.
Things to observe in the photos:
-Height of the pistol grip in reference to the trigger.
Hogue Overmolded, FN Model 70 action
Manners MCS-T (I apologize for the lack of bottom metal. This stock was bedded for a different rifle and loaned to me.)
McMillan Baker Special
Ruger Scout Rifle
A reader submitted a photo of the McMillan A3-5. It appears to be fitted to a McMillan G30. I find it strange that while he was considerate enough to send a photo of the stock, he was not considerate enough to send a photo of my hand on the stock. Some people… (Joking. I am very thankful, it was on a grid, no less!)
It looks as though the distance from the top of the grip is approximately 2.25″ and the bottom is 2.5″. What really is different about this grip is how high it is in relation to the trigger. The top of the gripping surface originates at the same plane that the trigger originates. This is different than any of the other stocks from a functional standpoint. The PBR and McMillan Baker special also originate from about the same place, but the curve will cause the firing hand to rotate down. The TRG has a spacer to force the user’s hand down. Note the AR grip. It originates below the bottom of the trigger. Interesting…
Imagine your rifle as a straight rod with the muzzle pointing to the direction of your support side (not at your support side). When your arms are held in front of you, as relaxed as they can be with your fists out in front, your muzzle should be pointing slightly up and to the left for a right handed shooter. To put the rifle in port arms, simply lower the firing hand and raise the support hand.
Steven Spielberg edited the gun out of this photo and put in a roll of wrapping paper (non-specific “winter holiday” type), just it keep it PC. OK, that was a lie. Actually I don’t own a gun that’s perfectly cylindrical.
To stop that bending, you’d need to raise your elbow to approximately a 45° angle above horizontal. This is very likely why the “chicken wing” is so strongly advocated among those who practice marksmanship as it was taught up through the 1950’s or so.