So far we’ve covered the offhand, and kneeling positions. It seems reasonable to cover the sitting positions next. It sounds to me a bit odd to shoot at something in the field while sitting on my rear end. It’s a little counter-intuitive to say to oneself, “Hey, let’s just have a seat, get comfortable, and send some lead downrange.” In other words, sitting is usually not a position from which we capture the initiative and kick some behind.
Actually the reason for sitting that would make sense is that, for whatever reason, the prone position is unavailable but we still need a steady position to make the most accurate shot possible. Why would prone not be available? Maybe there’s a little water on the ground, a small intervening hill, or medium length grass obstructing your view… you get the idea. Your rear end just happens to be a convenient means to an end. I don’t think that sounded right.
Sitting position tends to be difficult for newer shooters to understand- not intellectually, but to physically make it work. It can take a little work to find the position that feels a little steady. There are 3 orthodox variations of the sitting position that come immediately to mind: open leg, cross leg, and cross ankle. I’m going to cover each one in depth this month for your pleasure. That really didn’t sound right either.
The sitting position, generally speaking, is significantly slower than any of the positions that we have discussed previously. You have to transition from your feet to your rear end, and that’s obviously going to involve some measure of time. One way to decrease the time involved, again generally speaking, is to engage in a controlled fall, for lack of a better term, and use a free hand to help break the fall.
A second potential disadvantage of the collective sitting positions is that they don’t readily lend themselves to shooting from cover. This may or may not be a big deal to you. I would guess if your target shoots back it’s a big deal. I’m not saying it’s impossible to utilize cover, but for it to work, your cover is going to be shaped a little weird.
The main advantage is that the position tends to be pretty accurate once you get the hang of it. The position is low, there’s a lot of contact between you and the ground, both elbows are supported, and you’re drunk. Scratch that last one.
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