Position Analysis: Squatting

This used to be one of my favorite positions.  In theory it’s awesome.  It’s quicker than kneeling, but more accurate.  I used to think it was more precise than the sitting positions.  I have actually had some success with it making hits that I had no business making.  I have had time to become aware of some of the limitations of this position.

Once again I had no photographer on location with me as I shot this position.  As with the last two positions I covered, my 2011 article will have to suffice for an illustration and description of this position.  I should note that I quit using cute names for shooting positions in favor of names that are descriptive of what the position really is.

I shot this position from exactly 100 yards.  I don’t have the exact weather conditions on hand.  I used no elevation or windage adjustments.  To see my testing protocols click here.

Slow Fire:

Slow 2

Time Stress:

Time Stress 2

Time Stress Exerted

Time Stress Exerted

My groups translated to the following distances for my static, highly visible 4” target:

86- to Squatting

Maximum Distance 99 To Squatting

If you bothered clicking on the link for my 2011 article on this position, you may have noticed that I shot a little better back then.  This was one of the few positions in which that was the case.  I will say that back then I put in a lot of practice in every position I posted a group on, and all of these were shot coming in cold.

The position did a fair job of holding up under stressors.  The Time Stress group was 96.85% as precise as the slow fire position, while the average of all positions was 87.76%.  I would have expected the Time Stress Exerted Group to have been worse because of the way the thighs and torso are in contact.  The Time Stress Exerted Group, shot after doing 80 jumping jacks and 20 pushups, was 72.09% as precise as the slow fire group, while the average of all positions was 73.74% as precise.

The time from the start signal for the time stress and time stress exerted groups until my first shot, which is the time it took me, from a standing position about a foot away from my rifle, to load my magazines, load the rifle, and assume a firing position, was 57.77 and 91.86 seconds respectively, averaging 74.82 seconds.  Obviously something went wrong the second time around, and I don’t know what.  My vague recollection is that I had trouble finding my natural point of aim.  The average of all positions, for comparison, was 57.33.  This position, taken at its average, was the slowest of all positions to fire the first shot.

The average split time for this position, excluding reloads, was 7.95 seconds (low 5.13 , high 12.62).  The average time of all the positions was 6.53.  Bolt manipulation was not the issue causing the longer split times.  Chalk it up to the position being a little wobbly and me wanting to see a better shot than I was seeing.  This was the second slowest of all the positions in terms of the average split time.

The total times of each timed portion of the test were 164.38 and 173.13, averaging 168.76.  The average time of all the positions tested was 134.48 seconds.  You can probably guess what happens when you combine the slowest of all average first shot with the second slowest split times.  This was the slowest of all positions for the total courses of fire.

So what seems at first glance to be a very fast position to get into and fire a shot, actually turns out to be a very fast position to get into, but sort of a fussy one in terms of firing a shot.  We have a position that’s just a little bit taller than sitting, and less precise, which is to be expected.  It is not a position to spend more than a moment in, unless ruining your knees is fine with you.  It has its uses, but it is not a position to use as a first choice, or as a substitute for sitting.

 

2 thoughts on “Position Analysis: Squatting

  1. I tend to agree, though I have not given this position the amount of time I should. It is a nice substitute for standing, if one has the extra time and can still have a clear line to the target.

    • What really was enlightening to me was how slow it really was, unless you just happen to plop down and find yourself immediately happy with the sight picture. My thoughts on my own shooting from these position is that in the balance of accuracy and speed, kneeling probably has an edge unless time is obviously abundant for some reason.

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