Yes, I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
The Story of Stackfoot Sitting
I first saw this position almost exactly a year ago at some sort of formal shooter get together. Although most of my training has been self-training, I consider myself to be trained in positional shooting. I also tend to be a snob about wanting to use the ‘best’ techniques. Using my training and experience as a reference, my first impression of what I saw when a shooter used this technique led me to think to myself, “What a complete idiot! What moron came up with that abomination?”
I continued to maintain that this technique was useful for only the stupid and those that were too out of shape to loop up in an orthodox sitting position. I also kept seeing it, and couldn’t believe that this was actually anything more than some dude’s lame attempt at cheating reality into hitting a 50” target at 50 yards. I figured I could put this lame dog down with my own test on the source of rifle information that every rifle shooter goes to first for the final word. NO, I DON’T MEAN GUN TALK!!! I’m talking about this blog. Jerk.
The Taste of Crow
I shot this position as I was doing my momentous series of tests of shooting positions that I published last month (yes, I snuck in a ‘stealth’ position in the tests that you didn’t know about- kind of like what NASA actually does [mining cotton candy from the nose of the face on Mars] while they pretend simply to go to the ISS over and over on Russian rockets ). I shot it on the same day as I did cross ankle sitting and squatting. That was the first time I had ever even attempted getting into this position, and it was my live fire, for the record attempt. I probably didn’t want to be defiled by having to actually try practicing some low class, non-competition certified technique. Boy was that a stupid attitude to have.
I was astounded at the performance of what I have named “Stackfoot Sitting”. It simply kicked the crap out of both cross ankle and open leg sitting, both in terms of precision and all measures of time- first shot, split times, and total time.
I don’t really have any sage advice on how to fine tune this thing. I instinctively put my support side foot on top, and that does seem to work best. Not knowing what to do with my support hand, I used it to help control and stabilize the rifle. That works fine. I need to have shoes on to get a horizontal line of sight to a target. To adjust my elevation down I turn my feet. There’s no adjusting up unless you can find a mound or a bag to set your feet on. I think that would be pushing the boundaries of practicality.
Time Stress Exerted:
Here is how the position compared to cross ankle sitting and open leg sitting in my statistical analysis for my 86% and 99% circles.
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 47.88 and 52.81 seconds respectively, averaging 63.02 seconds. The average of all positions, for comparison, was 50.35.
The average split time for this position, excluding reloads, was 4.83 seconds (low 2.77 , high 9.17). The average time of all the positions was 6.53. The fastest of all positions was kneeling at 4.86.
The total times of each timed portion of the test were 117.41 and 112.47, averaging 114.99. The average time of all the positions tested was 134.48 seconds.
This position is faster than the orthodox sitting positions because it doesn’t require the use of a sling, and it is extremely forgiving with regard to natural point of aim. Just plop down, use the feet to adjust elevation, and shoot.
Follow up shots also come very fast. I used my support hand to pull the rifle into my shoulder from just in front of the magazine, so it stayed on target pretty well. This position was about 3/100 of a second slower than the position with the average fastest split times of all, which was kneeling. My fastest split time with the position was 2.77 seconds with a bolt action rifle, which was the fastest split of the eleven positions I tested.
This position is the real deal. I believe that with good trigger control and zero practice in the position you’ll be cleaning stage 2 of the AQT in no time. Now talk amongst yourselves. I’ll be at the range.