One of the best sayings I heard as a Ranger was, “the experts don’t have a bunch of secret knowledge, they’ve just mastered the basics”.  Mastering your standard shooting positions, trigger control and sight alignment are the vast majority of what is needed to shoot precisely.  Every now and then, former Ranger sniper team-leader Ryan Cleckner (and the National Shooting Sports Foundation) release a video covering one of the fundamental elements of shooting in great detail.

This lesson we’re covering walks us through getting set in the prone position.  At its most simple, this is just laying down and snuggling up to the rifle, right?  Cleckner has some tips regarding making your prone position the most comfortable, stable and consistent shooting platform possible.

For more information on Ryan Cleckner, try or the Long Range Shooting Handbook.

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