I used Ascalon during my dry fire session last evening. I primarily focused on the kneeling, squatting (rice paddy prone), and cross leg positions. Cross leg has always been rather comfortable for me, and I would wager is my best performing of the field positions, though I don’t have any accuracy data to back that up.
Kneeling has always been an issue for me. For whatever reason, my right knee feels very ‘tweaked’ when I tuck it up under my glute muscles. This gets progressively worse if I try to do “low kneeling” and rotate the foot sideways. I did find that shifting more of my weight forward onto the support side knee and foot helped dramatically, but I’m not sure if this was any more stable. Having not had any formal instruction in the matter, I’m not sure if this is correct. I could probably hold the kneeling position long enough for one shot, but holding it for any significant amount of time seems as if it would be difficult.
I did attempt open leg and cross ankle sitting positions, but I clearly do not know what I’m doing. Jeff Cooper talks setting up the position and then relaxing all of your muscles. If done correctly, the position will hold. In my case, If I relax my muscles, my knees droop open and my body collapses down the middle as the flats of my elbows no longer have anywhere to settle. I will continue to review those positions and take another stab at it today.
I perceive no problem with the squatting position, it felt very stable and may become a new favorite.
Another issue of note is the VCAS sling. Cinching it tight and wedging my support elbow against it provides plenty of tension, but I don’t think its quite correct. It still requires a fair bit of tension from my firing hand to hold the rifle in place, and this is not correct, as a proper firing position should stay stable without the firing hand touching the weapon at all. The tension between the support hand, sling, and stock should be enough to hold the weapon steady. I also attempted a more traditional hasty sling, and found the VCAS to simply be too long (a known issue with the padded variety, actually).
I also noted that I am using too much force with my support hand. I think years of ‘tactical’ manhandling of the handguard has developed a bad habit in this regard. Today I will focus on making the “V” shape with my hand and just letting the rifle sit in it without interference.