I’ve been avoiding shooting offhand. In the back of my mind, I didn’t really think I needed to work on it. The USPSA shooting style I did living in Montana taught me a lot about shooting while standing or moving, but I have to admit that it is an entirely different rule book and accuracy requirement than my stated goals. And, with the upcoming EIC match, I think I’m woefully unprepared to shoot from the offhand position. So, I’ve been spending quite a bit more time practicing it.
Thus far, I had adopted the modern squared-up stance with hunched shoulders and my support hand extended relatively far down the handguard. While this position is certainly great for controlling the muzzle and moving from target to target in a 1-5 drill, it is very unstable. Almost all the weight of the rifle is supported purely between the bicep and deltoid muscles. Stable marksman positions rely on steady bone-on-bone contact to take the muscles out of the game. Rifleslinger has a very good writeup on traditional offhand, but he still has the support elbow floating in mid air. I also found that I keep wanting to point my right elbow down “tactical style” rather than holding it up comfortably in the traditional stance. I also came across this video, which demonstrates the type of offhand I usually see in pictures of NRA high power matches.
This method seems particularly suited to the AR-15 platform, which works well for me since that’s what I’ll be competing with next month. In my practice sessions, it seems to be working well. But until I can get to the range to check, the results aren’t going to be provable.