The Importance of Proper Shooting Mechanics
Have you ever seen a long gun kick so hard that the gun actually hurts the shooter? A prime example of what I'm talking about is when the rifle scope smacks the shooter in the face, causing injury. There are any number of reasons why your rifle scope may want to reach out and give your eyeball a kiss, with the most popular reasons being:
- No clue how to hold a rifle.
- No clue what proper eye relief is.
Either way, the resounding point is that some people just have no clue what they're doing. And every so often, both of those reasons listed above are combined to make a failure of epic proportions. This poor guy in the below video didn't have the rifle properly seated into his shoulder pocket AND his optic could be a little too close to his face. Of course, I wasn't looking through the scope, so It's hard to tell for sure. But, based on the fact that he had the gun sitting in the wrong spot shows that he hasn't the slightest idea what he's doing.
So, what's the point? First, make sure the butt of the firearm is resting firmly in your shoulder pocket instead of your bicep. If your arm takes the brunt of the recoil, it will move and allow the gun to move, as well. If it does move, and the scope is too close to your face, you're gonna get hit with it. When your gun is planted firmly into your shoulder, the energy will move through your body not allowing the gun to move as much. Here's the video: