View Full Version : Carbine recoil control, rearward
Mr McNamara, could you please explain your take on recoil control, specifically how much pressure you are putting against your firing shoulder and with which hand? Hard pull with support hand, looser with firing hand? Pull with firing hand/loose with support? Even with both? Stretch the gun, ala Rob Haught's shotgun technique?
When I teach classes I will simply tell students to pull the rifle into the pocket of their shoulder once they are squared up and have a semi-athletic stance (check your toes. They should not be coming off of the ground). You should also form a solid cheek to stock weld which will provide downward force. This is sometimes neglected. The shooter most also hold or consume as much of the rifle as possible.
I will not advise a student to exert more force with one hand/arm versus the other. I will allow the shooter, through discovery learning, to decide what is right for him. Sort of like a pistol grip. I can remember being taught to grip a pistol with a 70 to 30 grip ratio with 70% coming from the support hand. If I am at 55 to 45 am I soup sandwich? When I analyze my pistol grip, both hands seem to applying similar force. The same goes for my carbine. The pulling force into the pocket of my shoulder seems to be equally distributed between both arms and the downward pressure of the cheek to stock weld is assisting in adding stability to the shooting platform.
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