Field Target Techniques
Tips on being a better field target shooter
Practice your shooting positions.
• The basis of the field target
position is a tripod, formed by your two feet and your butt.
yourself across your knees with one arm, elbow and hand. You should be stable
• If stability is a problem, you might try a
• It is essential that your position be relaxed. If you are straining to
hold position, something is wrong and the shot will be affected. One simple
approach to finding the correct position of your body is to aim, close your
eyes for about 15 seconds; your aiming point should now be almost exactly
the same as before -- if not, move your whole body to adjust and try again
until this works.
- Control your breathing. Take a breath, let it out half way, and shoot.
A common worry is how one should adjust for shooting at "extreme" uphill/downhill
angles. Chairgun was
used to create a table of hold unders needed
for various angles and distances. Looking at this table will explain the development
of the Airgunner's Rule (apologies to the
Rule): If the angle is less than 20 degrees or the distance less than 20
yards, shoot for the center. Otherwise, aim for the bottom of the kill
Note that one shoots lower for angled shots whether the angle is uphill or
downhill. Also, unless the angle is pretty extreme (and 20 degrees will feel
like shooting straight up or down), one does nothing.
Introduction to Field Target by
This was created as course material for new shooters interested in field target
of the Rifle by MEC. Excellent book aimed at 3-Position shooters (only
standing and kneeling match FT positions), but the approach to building a position
is excellent reading for very serious FT shooters. Copies available from