There’s a lot of debate going around in the online gun world concerning the proper way to hold a rifle. Whether you’ve only seen guns in action movies or are a veteran shooter yourself, then you probably know that there are enough different types of rifles out there to make the question of how to hold one worth asking.
For one thing, there are significant differences between the way rifles from different parts of the world are intended to be held. Some require you to lower your head to the sight rail and others bring the sighting device up to your eye.
Some rifles are cocked and chambered in different ways. This will affect the way you should hold your hands. Other rifles feature grips in differing locations. And, of course, if you’re a cowboy action SASS shooter, then you know that some of the older rifle styles with a revolver design require you to keep your hand behind the cylinder. Otherwise, you could get a nasty injury from the escaping gases.
Finally, it goes without saying that the way you intend to use the rifle, as well as your own personal preferences and body type, will also affect the way you should hold your gun.
If you look the topic up online, you’ll probably see a few heated arguments in the forums about which hold is best.
To help with all the ire and confusion, check out the Honest Outlaw’s take on the how to hold a rifle.