An ‘aha’ moment during dryfire practice tonight.

I try to do some regular dryfire practise - it's the best way to get comfortable behind the rifle, sort your trigger press and basically iron out some fundamentals. Tonight though, I also realised something I should have figured out a couple of years ago.

HomeContentEquipmentAn 'aha' moment during dryfire practice tonight.

The wonderful things about chassis rifles is that they are modular. My XLR Element is certainly a good example of this. I have changed the cheek riser height, and also canted the buttstock. This allows me to get the rifle more median, into my centreline.

While shooting tonight, I was pondering something that has been bugging me.

As I have tried to remove angles from my shooting – including the trigger finger (#90degreesoftriggercontrol) I have been snuggling my hand up and choking the pistol grip as much as possible. This get the trigger finger lined up so I am pressing directly backwards and not slight down. However, this also means the back of my thumb is pushing into the protrusion for the folding stock mechanism. Tonight, it dawned on me, to check if I could actually switch the side the mechanism sat on.


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Surprise, surprise, you can! A couple of bolts and the rear of the stock was off, turned ‘upside down’ and reattached. This now sits the hinge off to the right – opposite my left-handed shooting grip.

While I was there though, it then also dawned on me, that I could not only use the tube system to adjust my length of pull, but I could also cant the whole buttstock mechanism, thereby giving me more cant in the buttpad and allowing an even more medial positioning with the gun.

I think I have fairly close together set eyes. So have always had to deal with canting over my head to get behind the scope. Twisting the buttstock not only cants the pad, but it also pushes the check riser away from the bore of the rifle – allowing me to get my head more square behind the rifle, more upright and therefore more relaxed and neutral.

In addition, I moved the entire check riser mech back within the buttstock mech, allowing more surface contact with my face and the rifle – I am not handing off the check riser as much as I used too.

Initial dryfire seems to be better – I am off to do some shooting tomorrow and will be interested to see how it reacts under recoil as well.

Oh, what a session of dryfire can bring up!

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Kerry Adams
Kerry Adamshttps://thebloke.co.nz
A constant learner with an inquisitive mind, Kerry created The Bloke as a way to share what he was learning from the community of experts he found himself surrounded by. Precision Shooter and GunSafe soon followed. Somewhere along the line, he picked up one or two things himself. But don't call him an expert.

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