High Compressed Ready with a Rifle

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When considering shooting positions, you may be familiar with the high compressed ready position for handguns. J. Hawkins of Reno Guns & Range discusses the high compressed ready position for rifles and carbines. Having more points of contact with the body than a handgun gives the rifle an advantage. We want to make sure to use that advantage to our benefit.

Shooting Positions

Establish your grip around the pistol grip of the rifle with the trigger finger somewhere other than the trigger. The support hand should be forward on the foregrip to allow you to support the front weight of the rifle.

The toe, or the bottom back portion of the stock, should be in the chest, not in the shoulder, so that when facing forward on the target and in the proper stance, all you need to do is bring the rifle up, creating that kinesthetic alignment, and creating the cheek weld, which is the fourth point of contact.

Manipulating the Selector

At the same time that you’re raising the rifle to the fourth point of contact, you are also manipulating the selector from the safe position to the fire position. J. Hawkins always recommends that unless you have those four points of contact, the firearm should be on safe.

When you identify that there is a threat you need to address, bring the rifle on target, manipulate the selector from safe to fire, and address the threat appropriately. Once you’ve done that, you can return the rifle to the high compressed ready. Of all the shooting positions, it’s the one that allows you to have a greater field of view and lets you do so comfortably and for a long period of time.

You’ll find dozens of other rifle training videos here on the Personal Defense Network, to support your rifle training and practice.

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2 Responses to “High Compressed Ready with a Rifle”

  1. Tim

    So is your non-trigger hand supposed to be pushed as far forward as possible as initially explained, or moved back to a position that requires expending less muscle strength and offers bones support as demonstrated?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Tim. The position of the support hand was explained as “forward on the fore grip” and as demonstrated showed the hand in multiple positions forward of the magazine well. The demonstration was showing implicitly that the support hand will be in different places on the hand guard dependent upon size of the rifle, person, shooting position, amount of deviation control needed, etc.