Shooting Benches

Heavier rifles provide less felt recoil, but they’re also difficult for someone whose muscles need conditioning to hold a gun in a proper shooting stance. Tom Gresham once mentioned an old shooter’s trick, “Put a bag filled with shot behind the back of the rifle and you’re essentially creating a heavier rifle.” Make sure your shop is carrying lead sleds or other forms of shooting benches.

We’d been practicing shooting positions when my daughter commenced with the shooting flinch. To overcome the effects of recoil, we took the rifle back to the sled on the bench. She shot from there and before we moved the rifle to rest on the shooting bags for additional shots, we added some padding.