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The Basics of Shooting from Barricades – the Army Way

The thing about the real world is there are no shooting benches. There are no chairs setup at the perfect height. In the real world, be it a shooting competition, military, police, hunting, or self defense – you usually have to shoot from improvised positions. Knowing how to best use your cover/support is a very good way to quickly get accurate shots on target. Besides, shooting benches are boring. Shooting from improvised positions is quite challenging, and much more enjoyable.

BenningTV, the official YouTube channel of Fort Benning, has a number of educational videos in their Shooter’s Corner playlist. These videos provide some excellent information about the army, shooting technique, and more. In this video, they review how to shoot off of a barricade.

The key to achieving a stable shooting platform from a barricade is to have as many points of contact as possible. Get a grip on the rifle and the barricade. Tuck the rifle into a corner. Lean into the barricade to increase stability (provided it’s a stable barricade). Prop your elbow up against your knee if you’re kneeling.

When shooting from a barricade, be aware of your sight’s offset. In other words, your rifle sights, be it optic or iron sights, are higher than your barrel. If you’re not careful, you could end up shooting your own truck.

How to train shooting from a barricade

It is very easy to practice shooting from a barricade with improvised support from home, all you need is some plywood and a support to keep the plywood upright. Here’s a short tutorial on how to make your own barricade.

However, you don’t need to have a fancy shooting barricade to practice shooting from improvised positions. Any random object in your home that won’t get scuffed up can work as an excellent improvised shooting position for training shooting from the barricade.

When practicing your barricade shooting, be it dry fire practice at home or live fire at the range, repeatedly approach the barricade, take your shots, transition to a different position, back off from the barricade, and repeat. As long as you adhere to shooting fundamentals, there is no bad way to train shooting from a barricade. You don’t need specific steps, the more you vary your shooting positions, the better you’ll be at shooting from a barricade in the field.

Quickly getting into position on a barricade is very much a shooting skill. The faster you can get on and off an improvised support, the faster you’ll get shots on target.

Brian Purkiss
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Brian Purkiss is a Christian, husband, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He primarily focues on USPSA and Run & Gun competitions, but enjoys most other forms of shooting competitions as well.

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