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MARKSMANSHIP WITH RIFLES:
A BASIC GUIDE

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by JAY PETER MERKLEY
2nd ed., May 1984, 67 pages, $10.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-141-8  Review Shopping Cart

 

This text is designed to provide the novice and the experienced rifleman with the basic knowledge necessary to shoot accurately and to handle rifles and their components safely and responsibly. Ammunition, rifle cartridge ballistics, and sighting systems are discussed. The discussion of firing the rifle includes treatments of trigger control, the shooter's eye, and shooting positions. The text also deals with shooting equipment, shooting safety, cleaning rifles in the home, and the National Rifle Association. A glossary and study questions are provided. Photographs and drawings illustrate basic techniques and elements of riflery.

Contents

Chapter 1: RIFLE ASSEMBLY GROUPS
Choosing a Rifle
Bolt Action
Lever Action
Pump Action
Semi-Automatic Actions

Chapter 2: RIFLE SIGHTING SYSTEMS
Iron Sights
The Rear Aperture or Peep Sight
Types of Front Sights
The Open Front Sight
Hooded Front Sights
Telescopic Sights
Telescopic Sight Reticules

Chapter 3: THE SHOOTER'S EYE
Alignment of Sights and Target
Eye Relief

Chapter 4: TRIGGER CONTROL
Method of Activating the Trigger
Placement of Finger on the Trigger
Follow Through

Chapter 5: THE INTEGRATED ACT OF FIRING A RIFLE
Common Problems of Marksmanship

Chapter 6: AMMUNITION
What Makes a Rifle Fire?

Chapter 7: SHOOTING SAFETY

Chapter 8: SHOOTING EQUIPMENT

Chapter 9: SHOOTING POSITIONS
Prone
Siting Position
Kneeling Position
Standing Position
Squat Position
Off-hand Position

Chapter 10: RIFLE CARTRIDGE BALLISTICS
Rifling Twist
Caliber
Bullet Types

Chapter 11: RIFLES IN THE HOME
Cleaning Rifles

Chapter 12: THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

SELECTED GLOSSARY

STUDY QUESTIONS

REFERENCES

About the Author

Jay Peter Merkley is a Professor of Health and Physical Education at Texas A&M University in College Station.

 


 

 

 

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