For Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Thursday, we will be discussing how to create a stable firing platform in the kneeling unsupported position. Learning how to create stability in the kneeling unsupported position is important, as our Paratroopers have difficulty with this position during Table VI (record fire) as it currently exists. Knowing how to create stability rapidly in the unsupported position means our Paratroopers are more likely to be stable when incorporating support.
The key to this position is to get as low to the ground as possible. All too often I see Paratroopers trying to assume a ‘kneeling position’ that is up like they would be at a tactical halt on a patrol; in other words, very wobbly. Being as low as possible means your center of gravity is lower, and you your wobble area will be (generally) smaller. The non-firing leg is up front in line with the gun-target line, with the firing leg out perpendicular to the gun target line making an ‘L’ shape. If at all possible, your fourth point of contact should be on top of your non-firing calf and foot. This is still considered a kneeling position.
The non-firing arm should be as close to under the weapon as possible for the firer. If they have long arms, have them try placing the magazine into the forearm. Doing this provides maximum stability for the weapon through bone support as opposed to muscle, which fatigues. The Non-firing arm is supported by the leg by either putting the triceps into the non-firing knee, or the non-firing elbow into the meaty part of the non-firing thigh. Your kit setup will determine which one of these you are going to be more likely to use.
You want to have a slight forward lean to this position to aid in recoil management for follow up shots. All transitions from target to target are done from the non-firing foot.
If incorporating a sling for support, you may have to adjust how tight the sling is when switching positions. Keep in mind the difference between the supported and the unsupported is bringing the firing leg up to support the firing elbow, while the non-firing hand provides support or stand-off to the barricade.
The key to any position is you have to practice them. Drills F and G in Appendix D, TC 3-22.9 will help you to learn how to assume this position rapidly. We’ve also included a copy of a video in a link below that you can reference at any time to help go over the position and reinforce what elements are required to achieve a stable firing platform.