By David E. Petzal
Prone is a conundrum. On the one hand, it is the steadiest of all positions. On the other, you hardly ever get a chance to shoot prone when hunting, so people don’t pay a lot of attention to it. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve done a lot of prone shooting at targets in competition, but always in 5-shot strings, and always with a rifle that was set up for offhand as well. The two, unfortunately, don’t mix, as I found out in a recent NRA-sanctioned Any-Any match at 600 yards.
My first string of 20 shots was not bad at all. But the second two strings of 20, which were shot back to back, were, shall we say, lacking. I was reminded that if your rifle doesn’t fit you more or less perfectly, you will be unable to maintain a steady prone position. Using a military sling can overcome the tremors for a string of five shots, but not for a string of 20, or 40, or 60, and as Vince Lombardi said, fatigue makes tremblers of us all.
In this video, you get a good look at the the Tubb 2000, the ergonomic target rifle designed by shooting champion David Tubb, and its components.