I was just reading on another thred where a guy blew a shot on an animal at under 100yds. He mentioned that they'd stopped at a store where he could have bought a bi-pod on the way out and he didn't do it.
The shot he took was off hand, the unsteadiest of positions. But it makes me think, how many shooters are subsistuting different aides for learning shooting position's?
In the case above, in order to have used the bi-pod would have required the shooter to get into either a prone position or a sitting/kneeling position. Would it not be better to learn to shoot properly from field positions? I wonder just how many people actually forgo that just because the shooting aides are believed to make up for them?
I recall last fall I was out with my son shooting and there were a bunch of other people down away from us shooting. As I watched, several were shooting what I'm sure they thought was kneeling. All right hand shooter's shooting with their left knee on the ground and bracing their right elbow on their right knee. They had clay pigeons set up about 100yds off and were not very good. But they did shoot up a lot of ammo. This could be a good example of doing a lot of practice and learning nothing also.
Weather you practice from field positions or not, how many of us have really learned how to use them to their best advantage? One of the things I remember from the military was that even tho the bulk of the shooerts were not to hot, all were given good instruction on position's.