I'm looking for the article that I read but cannot remember where it was. It was something about tilting your head downwards causes you to 'bob' because your brain is constantly trying to keep you from 'falling'.
So we have your two hands and your shoulder pocket. But I promised there are four places where the gun should touch your body. The last one is actually your cheek. “Cheek weld” refers to the firm contact that your cheek should make with the top of your stock. When adjusted properly, good cheek weld should allow your dominant eye to comfortably look straight into your scope or sights. It also has the benefit of serving as an additional “anchor point”, a term I borrow from archery. In archery, an anchor point refers to a place on the body that the hand or string will touch with the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot. This point serves as a cue to the shooter that they are set in a proper position and allows them to reproduce that position with every shot. I use a couple anchor points in my archery shooting. I always bring my index finger knuckle to a bony area just behind my ear and I always make sure the string lightly touches my nose at full draw. Anchor points are critical for accuracy and consistency.
When it occurred to me that rifle marksmanship should operate on the same principles it was a major Ah-ha! moment. The place where the cheek rests on the stock is an anchor point for rifle shooters. If you have ever struggled and had to move your head around to try to get a full, clear image through your scope, you likely have a cheek weld problem. And if you’re anything like me, correcting this problem will result in an immediate improvement in shooting. In my own trial-and-error process, I discovered that I would actually need to modify my stock in order to achieve proper cheek weld (I will discuss this in much greater detail below).
If we fit a telescopic sight, which began on hunting rifles in the mid-1900s, the cheek must be raised 20-40mm up off the comb to accommodate the new sight picture. This breaks the cheek weld – one of the four vital points of contact with the rifle (the others being the forehand, the pistol grip and the shoulder). If we break the cheek weld we have 25% less hold, 25% more wobble, and our perception of recoil is also increased, perhaps by more than 25%.
A proper solid cheek weld is required........
for better stability, comfort, and allows optimum focusing through a scope.
All these will greatly increase accuracy and speed to your target. Some rifles are
designed for open sights such as lever action guns, military rifles or shotgun and
combo rifle/shotguns but do not allow a cheek weld when a scope or red dot optic
sight is installed. Some large reticle target scopes must be mounted higher to clear
the barrel. Whatever the case our comb raisers will correct the comb height and
give you a proper line of sight. Our comb raisers are being used by Military and
police sniper units all over the world.
LOL! For a second I couldn't figure out which cheek you were talking about."Face weld" is a better more inclusive term considering all the multi use firearms. Cheek, Chin, or jaw... whatever works to get you on target quickly to stabilize the weapon for firing. Whatever your methods, they should be repeatable. You may memorize 3 or 4 "welds" for different uses and situations with the same gun. I can name 3 for my Mini-30
1) cheek weld for iron sights
2) a bit below cheek for scout scope
3) more of a jaw weld for conventional scope
And finally my favorite 4) using the cheek of my SO while we're both lying prone on the beach with her in her bikini. It's hard to describe. Each couple must find the position that works for them.
Thanks.That is indeed a beauty.
What is that sight and does it have to be so high up?
Looks like it would be hard to use.
Those cheek risers don't work well, they are too soft, and by the time you weld your face to it, the pad sinks downs all the way to the stock. Cheapest and best thing I use are those Allen butt stock ammo pouches and some 1inch foam tubing you get in the weather stripping isle at Home Depot. Stuff a couple of tubes between the stock and ammo pouch, and once you cinch the Velcro strips down tight, it wont budge or give. Just make sure you put enough tubing under the ammo pouch to still have a rise once you start buckling it down.I ordered a couple of these.
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I'll report back when I get them.
I have a 77/22 that I think could also use one.
Oh really, it worked out terrific for me, even the placement of the front swivel stud you installed. You really need to duplicate that on another stock that you can use. But it work great with my M1 web slingI am so glad you could use that stock. The LOP was too much for me.