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Shooting skills - manipulating the bolt:

I once read an article (can't remember where) that discussed several methods of bolt manipulation. Is there any preferred method for speedily manipulating the bolt (for tactical work)? I remember some of the variations. One was to keep the bolt knob above the index finger and bring the right hand up in a salute, and then back down with another part of the hand. Another was to hold the bolt knob between the index and middle finger. Can someone elaborate on all these methods, and compare the benefits of each?

Bach Melick <>
New Orleans, LA, USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 16:33:27 (ZULU) 

On the bolt manipulation I use the "Salute" method I find it both smooth and fast with little wasted motion and this is the way it was tought in a couple of different schools I went to.
Pat <>
USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 17:23:42 (ZULU) 
To Bach: bolt manipiulation
One old method that is worth mentioning is to grasp the bolt with the thumb and trigger finger and never let it go. The trigger is then fired with the middle or (nasty finger). This is the fastest way to shoot a bolt rifle. It works best with a rifle that was designed for rapid fire, such as the N0 4 Enfield and also is best used in a Hawkins style prone position.

Steve <>
S.C.D.H., Ohio, USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 21:42:42 (ZULU) 

When I worked at Lake City, I watched some ammunition testing. For accuracy testing, Remington M700 receivers are mounted in testing jigs and the trigger mechanism and the test barrel are attached. The testers use the method Steve describes: they hold the bolt between their thumb and index finger and use their middle finger to fire the action. It is incredibly fast, but I never thought anyone would use this method in the field.

So that brings me to my next question: what is the fastest you've seen someone manipulate a bolt for several shots? What about doing it accurately? (We don't even need to talk about Oswald).

Bach Melick <>
New Orleans, LA, USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 22:51:59 (ZULU) 

From a longtime lurker:

On bolt manipulation
Fastest method I know of is to use the palm of your hand. After firing the shot, bring your open hand up and catch the knob of the bolt to rotate it. Cup your hand a bit as you come back, then when you hit the bolt stop, let your palm rotate to the back of the bolt knob and push forward. When the round is chambered, catch the knob in the web between your thumb and forefinger and close the bolt. You then only ahve to move the hand a little bit to get it back on the grip. The main advantage of this method is that you have a lot of leverage, don't need to adjust your grip on the bolt, and can't short stroke the bolt.
Karl <>
Cold, By-Gawd, MN, USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 00:30:18 (ZULU) 

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