February 22nd, 2017, 07:33 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Clemente, California
16 different ways to skin a cat... or button your coat. Most of the guys I'm seeing on the line leave the very top slightly loose in offhand to allow breathing and movement to load and shoulder the rifle. For sitting-top two straps get buckled, others are open. Sitting is where the zipper in "all position mod" gets opened up. For prone-either top only, or top two straps seems to be the majority. When you do your dry-fire pracrice, try a particualr method for at least 20 minutes in position. As you shoot matches you will develop what feels "right" for you.
A little anectdote: One match I was all out of whack and fired my offhand with only my top two straps buckled. Didn't realize it till the string was over. My score was no worse than one of my "bad" days (as if there's such a thing as a bad day shooting). Match director saw me and was laughing when it was over-I was too. Moral of the story: The jacket helps, but it isn't that critical to worry about which straps get buckled.
Last edited by smoothy8500; February 22nd, 2017 at 09:02 PM.