Since we all hold our rifles a little differently, some gloves work better for certain techniques than others. Whether you shoot vintage rifles, an AR-15, air rifles or rimfire, here’s some examples of different offhand and prone holds and the style of gloves we recommend. There’s no right or wrong method, as long as it works for you.
The Reverse Delta Ring Grip
Nearly any glove will work well with this technique. The wrist is only slightly bent so a stiff or flexible back side of the glove is acceptable. The fingerless or open finger style makes it easier to pick something up or adjust your sling if needed.
The Normal Delta Ring Grip
An open finger glove is acceptable for this position too. We also suggest a glove with a tighter cuff and even a stiffer back to help support a straight wrist. Be sure not to have too much weight over your thumb.
The Brass Catcher Grip
Left handed people won’t mind shooting to the right of you because all of your brass will end up being caught by your full finger glove. Definitely don’t try this with a fingerless glove.
The Bull Horns or Rocker Grip
Your glove should have sufficient grip on the back of the knuckles and a full finger glove will help the rifle stay centered and upright. A supportive wrist band is beneficial too.
Off a Fist
This is similar to the Bull Horn but you make a complete fist. Many shooters use this is they have short arms or can’t get the muzzle high enough. A mitt with additional padding can raise the rifle even higher, and keep pressure off your knuckles.
Over The Glove Mitt
If you don’t like shooting off the top of your fist, but you can’t get the muzzle high enough, adding a mitt over your glove can provide that additional padding you’ll need to get you on target.
Tight Against the Swivel Grip
If your hand is wedged against the swivel in prone, it can be uncomfortable. A mitt with additional padding on the back will prevent the swivel from digging into your hand and your slowfire will be much more enjoyable.
Over the Glove Mitt in Prone
The technique will prevent your glove from tearing up, raise the muzzle, eliminate more pulse, and also prevent your hand from getting sore if you have a very tight sling.
The Flat Palm Grip
A favorite for air rifle shooters, an open finger glove to feel for consistent hand placement is best. Having some padding on the palm side also helps to alleviate pulse.
Off a Fist 2
Here’s another example of this technique with a smallbore or air rifle palm shelf. This glove has a stiff back to keep your wrist straight, as well as padding to protect your knuckles.
With fingers to the right of the rifle and your wrist bent, you’ll want a glove with a flexible back. This mesh glove with the rubber cutout is great for air rifle shooters using this technique.