The team's carbine shooter has already begun engaging his designated targets as the rifle shooter continues to get ready, at the 2006 PRTC.
Arrival, Target Location, and PositioningAs you approach the first shooting location, start scanning the area for targets. Getting an idea of where the targets are will influence your shooting position. You want to pick the most stable position where you can engage the most number of the targets. If it's not possible to shoot them all from one stable position, figure out which targets you can engage from the first position, and which targets you'll have to move for. Since we are interested in first-round hits, it's better to take a little extra time to get into more stable positions, than to shoot targets from an unsupported position.
First, un-sling the rifle and place it on the ground. Second, remove the backpack and retrieve only the equipment that you will need to make the shots. We're not having a picnic, just engaging a few targets. I usually grab a magazine, the laser range-finder, and my rear bag. Get down into what will likely be your shooting position for the first target. Pick up the laser range-finder and range the first target.
This spotter uses a pair of the old Leica Geovids to range targets while his partner prepares to engage.
RangingTo range a target using the laser range-finder, in most conditions you will be able to put the LRF reticle on the target, press the "range" button, and get a range value. For targets that stick up from the ground (like a hanging plate, a popper, or silhouette) be aware that if you are off to one side or the other, the laser might miss the target and reflect off the ground behind the target. Depending the terrain, this can be a substantial ranging error since the range will be over-estimated. One way to get around this problem is to range the ground or grass at the "foot" of the target, or to range a very nearby bush, tree, or other object. Try ranging the target two or three times to verify a consistent value.
PositionGet into a good stable shooting position. Usually, this means getting as close as possible to shooting prone off the bipod with the rear bag in place, as comfortable as you can get, with as little muscle tension as possible.
If prone position is not possible due to terrain and target location, get into the best position you can using the features and equipment available. This is the time to employ your shooting sticks, maybe sling up in your shooting sling, consider using your backpack as an additional support, or see if you can brace up against natural rock formations or trees.