Welcome To My Shooting Pose Page.

This page has come about because of an idea I had with a pair of US paratroopers, carrying out an evaluation on the German G43 sniper rifle compared to the US Springfield sniper rifle.

The hardest part of getting the pose right is getting the rifle stock against the shoulder, plus having the figure's eye the correct distance from the end of the telescopic sight. And this is where I have relied very heavily on the experience of Paul (.308), as he has a better knowledge than me of handling telescopic sighted rifles.

Getting The Pose Right

With the excellent pictures and guidance from Paul below, I have been able to get my Dragon figure adapted as near as possible to the correct pose for firing a rifle.

General Kneeling position.

The most important things to note are:

Eye Relief

The distance from the scope to the eye, this is the correct eye distance. Reality vs 1:6th figure pose: I feel the scope is mounted too high on the rifle.

The thumb, and rifle stock should be just under the cheek bone as my red line indicates. This is a problem with the way the rifle was modelled. The Blue line indicates how the correct position forms nearly a perfect vertical line.

Head Tilt

Should not exceed what is shown here. I have seen many modelled figures where the head is set too far over the top of the rifle nearly resting on the shoulder. The rifle should be perpendicular to the ground.

Rifle Stock and the Shoulder

The butt of the rifle should be solid against the shoulder. The Soldier Story figure's shoulders actually has a little movement to them, so this wasn't too hard to accomplish. The orange line demonstrates placement of the rifle butt. The butt should not rise above the shoulder more than shown.


Figure Alterations

To finally get the pose as near as I can, I have had to use my model drill to remove some of the back of the knees as shown below. This is so that the legs can be closed up tighter, as shown in the middle picture below. Because with a combination of this and movement in the waist, the height of the rifle barrel can be adjusted to make sure that it is in the shoulder, the eye is lined up with the sight and the elbow can be positioned on the raised knee properly.

To get the head to also line up correctly I have removed some of the upper chest as shown below right, to allow a slightly better movement of the head downwards. Note: I only removed a small part of this area, as I only needed a very small extra bit of movement here.


Also to make sure that the rifle stock is close into the shoulder, I have had to cheat here slightly. In that I have padded out the upper arm that will hold the trigger area. Mainly because of the gap that I had between the end of the rifle stock and the shoulder.

But as shown in the first pictures at the top of this page, the jacket has helped to hide this, so it looks like the stock is held firmly into the shoulder. So that in the final picture on the right here, I can apply all of the points made by Paul to my figure.


The Red line indicates that the scope is level with the eye, with the rifle barrel height governed by the arm supported on the Knee. (Slide the hand forward to lower, and back to raise it)


The Orange line indicates the stock held against the cheek, plus also into the shoulder.


And the Blue line the near vertical pose of the figure so that it all looks as natural as possible.



Many thanks to Paul (.308) for the detailed help with the firing pose.

And to Ed (1stLooey) for the help with the Body Modifications.


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