Shooting wear information

Shooting wear information

Shooting wear general information


SHOOTING JACKETS

Design & details
All models are anatomically correct cut in every way. The torso of jackets is long enough to give good support in standing. Pre-curved sleeves feature a stretchy panel at the inside of the elbows which stretches only lengthwise, providing better elbow stability in prone and kneeling. The left armpit is constructed of the same stretchy material plus CLARINO™, giving both comfort in standing and support for the shooting sling in prone and kneeling.
The left sleeve features a non-stretch two-way adjustable sling-keeper. It is made of a pliable but non-stretch material. The right shoulder has a leather strap with Velcro fastening. Both sling-keeper and right shoulder strap are designed so they can be adjusted in a matter of seconds which is needed when shooting finals according to the new ISSF rules.
Clips for a start number on the back and soft material in the neck area for comfort in prone position.

Top grip paddings
Anatomically cut non-slip TOP GRIP 4mm pads on the elbows and a 2mm pad on right shoulder and upper arm provide grip where it is required. On the rear of the left sleeve there is a very high class foam (grey in the picture) with closed cells under the Top Grip to protect the elbow and reduce pulse transmission to the shooting sling.

Buttoning & extras
The TOP BUTTON is moved to the left so as not to touch the rifle stock in standing (not permitted by the ISSF rules, too). The LOWER BUTTONS are somewhat to the right to avoid discomfort under the stomach in prone.
Most top shooters use all 5 buttons in standing position but only the top 1-3 buttons in prone and kneeling. Make sure you always have a spare button and keep this spare button in your shooting bag, not at home.
All models have adjustable buttons and are delivered with one spare-button and instructions for use & care. Keep the spare button in your shooting bag, not at home…  We can stitch your name or other text (or your own badge) on your jacket if you request it – we make the letters from real leather.

Sizes
All models are available in junior's sizes 140-170cm, men's sizes 46-62, 90-126 long, 21-30 short and lady's 34-50, right- and left-handed, as shown in the size chart on the last page.
When ordering a MTM shooting jacket you can create your own colour combination from our range of colours.

Why are there instructions with a jacket?
Even experienced shooters may benefit from some advice. That’s why every shooting jacket and pants is delivered with instructions and information. For your own benefit: Read them.


SHOOTING PANTS

Design & zippers
The upper part features a high waist, supporting and protecting the back in standing position. All models have long zippers in the back of both legs for comfort in kneeling. The zippers feature a double slide and can be opened from both the top & the bottom.

Front opening & kneeling position
The fly is offset, and is closed with a velcro closure. There are no hooks which may break during a shooting match. The length of the fly opening can be selected from one of three different lengths by opening of one or two seams. This provides adjustability in standing and solve many kneeling position problems. If you need more space in the pants for kneeling position just open one or two of the seams – especially important if you have a wide leg position in kneeling.

Top grip paddings & extras
All models are fitted with non-slip anatomically cut TOP GRIP pads. A 4mm pad on the left knee provides for a stable position of left elbow. On the right knee a 2mm pad plus a very high class foam (grey in the picture) with closed cells under the Top Grip to protect the knee and give comfort against uneven floors.
There are no old-fashioned buttons for bracers which may press the stomach in prone or under the left elbow in standing: Instead smart, flat belt loops with metal rings for our 1-Shoulder Braces are fitted. To special order we can stitch your name or other text on your pants, using letters cut from real leather.

Sizes
All models are available in junior's sizes 140-170cm, men's sizes 46-62, 90-126 long, 21-30 short and lady's 34-50, right- and left-handed, as shown in the size chart on the last page.
When ordering a MTM shooting pants you can create your own colour combination from our range of colours, also shown on the back page.

Why are there instructions with the pants?
Even experienced shooters may benefit from some advice. That’s why every pair of KT shooting pants are delivered with instructions and information. For your own benefit: Read them.


Shooting wear technical information


Selecting a shooting jacket and pants - some basic things to keep in mind when selecting a 3-position or a prone jacket
Firstly look for a good fit in the torso and especially in the back to get support in standing. When testing a jacket go into standing shooting position, bend backwards and hold the arms correctly as in the shooting position. The jacket should support your back and it must be comfortable to keep the arms in standing shooting position. It is especially important that the left shoulder or sleeve not push the left arm in any direction.

Compromise?
Remember that a 3-position jacket is always a compromise between three very different positions. This means that some folds are inevitable in each shooting position! But if standing is the most important position for you it should be your main aspect. But don’t forget to get into kneeling and prone as well. The jacket should be an efficient compromise for all positions.

Selecting a prone jacket
Choosing a prone only shooting jacket is rather different from choosing a 3-position one. The sleeves and shoulders should be anatomically cut very high for prone shooting. A good fit over the shoulders and the correct size of sleeves is also important. The shoulders and rear of the sleeves should be made of a stiff material in order to help you to create a solid position. A Soft material in the upper back prevents the jacket from pressing into your neck. Needless to say, non-slip elbows and shoulder pads are very important. There should be an adjustable non-stretch sling-keeper on left sleeve and a strap on the right shoulder. Adjustable buttons are required so you can tighten the jacket when it’s broken in and adjust for changes in underwear or bodyweight.

What is important to know about shooting pants
Non-slip rubber pads on the knee are a must. The padding on the left knee must be between your elbow and your knee in kneeling position. The right knee pad should be lower than the left as it must be between the lower part of the knee/the lower leg and the floor when in the kneeling position.

Belts & braces
Leather belts stretch over time and maybe even during a shooting match - especially in high humidity - and around the adjusting holes. That’s the reason why today's best belts are made of conveyer-belt material (you put your shopping on a conveyer-belt at the cashier when you’re shopping). Not as good looking as leather maybe, but far better.
Amongst top international shooters, approximately 1/3 use braces and the remaining 2/3 use a belt in the standing position.
1-shoulder braces are worn on the left shoulder so that they can‘t interfere with the contact between the shooter and the rifle butt plate when shooting.
Test both braces and a belt to see which gives you the best support with a minimum of pulse disturbance. 

ISSF rules for shooting pants and jackets
From 1.1.2013 the seat pad may not be attached to the pants if shooting under ISSF rules. Many national federations allow old rules to be used nationally. Note that ISSF rules allow the use of braces OR belt, not both at the same time. It is permitted for example to use a belt in standing and braces in kneeling.
According to ISSF rules the maximum thickness of the waist-band (i.e. the upper part of the pants itself) is 2.5mm if using a belt. If using braces (or neither belt or braces) the maximum thickness is 3.5mm.
If you do not compete under ISSF rules this rule does not concern you at all. 

Frequently asked questions FAQ


Do I need to measure (MTM) or is a standard size good enough for me?
On the back cover you find our chart for standard sizes. With adjustable buttons the circumference of a jacket can be adjusted. How much depends on your own requirements.
Accepting a standard size usually means accepting that you will have to adjust the fit with the buttons to at least some extent. How many cm extra overlap or how tight/loose a jacket you find acceptable depends on:
If you compete under ISSF rules (see explanation on page 2) and
What you accept yourself.
A beginning or a hobby shooter may accept a less well fitting jacket. A shooter going for an International Team will not accept anything which may have a negative effect on the score.

I’m 16 years and still growing, is it wise to buy an MTM?
If no standard size fits well enough it may be the only way to achieve an acceptable fit. A little extra ’growing allowance’ can be added. A few cm more on the length of jacket and sleeves can usually be accommodated. Some extra space in chest-waist-hips can be compensated with the adjustable buttons. However, no shooting wear manufacturer can predict how you grow or give any guarantee that a jacket will fit 12 months later.

How to pack the shooting wear?
First pack everything in your shooting bag except your shooting wear. Then put your pants on the top and then your jacket upon the pants. Do NOT bend your shooting jacket across the back! We deliver all jackets with straight backs. This is to avoid bending them and thus reducing your support.

HOw to break in new shooting wear?
Even a very well fitting jacket usually feels too small when new & stiff. Always mount all the buttons and allow for enough ’breaking in’ time with a new jacket or a pair of pants.

The only way to get the right feeling in a new jacket is in the shooting position and with the buttons mounted! It is normal not to get ‘ISSF 70mm overlap’ before the jacket is broken in. The seams need to be stretched out and the stiff material must form around your body. This process will inevitably take some time over several training sessions and should be done before a match. It must be done both with standard sizes and made to measure jackets and pants.