Proper cheek weld eye position on AR?


March 7, 2009, 11:44 AM
What is the "proper"/"best" position of your face and cheek on an AR15? I got one with a collapsible stock and I can't figure out if I like the nose on charging handle or the back from it hold. I know it will be mostly a personal choice, but I am waffling between both, (and having a hard time settling on the right mount for a scope because of it.).

So which hold do you use and why?

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March 7, 2009, 01:23 PM
I am in the same boat as you. I have never had a good cheek weld using my AR with a eotech 512. Whats the trick guys?

March 7, 2009, 01:36 PM
i cant do the nose to charging handle the rear peep looks bigger a round than a back yard pool. iv just shot it a lot and after awhile it just comes natural so to speak. i started out just slamming it up to my shoulder like i was in a fire fight in my basement. and now if i can see it with my eyes its in big trouble. far and away the best iron sight rifle in my arsenal. just my 2 cents.PS iv only owned this ar since July.

March 7, 2009, 01:36 PM
I know that in the military I was taught to rest my nose on the charging handle. The idea was that you know that your cheek weld and I relieve would be the same every time. This worked out well for me (I earned a marksman ribbon). In my later experience I would touch the hand with my nose and then back off about a 1/4". That's where I'm at now.

March 7, 2009, 03:02 PM
As far as my experience goes (the only M16 syle rifles I have shot were on army ranges and with the peep sight) as long as you put it in the same place every time you will be good. Thus they teach people, epecially those with trouble shooting accurately, to put their nose on the charging handle. That way you know for sure your in the same spot.

I shoot an AK so you know I just fire from the hip and adjust off of the impacts. Just kidding.

March 7, 2009, 03:16 PM
Ok with iron sights the nose to the charging handle forces you to have the same sight picture every time. with a scope this is not as important as it is with irons. Just make it comfortable, zero it in, and do it the same every time which is alot easier if your comfortable in the position. This is how I do it and I've never shot any less than expert. I've shot 40 out of 40 almost every range day for the past 3.5 years.

March 7, 2009, 03:33 PM
Yeah, if you have a RDS cheek position is not as important. Consistency is always good, but try concentrating on the sight picture instead of where your head isand how centered the target is in the optic. Just look at the target, superimpose the dot, and press the trigger.

As far as the OP, I'm forced to use a full stock on my patrol rifle, along with my body armor, so I have no choice as to whether or not I like the nose-to-CH position. I don't have an ostrich neck, so I don't do it. On my other rifles with collapsible stocks I tend to run them short, but not quite that short. I consider the warsaw-pact length AK stock to be about perfect for me, so I obviously prefer a shorter LOP than what the M16 offers.


March 7, 2009, 05:51 PM
How about putting a small piece of grip tape (Not the sandpaper-like stuff) where your correct cheek weld is? That way you can feel it. My buddy shoots nose-to-charging handle, but I find it extremely uncomfortable. The grips tape seems like a safe option.

March 7, 2009, 09:14 PM
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