Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

CLAY SHOOTING

John Bidwell

Years ago I remember a pupil of mine suffering a similar loss of form to this and I was completely mystified as to why until I picked up his gun and fired it.

To say the trigger pulls were heavy would be an understatement – it needed all my strength to get the gun to go off!

Needless to say it was next to impossible to keep the muzzles on the line of the target when shooting.

I am not saying that this is the cause of your problem but it would certainly be worth having it checked out – you can do it yourself at home if you have a set of fishermens’ spring balances, or leave it to a gunsmith to test the poundage.

Either way you will quickly discover the truth. The problem with triggers – like fading eyesight and hearing – is they go heavy over a period of time, not overnight.

In other words you are completely unaware of the gradual change that’s taking place.

Hindsight’s a great thing but a deterioration of this kind would be spotted straightaway if more of us were in the habit of having guns serviced at more regular intervals.

  • steve berry

    It may not be your gun thats the problem. if for any reason your head isnt clear or if there is a change of circumstance personally stress can have an effect on your movement whilst mounting and swinging the. watching guys who in this position has led me to the conclusion that stress build up can cause tension in the shoulders effecting your mount and making you stop your swing. it can also make you lift your head of the stock slightly and make you freeze on the trigger. some of the best advice I heard was from a clay pigeon shooter who had shot for England and he advised if your shooting goes off the boil then stop for a month and have a break from it. it always seemed to work for him