Clay pigeon shooting


There’s no real secret here – using our body to help drive the swing of the gun brings two key benefits.

First, by pivoting from our hips and waist in the direction of where we plan to address the gun muzzles and see the target, we leave our shoulder pocket open to the gun butt throughout the mounting and swing sequence.

This would not happen if we stood facing the direction of the shot and simply used our arms to direct and drive the gun muzzles across our bodies – in all probability the mounted gun butt would end up resting on our shoulder joint or bicep.In turn this would lead to inconsistencies with eye/rib and target alignment as well as encouraging us to tilt our head downward to meet the stock.

With an open shoulder pocket the shooter can mount the gun far more consistently in terms of final face/head position on the mounted stock. Not only is he now able to bring the wood to his face, he can also keep his head and eyes level in relation to both the gun and the target.

Second, by bringing the entire body into play we are much better able to move and swing the gun with, on and ahead of a target than we are by arm movement alone.

In fact using our bodies to help drive the gun creates a much wider – and far more stable – arc of movement than is ever possible with just our arms.

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