When shooting I hold the gun by the grip of the stock with the barrels pointing skyward and the butt lightly resting against my hip. This will spread some of the gun?s weight and stops my arms getting tired.
There?s nothing wrong waiting with the gun over your crocked forearm, but when a bird does head your way the barrel muzzles have to move quite a long way to be brought into alignment with the bird.
And in the case of a bird suddenly appearing overhead ? for instance in a narrow woodland ride ? it?s unlikely you will be able to get on it before it passes the line and disappears behind.
On the other hand, with the barrels pointing skyward, it takes just a fraction of a second to grip the fore-end and then direct the muzzles to an on-coming bird.
This neat, short, movement can be completed without you taking your eyes off the target as you move your feet just before starting to mount the gun and swing.