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eye dominance

Are your eye dominance issues really the problem with your shooting?

Most people have a dominant 
eye, meaning that their brain has 
a neurological preference for the visual input from a particular eye. 
For right-handers it is usually the 
right eye and for left-handers the 
left, though not always. In some cases the brain has no preference — this is cross-dominance.…

shooting with both eyes open

Why you should try to keep both eyes open when shooting

I recently wrote about how an average Shot can improve out of season. We established that Patrick, the pupil, mounts his gun reasonably well and can kill birds consistently when he closes his left eye. However, he had been experimenting with shooting with both eyes open and is “now in…

Gun fit

Gun fit terms you need to know

Do you know this gun fit terminology? Cast Cast off: This is the degree to which the shotgun’s stock is offset from its centre point and to the right. The aim is to allow the right-handed user’s line of sight to be directly down the centre of the rib from the breech to the bead…

improve your gun-mount

Improve your gun-mount in minutes

I’m going to show you some exercises here to improve your gun-mount which you can at home, in just a few minutes a week. They’re free and will pay huge dividends. But you need to do them regularly. Gun-mount, footwork and turns should be automatic and subconscious Practice these tips…

read a clay target

How to read a clay target successfully

Last month we looked at a few 'firsts' in the shooting world, safety first, first gun, first targets and the like. Carrying on from this I'd like to reconsider how we actually hit our targets.

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How to shoot crossers

The clay that's crossing in front of the stand is probably one of the most common targets you’re ever likely to encounter on an English sporting layout

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Should shotgun training be compulsory?

Compulsory shotgun training by Ben Samuelson Many of my happiest childhood memories are of the times I was taken shooting by my father – I didn’t even pick up a gun, let alone draw a peg for the first 10 years or so. When all I wanted to do was…

gun mount practice

How to practice your gun mount at home

There is no substitute for regular mounting practice to achieve a smooth, fluent and efficient mount — bringing the comb up under the gun sight, aligning your shooting eye perfectly time after time. I recommend some exercises that you can do on your own in your home, using an unloaded…

clay shooter

A lesson on driven grouse targets

Although the RBSS is a clayground, gameshooting tuition is very high on its agenda. The school has an excellent grouse butt and 25-bird sequence, which ends in a four-clay “covey”. Among several of the school’s old- timer instructors is Gordon Robinson, who had volunteered to offer his advice on how…

woman having shooting lesson

What to watch to improve your shooting performance

When it comes to teaching an adult to shoot, I always treat each person as an individual. I do not treat a lady Shot any differently from how I would a gentleman, for example. There are lots of things said with regard to lady Shots, such as eye-dominance problems, body…

forward allowance

The limits of the lead factor

“Give it 4ft, 5ft, 6ft”; “I think that bird needs at least 10ft, actually no, that’s at least a gate’s length; change that, it needs a bus’s length.” Does this sound familiar? What is the obsession with lead when it comes to shooting game, and why is it most guns’ and…

Rabbit clay shooting

Tips for shooting vermin

Here we look at how a variety of vermin species can be simulated with clay targets. All you've got to do is practice hitting them!

shooting line

Beaters’ day – time to get back to basics

We shooters are reliant on the hard work put in all year round by keepers and other members of the behind-the-scenes team. The end of the season is all about these people, the ones who make each shoot day possible. It is now their turn to be thanked for all…