Improve your shooting

Have you just started shooting and need some guidance? Or are you a seasoned shot and want to know how you can improve your accuracy? We have all the tips, tricks, skills and expert advice to ensure that your shooting gets better every time you’re in the field or at the clay ground.


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…

checking a scope

How to check your scope

As the bullet is the last thing to have contact with the barrel as it leaves and is the first thing that hits your quarry, the uniformity of the projectile is paramount in achieving good, consistent accuracy.

Gun fit instruction

A lesson on gun fit

The season was drawing to an end when I received a call from Shooting Times Editor Patrick Galbraith. 
Patrick mentioned that he wasn’t entirely happy with his shooting 
over the season; he had been frustrated at his inconsistency on many days. He thought it was time 
to try to sort…

what to wear clay pigeon shooting

Starting out clayshooting? Learn correctly from the start.

If you’re just starting out as a new shooter, try and steer away from being taken around a clayground with a friend. You are far better off when starting out clayshooting taking several lessons with a qualified instructor in a quiet part of a ground without spectators, where the instructor…

Best shooting grounds

14 of the best clayshooting grounds in the UK

Bisley & Braidwood, Surrey & Scotland The famous Bisley has two shooting grounds in the UK. There is the shooting ground in 3,000 acres of Surrey heath and woodland just outside London, and the Braidwood ground just south of Edinburgh. A post shared by Bisley Shooting Group #Bisley (@bisleyshootinggroup) on…

struggles with recoil

Struggling with recoil using a 12-bore?

Q:  I’ve started struggling with recoil when using my 12 bore: what can I do to reduce it? Is it time to change to a 16-bore? It’s really strange as my 12-bore fits me well. A: I come across many people who suffer with this and usually it’s a combination…

Ground game tips

A shooting lesson in ground game

Shooting ground game can be a tricky business, says coach Mark Russell. Here’s how to hit rabbit-type targets!

Skeet layout target practice

Do you know the four basics for competent shooting?

There are four basic building blocks for shotgun competence in clay and gameshooting. Stance and balance. Gun-mount and the avoidance of head lifting. Gun-swing and an understanding 
of the gun and target movement. Lead or forward allowance. Target practice The best place to rehearse and train these competencies is on…

preparing for the new season

4 tips for more consistent shooting

It is at this point in the season that some Shots start to question their shooting technique. If you want to make major changes you’ve missed the boat by about six months, as the hard work should have been put in before the season started. However, for those who are…

Gun fit

Does gun fit matter?

Gun fit does matter a great deal. With poor gun fit the gun is less likely to be pointing at the target or where the shooter is intending. This in turn can cause the shooter to unknowingly develop all sorts of corrective measures to address the problems. What can sometime…

Holland & Holland Schiesskino

Is this the most exciting indoor shooting range ever?

A buffalo is staring straight at me. I hear my heart pounding in my ears and then the recoil hits me as I pull the trigger on my Holland & Holland 500. I’m not in Africa, nor am I dreaming, I’m in Middlesex on the brand-new Schiesskino range at the…

high curling pheasants

Tips for shooting fast, curling pheasants

Q: Any tips for bringing down those fast, curling pheasants that have the wind at their backs? A: Curling pheasants can be one of the most difficult shots in the book, particularly if you add wind and height. Often when pheasants have got the wind behind them they can dive…

get into shooting

How to get into shooting

If you are looking to get into shooting of any kind, this easy guide will give you plenty of hints and tips

Kansas pheasant

How to improve your pheasant shooting technique

Here are some pheasant shooting techniques to help you in the field Footwork and balance In all forms of driven shooting, good footwork is the building block for any shot, and with good footwork comes good, controlled balance. Without these two factors at the start, shooting consistently is not possible.…