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Want to improve your shooting? It is something we all aim for and every shooter could learn something new to refine their technique.

We asked Mark Heath, head instructor at West London Shooting School for some top tips. He has taught hundreds of people to shoot, both beginners and those who have been out in the field for years but who have fallen into bad habits along the way.

He says:

  • Don’t underestimate the need for concentration when shooting, as opposed to aggressive speed and lack of focus. Lacking concentration  will not get you anywhere.
  • Shooting large amounts of cartridges can become expensive. Instead invest in a couple of lessons with an instructor who can analysis your faults and correct them for the future. This will result in less cartridges being used to perfect your shot.
  • Having a well fitted gun is essential for this sport. If your gun is not shooting where you are looking you are playing shooting roulette. You may win and you may not.
  • Follow a pre-shot routine that works for you,  allowing you to build up your confidence and perfect your routine.
  • Find a cartridge that you have confidence in and stick to it! If you keep changing and are swayed by the  latest trend this will not help keep your consistency.

Read through the following articles for more tips on becoming a better Shot.

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What are the best barrel lengths for different shooting disciplines?

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Tips for airgunners

5 tips for airgunners

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professional gun fitting with a try-gun

Will professional gun fitting help my shooting?

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Footwork. Episode 3 – how to become the Shot you’ve always wanted to be

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clay pigeon shooting grounds near London

Clayshooting grounds just an hour from London

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How to hold a shotgun

How to hold a shotgun

I always watch the best shooters at our club and can't help but marvel at how easy they make everything look. They seem to have all the time in the world to mount the gun and break the clay.

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Walked-up shooting and the going away bird

For clay pigeon shooting enthusiasts and game shooters alike, walked-up shooting is making more and more sense in these financially difficult times. Mark tells you how to prepare for typical going away targets.

How to become the Shot you’ve always wanted to be – episode 1

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Left eye dominance

Will I always need a patch for my left-eye dominance?

I'm a lady gun and have just begun shooting. I'm left-eye dominant and my instructor demonstrated that a small patch or piece of tape on the lens of my safety glasses would help with this problem.

This is how to analyse your shooting (and become a better Shot)

Eyes If you are right-handed it is crucial that your right eye controls the direction in which the gun is pointing. Or your left eye, for the left-handers who shoot with the gun in the left shoulder. When the opposing eye takes over control of the pointing activity, the shot…

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Why do multi-shot airguns cost more?

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a fast second shot is required to finish off wounded quarry, the extra speed of being able to cock and reload the gun with the throw of…

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How to improve your shooting footwork

As with any sport, when you want to get better at it you have to go back to basics to ensure that you have a good enough grounding. Shooting footwork tips A crucial point with shooting is having your feet in the right place. The reason for this is so…

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How to improve your visual focus on the clay target

Don’t look at the gun once it is at your cheek and shoulder. All of your attention must be on the target as you pull the trigger. Mount the shotgun to your cheek and eye, not to your shoulder. If you are standing correctly with a well-practised gun mount and the…

how to mount your gun

How to mount your gun

The mount is a crucial part of your shooting technique and knowing how to mount your gun correctly can quite easily be the difference between hitting or missing a target. Where to start When you begin shooting it is quite normal to start in the shoulder, but as soon as…