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Full Participation Everyone has something to contribute. Experience Heifer. Spirituality Our common belief lies in the value of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. Join The Conversation. Follow on Facebook. We have noticed several traits of competitive shooters When faced with hard targets—instead of slowing down, relaxing and trusting themselves, they ty When shooting at a live bird, look at its head, specifically at its eyes. Your eyes will naturally want to go to the fastest moving part of the bird, its wings.
Then your eyes naturally go to the back of the bird. Since the gun functions as an extension of your eyes, guess where the gun will go? Behind the bird. That is why you see so many feathers falling without the bird going down. Make your eyes go to the front of the bird, then the gun will follow. Start practicing by looking at birds you see flying around home, and see where your eyes go. Perhaps the most important aspect of shooting a shotgun is focusing on the target.
If you have read this column in the last few years then you know how much we talk about eyes, vision, and focus and the important role they play in proficiency with a shotgun. We have talked about gun fit, chokes, shot shell ballistics, the mechanics of mounting the gun correctly and consistently and all of those things are important, but they are all secondary to focus on the target when shooting a shotgun. Hopefully you have accepted this and have practiced this in your own shooting and have experienced some improvement in your own proficiency with a shotgun.
The unfortunate problem that we all face sooner or later is that our vision fades as we age Which has the most effect on the size of the shot cloud? Mark Faggard, Beaumont, TexasThis answer is probably going to ignite quite a few already too short fuses, but you asked for it!
I defy anyone to show me how changing shot sizes can change the size of the shot cloud greater or more precisely than changing choke! In my experience, it just wont happen. To take advantage of having two chokes. The reason you change choke is to give you the largest diameter shot cloud at the distance you are going to break the target. Maybe its best to explain this using a specific example. Lets say that you are shooting a report pair of crossers. The first bird crosses at 15 yards and the second crosses at 30 yards. If you shot A student of ours came to a great revelation the other day.
After several months of shooting and taking lessons his scores, which had gone way up, began to go up and down. The ups were good, but the downs were becoming too much the norm. The downs were really showing up on tournament day. All I want is a trophy and out of E class, but really I just want the trophy, he would say.
We would try to explain to him not to let his expectations steer his tournament day. Finally after several bad scoring tournament days, he called whining about how bad he was performing. Gil and I both talked to him about his goals, his expectations and his learning curve, but we especially wanted him to relax and enjoy the game, learn from his mistakes and let his performance GO! The next day he went and played a round of g As you become a more advanced shooter, does bird barrel relationship or gun speed become more important? Gun speed is infinitely more important than sight picture.
Before you think you are getting closer to proving that we are both crazy, let me explain. If the gun is not ahead of the bird when the shot is taken, regardless of gun speed, you have no hope to hit the target. The more the gun speed equals the target speed the more forgiving the lead and timing are. For example. Lets say we are shooting a 25 yard crossing target and the correct lead is 4 feet in front. If the gun speed is greater than the target speed, even though the lead is correct when you pull the trigger, you will miss in front. If the gun spee The level of commitment MUST be greater than the expectation.
We teach mechanical excellence and mental focus and trust. One must have mechanical excellence before true mental focus and trust can occur. Ideally, you can develop mental focus and trust while you develop mechanical excellence, however, mechanical excellence must be developed and constantly practiced in order for one to ever come close to their potential. The first step on your journey to your potential is understanding the simple mechanics of shotgunning. Look at the target2.
Put the gun where the target is going3. Pull the triggerIt is that simple!
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Anything else you put into the shot just clutters up the mechanics and takes away from your focus concentration on the target. You read lots of articles and watch lots of videos on swing through, pull away, maintained lead, September - What If Brian talks about the evolution of his practice game, and how he has overcome his demon of rushing himself while shooting.
One of the most surprising things students learn in our clinics is how their eyes work.
The eyes feed the information of how to hit the target to the brain. If they receive incorrect information, then the shot becomes, more often then you want it to be, a miss. How to prevent this? Lets go over how your eyes work. The eyes focus back from the object you are looking at to your body more efficiently than if they have to go from a short distance and find the target. They then have to do 2 functions—they must locate the target, then focus on it. If your eyes are beyond the flight line of the target, and focused on something so that they are still, they will pick up any movement that they see.
That is how they work. In one function, they will immediately go to the object that is moving the fastest in the picture and focus on it. How often hav Should I dismount for the second bird of a pair? Doctor Stewart — Lafayette, La.
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If on the second bird you have time to bring the gun away from your face, our suggestion would be yes. Remember, the first thing you need to do is to see and focus on the bird. If the gun stays into your face and you move to the second target then your eyes will go to the barrel of the gun. The reason for this is your eyes naturally go to the fastest moving thing in the picture, if you move the gun to the target faster than the speed of the target your eyes will go to the gun.
The most important thing, no matter how much time there is in between shots, is to make your eyes find the second bird before you move the gun to the 2nd bird.
You must find Is it better to shoot with 2 eyes open? The answer is definitely YES. The targets will look larger, closer, and moving more slowly.
Is it going to look completely different when you shoot? Remember that your eyes are used to working together, so that you can walk or drive a car. If you are looking at the barrel of the gun, you are not looking at the target and focusing totally on it. Every day millions of people with high potential are frustrated and held back by incompetent leaders.
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