Next, we will be talking about mounting your shotgun. Getting a good consistent mount is very important to successful clay and wing shooting.
If we’re not mounting the same way every time, it changes the placement of our head, and our eye looking down the barrel which is going to make us inconsistent.
So we’re going to talk about a few basic elements in a good shotgun mount.
First thing we want to talk about is making sure when we mount, we bringing the gun up to our head and not our head down to the gun.
Some may have the tendency to mount to their shoulder and then bring their head down to the gun.
We want to actually bring the gun up to our shoulder and our head with the correct placement.
If this seems difficult to bring the gun up to your head instead of your head down to the gun, it could be an issue of gun fit.
The second thing we’re going to look at is cheek weld. The cheek weld is just making sure that your face is firmly placed against the stock of your gun and that it doesn’t move during the course of the shot.
Some may have the tendency to kind of move their head around on the stock or even float their head up as they’re in transitioning to the target.
When this happens it changes our sight picture, the way our eye sees the clay in relation to our gun, and most oftenly is going to lead to a mess.
So let’s make sure our cheeks are firmly placed on the stock of our gun and that they stay there through the course of the shot.
Next let’s look at the grip on the forearm. A lot of people find it beneficial to actually use their index finger to point on the forearm, with one finger pointing forward rather it’s on the side or on the bottom.
It’s not that big of a deal as far as I’m concerned anyways.
But why some people like to point like that is because we have a natural tendency to be able to point where we’re looking.
So if we’re looking at the bird, that natural tendency, the point should help us move up the shotgun to where it needs to be.
Next we’ll look at the other side with our other hand and your elbow. We don’t want our elbow down.
We want to get our elbow somewhere up in the vicinity of maybe 90 degrees.
This helps us create a nice pocket to mount the shotgun into and helps us increase our control of the shotgun.
Last thing I want to talk about with a good shotgun mount is making sure we’re mounting our gun as we’re moving it towards our intended target.
So if the birds coming out, we don’t want to mount and then swing to the bird.
We want to see the bird with their eyes and we need to always keeping our focus on the bird, not on the gun.
As we’re watching the bird, we bring the gun up to our head and shoulder, then acquire the right amount of lead and successfully shoot the bird.
Those are just a few elements of a good shotgun mount.