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Sporting Clays Tip – Teal Targets

OSP Shooting School’s Gil Ash explains how he approaches springing teal targets that are often found on a sporting clays course. Learn the proper hold point, focal point, and break point to improve your consistency and take the mystery out of these used-to-be-hard-to-hit targets.

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Setting Up Your Shotgun For Sporting Clays

Sporting clays is a refreshing change from the predictability of skeet and the limited variability that the game of trap offers (44 degrees side to side, 5 set positions, 8-12 foot throw height, 16 yd line, etc). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy shooting Skeet and Trap, it’s just nice having something totally different to challenge my shooting ability – ...

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Taking the Chaos Out of Your Gun Swing

Do you always feel like you don’t have enough time to get the muzzle of your gun at the proper spot to shoot the target in Skeet or Sporting Clays?  If clays and doves always seem to have you catching up to them, consider where you are inserting into their flight path. When I first started bird hunting I was ...

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Pre-Shot Routines for Shotgunners

A buddy of mine, his wife, my son and I were returning from yet another fun day of sporting clays when his wife relayed that she felt like everything was chaotic and that she didn’t feel confident.  To be fair, she hadn’t shot in almost 10 years and had borrowed the shotgun she was using so the gun wasn’t familiar ...

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Seeing Through Your Shotgun

In all of the shotgun sports, any instructor or veteran will tell you that you should be shooting with both eyes open – I’m piling on.  You absolutely should shoot with both eyes open for a multitude of reasons, but you may be struggling with the site picture that doing so presents.  Some talk about seeing two barrels, others about ...

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Shotgun Leads

Whether you prefer trap, skeet or sporting clays, the problem is the same.  You have to assess the targets movement and take the proper lead.  There are three main techniques for leading a shotgun target: sustained lead, swing-through, and pull-away. Here is a great video by the gold medal winning Olympic skeet champion Vincent Hancock.  He makes his points using ...

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Gun Mount for Sporting Clays

Gun Up, Gun Low or something in-between? If you shoot any clay game you may have been exposed to purists from each extreme. Low-gun is the Olympic Skeet requirement of having the butt of the gun at the hip prior to calling for the bird.  Gun-up is having the gun mounted to your shoulder before the call and there are ...

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