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Converging Lead in Skeet

In a previous post, I shared some Vincent Hancock videos that demonstrate the three basic shotgun leads.  Swing-through, pull-ahead and sustained lead.  I had been a sustained lead fan for skeet for all of December, 2010 (when I started learning the game).  After my first lesson (with the guy that is now my coach), I learned there is a fourth ...

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San Antonio or Bust – The Trail to World Skeet Competition

As this site is intended to be for shooters of all levels, I thought it might be interesting to document my path to the National Skeet Shooting Association’s (NSSA) 2011 World Skeet Championship in San Antonio, TX.  I am going to compete on a budget, and make an honest attempt at some medals and such.  Hopefully, you will come along ...

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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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But, I don’t Have a $20,000 Shotgun

We’ve all been there – you see the guys walking around with guns by Kreighoff, Kolar,  or Perazzi.  Beautiful guns that look and shoot great.  You aren’t sure whether you should even be allowed to pull the trigger on your shotgun next to these fellas – let me tell you, yes you should, and it is possible that you just ...

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