Successful Shotgunning: How to Build Skill in the Field and Take More Birds in Competition

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Stackpole Books, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 305 pages
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  • A solid guide for becoming a better shot
  • Wing shooting, sporting clays, skeet shooting
  • Expert teacher and coach shares years of experience

Successful Shotgunning focuses on wing-shooting and sporting clays techniques. Gain a better understanding of the shooting process as a whole as you sharpen your skills and become a better shot. How to evaluate moving targets in wing-shooting situations in the field, in a competitive environment, on a sporting clays course, or on a skeet field. Choose the correct gun and gun fit for you; learn to diagnose some common eye problems and correct your aim; tame recoil; and deal with the challenges of various sporting clays targets.

Quote from the book: "Successful shotgunning isn't an inherent trait, it is a skill and it must be learned like any other skill. It requires systematic study and the ability to accurately calculate the variables of moving targets. My coaching methods involve an intuitive technique that is based on pure logic and a systematic breakdown of all the variables involved. This is how the experts shoot. Over a period of time they build up a personal mental repertoire of sight pictures, which they can then successfully apply to each target, regardless of whether it is a quail, dove, duck or clay target. They then have the ability to see a subtle but consequential target/barrel relationship on every shot and adjust to each different shooting situation."

 

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Contents

The Shotgun A Brief History
1
Gun Safety and Shotgun Etiquette
19
Which Gun?
31
Recoil and How to Tame It
52
Eye Dominance Diagnosis and Some Eye Problems
62
Gun Fit
74
Stance Mount and Swing
96
Application of Lead and Various Shooting Methods
113
The Pathway to Pointability?
149
That ShotString Thing
156
Pattern versus Penetration
163
The Logic of Lead
172
Evaluating Range
207
Cleaning and Maintenance
223
Sporting Clays
234
Skeet Shooting
271

The Modern Shotshell
122
Internal Dynamics Chokes Barrels and Forcing Cones
129
Proof of Guns
144
Addicted to Dove
291
Index
297
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About the author (2003)

Peter Blakeley writes for Sporting Clays magazine. He grew up in Stockport, Cheshire, England, and shot and operated a gun shop on the Duke of Buccleuch's Estate in Langholm. He earned his credentials as a shooting coach at Annandale Shooting Ground in Dumfriesshire and Westside sporting grounds in Houston and the Dallas Gun Club. He lives near Dallas, Texas.

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