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More on Moving and Mounting the Gun

If you are going to ever shoot a shotgun at any level of consistency, you are going to have to learn to move and mount the gun. I’m still amazed at the number of shooters who think they will be able to shoot at consistently high levels without learning to mount the gun.

Our research shows that the amount of muzzle awareness in the shot will always be equal to or greater than the amount of muzzle awareness in the setup. This is proven to us over and over again, and we have seen consistent results on targets of all difficulties by shooters of all ability levels.

It dawned on me the other day that a shooter who insists on shooting with a mounted gun because they don’t want to learn to mount the gun has to look at the gun when they mount it to make sure it’s lined up. So guess what? Muzzle awareness in the setup yields muzzle awareness in the shot. It’s not going to change, and the more pressure they feel, the more muzzle awareness they will have in the setup and the shot.

Their focus ratio with be all over the map and almost uncontrollable because they are trying to “not look at the gun.” We are beginning to understand that this is where the flinches come from – not to mention a whole laundry list of visual anomalies. There are even two states that are teaching all the SCTP student-athletes to shoot with a mounted gun and the kids are wandering around with tape on their glasses and shutting an eye. It’s horrible.

Understanding the sight pictures and how neural suspension will clean up the picture and actually practicing the sight pictures with the three-bullet drill will certainly eliminate a lot of visual problems. And it will catapult any shooter to more consistent performances in a much shorter time frame.