Deliberate Swing style of Shooting a Shotgun
The deliberate swing of shotgun shooting fits the old one-eye manner of aiming and is becoming antiquated. With the deliberate swing the game is first covered usually by throwing the line of sight in front of it, and then moving with the target, at the proper distance in advance until the trigger is pulled. The principle involved is to maintain the requisite lead while the trigger is being pressed, continuing the swing at the same rate until the charge is out of the gun. In theory this system of aiming is the most accurate of all, because whether the trigger is pressed instantly or dwelt upon the pattern will with like certainty reach the desired lead. For instance, if the line of aim is traveling three feet in advance of the line of flight, which distance is maintained until the shot are on the way, it cannot matter whether the trigger is pressed in 1-100 of a second of 10-100.
Obviously with this system of aiming no gain is made by swing, and the same allowance for speed and distance is required as though the target was snapped.
The trouble with this mode of aiming is that it develops a very slow, poky style of shooting. There being no precise moment when the trigger must be pulled, the gunner almost invariably acquired the ill habit of dwelling upon the trigger. For this reason the deliberate swing cannot be used upon any game that is quick in its movements, that swerves and dodges like a snipe or a quail. Hence such a slow system of aiming is not adapted to anything except waterfowl or such birds as are seen approaching and remain within gunshot some time.
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