Wing Shooting Part 2 - Snap Shooting
Now you are going to practice what is called snapping. Throw the gun quickly to the shoulder, pointing at the target, and without checking the motion raise it to the center and fire as you come up.
If the trigger fails to yield at he exact time, take the shotgun down, throw it up and try again. What you are striving for in this is a correct trigger pull, the lock working precisely on time, without checking the gun for a second sight or any attempt to hold it still upon the target.
A rule of shotgun shooting (for everything but buckshot and slugs at big game) is that the aim is never to be held still upon a moving target – in this shooting shotgun differs greatly from shooting a rifle. The trigger should be pressed, therefore, without checking the regular rising movement of the barrel, the pulling and upward movement of the sight being so well times that the discharge will take place just before the center of the target is covered.
Press the trigger, not by any conscious squeezing of the forefinger, but by tightening the grip of both hands, the one pushing forward and the other drawing back. This is not only the right manner of pulling the trigger on a shotgun, but tightening the grip of the hands enables the shooter to catch the recoil just as the blow of a fist is warded off before it gathers momentum.
Once you can consistently hit the center with the snap, which will take some practice, move on to lesson three.
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