Clay Shooting Tips for Beginners
For you to be a veteran skeet shooter, you need to have the muscle and nerve for hard work and dedication. All in all, the best lessons for skeet shooting, as is known to all the veteran skeet shooters, are those learnt from personal experience. Nevertheless, most of the veteran skeet shooters concur on some of the following as some of the most essential tips for clay shooting.
Looking at clay shooting and the use of guns in the sport, one thing that will need to ring in mind first is that of the need to put safety first. The first safety tip that you need to be mindful of is the need to have worn all the essential hearing and eye protection at all times. It is important for you to always have your guns held as if they were ever loaded but always have them indeed loaded only when you are ready to take your shots. As well mind the fact that you need to have the gun’s muzzle kept pointing downwards only to be lifted when you are taking a shot. Your gun as well needs to be unloaded whenever you are crossing over a stream, ditch or fence all in the interest of ensuring safety.
The second tip that you will appreciate as a beginner in skeet shooting is that of ensuring that you have found the right fit of gun. This is so necessary especially for you to be able to take precise shots-those hitting right where you are looking or aiming at. To help see the fit of the gun, you may be advised to test check the gun by setting a target board about 16 yards or so. Test it by mounting and shooting at the target without aiming and if you miss the target a number of times, consider fitting your gun.
For precision in shooting, you need to as well know well enough which of your eyes is dominant of the two. Do not fall into the mistake that has been made by many of the clay shooters where they assume that going by the dominant hands, they can tell of their eye dominance as well.
After you have so successfully determined which of your eyes is dominant, the next step will be to take a tryout on your mounts/swings, and this you need to do with the gun unloaded. The best shots will be only taken after a series and a routine of practicing swings/mounts.