"THIS IS THE WAY I DO IT," SAYS VETERAN SHOTGUNNER WHOSE SCORES A-FIELD BEAR OUT HIS THEORIES
By COLONEL GEORGE W. BUSBEY (Ret)
THE OBJECTIVE of shotgun shooting is to hit things with a reasonable percentage of the shots fired. But because shotgun-ning has not been (perhaps cannot be) reduced to the mathematically precise rules of sight-picture and trigger-control that govern rifle and pistol shooting, the number of opinions as to how this can be done is almost exactly equal to the number of shot-gunners able to talk or write.
Some of these opinions are backed by expert scores in both target and field shooting—and far be it from me to say those men are wrong. On the other hand, neither will 1 concede that they are right, or that they are all good teachers for beginners to follow. Some of them, I happen to know, preach one thing and then, blissfully unaware of it, do quite another when they actually swing a gun on a target. Anyway, this preachment is not for such as them; this is for the shotgun beginner. If you're already an expert, turn the page, and God bless you!
Although many shotgun shots are fired at stationary targets (sitting rabbits, squirrels, varmints, pattern boards, and what-have-you ), the real value of a shotgun is its ability, when properly handled, to send a charge of shot which will hit a running or flying target. You can get valuable information, to say nothing of pot meat, by shooting a shotgun at stationary targets, but this is not true shotgunning. The shotgun sports hinge primarily on air-borne targets.
There are a few essentials which, if practiced, will enable a man (or woman) to become a satisfactory shotgun performer, able to enjoy the sport and give a fair account of himself a-field or on a marsh or on a clay-bird court. The following are those essentials as I see them.
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