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Practicing A Smooth Shotgun Swing

by Scott E. Mayer   |  June 29th, 2011 7

Getting a consistent mount and smooth swing are keys to making hits on clay and feathered birds. Gil and Vicki Ash from OSP Shooting School have a drill you can do in your own living room to help you perfect your mount and develop a smooth swing simply using a flashlight as a muzzle indicator.

When my youngest son was 7 years old, he started showing an interest in wingshooting, so I started him off with a 28-gauge and the flashlight drill. Instead of a flashlight, however, we had to use a laser pointer as even the AAA-size Mini-Mag lights won’t fit the 28-gauge bore.

We practiced his mount and swing for 10 to 15 minutes each day after school, and by the time shooting season came around, he was breaking birds from the start. I can’t say it enough; this is probably the single best shotgunning drill I’ve ever experienced.

  • Charles Closz

    .I have shot skeet for years and this has helped my wing shooting greatly and i have practiced mounting and swinging my shotgun in the house. This flashlight practice looks great, I cant wait to try it.

  • Brock Norman

    Really good tip here!

  • Jhon Baker

    I am going to try this. I like anything that can improve my weapon usage.

  • Capt RVanO

    The "flashlight drill" is well-known in the Sporting Clays circles I have been part of, and is part of the drill that I teach novice shooters. It definitely works to keep one's mount smooth and repeatable. I am very glad to see it get more "advertisement."

  • Alvaro Casciani

    Nice. I´ll try this.

  • Tad

    This drill is in the Ash's Books on sporting clays. Great books for improving your Shotgun skills.

  • bontai Joe

    I need all the help I can get with a shotgun. Being a pistol guy, I can't break the habit of "aiming" the shotgun. I can see where this drill reinforces you to look at the light (target) instead of the barrel. It's GOTTA help me break my bad habits.

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