Gun UP vs. Gun DOWN
March 2008 Sporting Clays Tip
by Dan Schindler
The fastest way to take random gun movement (RGM) out of your swing is to pre-mount your gun. As sporting clays shooters - when shooting gun up - it's important that we not forget to raise our head and relax the shoulders. Head up allows us to see - and shoulders down keeps much needed body movement in the swing. Gun up works in sporting clays.
However, the modified gun up position proposed above does not entirely compensate for the advantages of gun down. The gun down position offers advantages gun up can't. First, gun down - partially or all the way to the F.I.T.A.S.C. line - does a better job of clearing the gun out of your vision. You might not think it would, but it does. Secondly, gun down in all ways creates a more natural, instinctive swing. Underestimating the importance of that is to handicap yourself on the sporting clays range as targets dive and dodge on irregular lines of flight. It is here when gun down really earns its keep.
Don't forget, gun up or gun down, reducing RGM in your swing is always a high priority. With all the advantages of gun down, it also opens the door for more RGM. Taking your for-end hand To The Target (move first,…then mount and shoot) will greatly reduce RGM in your swing.
Both gun up and gun down have advantages. Learning which one to use on various target presentations will definitely put the odds in your favor.
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