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So, the sea­son has started and de­spite all that prepa­ra­tion the wheels have well and truly come off. There’s no shame in ad­mit­ting you need to go back to shoot­ing school and have an in­struc­tor help you to get back on track. Chris Hanks from Lady’s Wood Shoot­ing School presents a three-step guide to do­ing just that, and it needn’t be a hard les­son to learn. We hope it’s of as­sis­tance – and no need to thank us when you bring that tricky crosser down.

I am a stick­ler for get­ting gun mount right. Shoot­ing starts from the ground up, as with a good stance, cor­rect weight dis­tri­bu­tion and a smooth, con­sis­tent mount — tak­ing the shot is so much eas­ier.

The mount is ei­ther rushed and leads to over-lead­ing the bird and com­ing off its line or the cheek is sim­ply not on the stock in the cor­rect place or the head is not down/for­ward enough. This even goes to the ex­tremes of a cheek not even touch­ing the gun.

Gen­er­ally, with a well-fit­ted gun a con­sis­tent mount is rel­a­tively easy to prac­tice and es­tab­lish. I find prac­tis­ing at home with an (un­loaded) gun can re­ally help cre­ate a good mus­cle mem­ory. The eas­i­est way is to stand fac­ing the cor­ner of a room with your body an­gled as if that is where your tar­get is com­ing from. Fo­cus on the cor­ner where the walls meet the ceil­ing and slowly mount your gun. You must en­sure you are stand­ing cor­rectly and mount as if the cor­ner is your tar­get. Take three to five sec­onds from gun down to fully mounted, hold for three to five sec­onds in the mounted po­si­tion fo­cus­ing on your tar­get spot then dis­mount tak­ing again three to five sec­onds. Tak­ing just five min­utes to do this be­fore bed for a few nights will make such a dif­fer­ence.

Those who mount in­cor­rectly may not even have their cheek touch­ing the gun.

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