Don’t miss this month
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.