gun fit is one of the most important variables in consistent shotgun
shooting and is the foundation from which all other fundamentals are
built. A properly fit
shogun should come to your face and shoot where you are looking as
instinctively as you would point your finger at a distant object or
move your hands to catch a ball that is thrown at you.
A shotgun that does not fit will require the shooter to
consciously “align” his or her eye with the rib or bead…a very
non-instinctive process, usually resulting in a miss!
most mass-produced shotguns are built to fit the “average
person”. In reality,
most people are far from average in at least one physical trait
important to gun fit (height, arm length, facial features, etc.).
The good news is most mass-produced shotguns can also be
modified to fit reasonably well with some minor adjustments and/or
best way to achieve proper gun-fit is through a comprehensive
gun-fitting process. The
comprehensive gun fitting process at Double A Shooting Instruction
is composed of the following steps:
Form and mount evaluation
Dry-fitting to adjust length of pull, drop, cast, etc.
Live-fire fitting at the pattern plate
Final fit validation on a variety of target presentations
The comprehensive gun fitting process
includes live-fire fitting at the pattern plate to ensure
your gun is shooting where look and to optimize the fit for the
gun's intended purpose.
often takes two or more meetings between student and instructor.
The first meeting is to discuss specific needs of the client
so the instructor understands what the shotgun will be used for.
Ben will also discuss the importance of proper gun fit, how
form and fit are inter-related, and other variables of gun fit.
In addition, the student’s form and gun mount are
evaluated, and initial fit adjustments are made via dry fitting.
If form or mount changes are made, or if additional mounting
practice is needed, the student is often (but not always) given a
week or two to practice their gun-mounting technique before steps 3
and 4 are conducted. Since the ultimate goal of
proper gun fit is to make the shot go to the target, the final step
is to shoot the gun at targets that are representative of the
situations the gun will be used in.
result is a gun that instinctively shoots where you are looking (at
the bird or target), and a huge boost of confidence knowing you have
equipment that works! In
addition, you will understand the importance of gun fit, how gun fit
relates to the rest of the shooting process, and can apply what you
have learned to other shotguns you own or may later acquire.
contact Ben Berka for more
information or to schedule a comprehensive gun-fitting session.