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Lockdown Training Tips for Clay Shooters

01 Apr 2020

Even though we are currently stuck at home, this is no excuse to stop practice your clay shooting technique for when East Midlands Clay Sports re-opens.

The concept of a home workout is something we are all getting used to, but can we adapt this to improve our fitness or shooting skills? Simply yes, and we are going to explain how in this post.

There are a number of ways to do this without ever having to pull the trigger, and we have listed a few below which you can share with your fellow shooting friends on social media.

What is Dry Mounting?

Dry mounting is the process of bringing the gun to the shoulder and then into the face as you would when at our shooting grounds, but without pulling the trigger or using ammunition.

This exercise is useful to maintain a consistent gun mount, which refers to the position of the barrel and its alignment to our eye and ensuring this is the same every time.

For extra consistency, this also covers the position of the gun in the shoulder and face which makes sure the stock sits comfortably within the shoulder pocket under the collar bone and the cheek is placed firmly on the comb.

Every shooter will mount differently, but it is vital that this can be repeated perfectly every time. By simulating this process will mean you can achieve a consistent gun mount if practised repeatedly.

This helps to develop a smooth and controlled movement towards a target. The practice of this routine has physical and mental benefits as it helps you concentrate and exercises your body and mind.

Your Guide to Dry Mounting

Before you begin, make sure you have a safe space to complete this exercise, where you won’t damage your gun or anyone nearby when you swing your barrels.

Make sure your gun is empty so there are no mishaps. To increase your focus, you could wear your full clay pigeon shooting kit to replicate the real-life scenario.

Keep your feet in the right position, pick a spot on the wall or in the distance that will be your gun hold point and another for your eye hold point. Using these points as your guide, follow your normal gun mount routine.

Repeat this process until you are satisfied that your gun is in the right place every time. This can be checked by mounting using a mirror and flicking your eyes back to the barrel to make sure it is in the correct place.

If you want to take this exercise to a new level, go through the same routine with your eyes closed, only opening them when your gun is mounted on your shoulder. Check to see if your eyes are still in the same place by looking down the rib. If this is the case, well done and if not re-align your barrel with your eye with some extra practice.

Need More Clay Shooting Advice? Get in Touch

If you need any more advice regarding clay pigeon shooting practice, please contact East Midlands Clay Sports.