Shooting shotguns and shooting handguns are two very different sports but the more I get into handguns the more similarities I find between the two.
For example, while at a steel shoot at Paul Bunyan Rifle & Sportmen’s Club we ran across an interesting stage. It had three steel plates: one positioned on the far left, one straight in the center, and one on the far right, to the extent that it pushed the 180 but didn’t break it. The course of fire was two shots on each of the side plates and one shot on the center plate. What was most interesting about this particular stage was listening to how everyone was planning to shoot it: what would be fastest? Do you stop on the middle plate? Do you try and swing through it?
The same rules of swing and momentum apply to pistol shooting that do to shotgun shooting. You have to consider the amount of time lost if you pause your swing just as you have to consider how a lack of follow through is going to kill the momentum of your pattern when shooting a skeet bird. Of course I’m not experienced enough for this to really affect me right now.
However, this week I managed to figure something out about the two sports that did directly affect my shooting: when you’re shooting skeet the only thing you want to see is the bird. The only thing I want to think about is that bird. If I look at anything else, if I think about anything else I won’t hit the bird. It’s the same thing with handguns, except all I want to see is the front sight and all I want to think about is having a smooth trigger pull. I’ve found that if that’s all I’m focused on then, like hitting the skeet bird, I’ll hit my target.