Mental Training > Just Gotta Have Fun

Fun, fun, fun (now that daddy took the T-Bird away).”

—Beach Boys, 1964

My wife and I recently moved to Victor, New York, a town south of Rochester near several gun clubs. This is very important to me because as most of you know, New York state is not particularly gun friendly — it takes a year to get a pistol permit. But in this part of New York, there are a lot of shotgun shooters and I feel very welcome.

Waterfowl Odyssey — Part 1 of 2

Crossing 2,000 miles and three states on a hunting trip that illustrated skill requirements of a well-rounded shotgunner.

For many years Shotgun Sports has been a primary publication when it comes to illustrating skill sets necessary when taking on all manner of clay bird targets. Learning to take out clay birds by reducing them to dust within a solid core pattern can help you develop into a much better wing shot.

Mental Training > How Talent Works

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” —H.L. Mencken

One of the most frustrating things to me about discussing performance is the thought that all anyone has to do to get to the top of anything is to work harder than the next person. The next most annoying thing is to have people tell me the reason why this happens is the person in question has “talent” that can’t be duplicated by the speaker and there is no need to work hard because it won’t help.

What Features Are Most Important For Your Shotgun?

Almost every day on one of the online shotgun shooting chat rooms someone posts the question about which gun to purchase, and this post usually receives a significant amount of responses from all readers. However, truth-be-told, most shooters select a shotgun based on these primary factors: price, features (such as adjustable comb and rib or the number and variety of choke tubes) and availability.

Mental Training > Inborn Errors

“We are all products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” —Pastor Rick Warren

When I was in college, I was exposed to a math problem called the “Birthday Paradox” which showed if you randomly selected 23 people there would be a 50% chance two of them would have the same birthday. If you chose 70 people, the chances were almost 100%.

How Do I Improve My Second Shot Recovery?

If you were to figure up all of the different kinds of missed targets you have ever fired on, which kind of shot would it be? Would it be the first shot of a skeet round? The first shot on a single Rabbit target? Maybe it is the first target of a pair or the second target of a pair. Aha! I thought so! All of my friends and acquaintances have far and away (myself included) missed more second shots on most kinds of doubles in all the years we have been shooting clay birds and live birds, too.

Embrace Your Gun for Better Control

If you have read many gun reviews on any firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, I am sure you have read the standard factory stock that comes with a shotgun or rifle is designed with dimensions intended to fit “Joe Average”. Well, you probably have also learned that Joe Average doesn’t exist and just about everyone gets a gun that does not fit them. Subsequently, the newbie shooters with new guns are always taking shots with little chance of success.