Trigger Control for Shotgunners: Don’t Think about It!

December 22, 2014


I take some heat from readers and colleagues because I still call what I do to make a shotgun fire “pulling” the trigger. They’ve informed me that the correct word, these days, is to "press" the trigger rather than "squeeze" or "pull" it, especially when it comes to handguns and rifles. Granted, “press” is probably is the more precise choice because it can describe the motion of a single finger while “squeeze” is more commonly associated with whole-hand movement like “squeezing” an orange. And you definitely don’t want to move your entire hand when you’re aiming a...

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Video: This Mesmerizing Film Shows How a Beretta Shotgun is Made

December 15, 2014

A tremendous amount of work goes into the manufacture of a premium Beretta shotgun--as this video shows.

Have you ever wondered how a Beretta over-under shotgun is made? This short film from Ancarani Studio titled Human Technology follows the production of the one of these luxury firearms from start to finish. The manufacture of a Beretta shotgun is a mesmerizing meld of the high-tech and the traditional. "Human Technology is a singular and symbolic movie, its cast entirely made up of Beretta workmen, thus illustrating the perfect synthesis between craftsmanship and technology," Beretta writes on its website. If you've ever wondered where every dollar goes on a Beretta...

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A Shotgun and a Promise: The Story of My Grandpa’s Ithaca

December 4, 2014

Sometimes the stories behind the guns we carry into America's woods and fields are just as amazing as the new memories we make with them.

Grandpa was a funny man. He was a small man, tough and wiry with quizzical eyes. He never really said too much until his final days, and hell, even then his sentences were short, exact, and to the point. But I’ll never forget the light in Grandpa’s eyes when he talked about the days after the Korean War had ended, and how he came to own an Ithaca shotgun that has since become my own. He’d been fighting somewhere around the 38th parallel. Like some soldiers who didn’t have anyone waiting back home, he stuck around for a bit, mainly drifting through the streets of Seoul and partaking...

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Video: Nighttime Hog Hunting with a Suppressed Shotgun

November 4, 2014

Nighttime Hogs

SilencerCo has released the latest video in a series highlighting their Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor, in which a hunter is shown taking down some hogs at night at an unnamed location in the South. It features some impressive night-vision footage. The Salvo 12 is available in a number of different lengths, and retails for $1,400. SilencerCo has previously released videos of the suppressor being employed by pheasant and Read more »

The Center of Every Target is Exactly the Same Size

November 3, 2014

Bill Miller has found that Leon Measures' "Shoot Where You Look" philosophy is just as useful today as it was when he first encountered it.

Though our first meeting was more than 15 years ago, I remember three events of the first day I spent with Texan Leon Measures like it was yesterday. First, I saw his young shooting students (we are talking ages six to 10) hit hand-tossed dimes, then aspirin, then individual BBs in the air with a sightless Daisy BB gun! Next when I questioned how this was even possible, he did a demonstration for me. He gave me the BB gun and tossed an empty coffee can a few feet up in the air for me to shoot. I hit it, and he took the gun and told me to go pick up the can. Then, I brought it to him. He...

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The Feng Shui of Shotgun Shells

October 6, 2014

A lot goes into a shotgun shell, and how it performs. Are you using the best ammo for your shotgunning pursuits?

If you decide which shells you're going to use for your shotgunning pursuits based solely on what’s least expensive at the local sporting goods emporium, there’s no reason to read any further. Go about your shooting and hunting. You’ll get the same results you always have. But remember: doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity. To improve your shooting, bring more game cleanly to hand, and expand your understanding of shotgunning you must try something different---perhaps in your technique,...

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How Many Shotguns Do You Own? How Many Do You Shoot Well?

September 29, 2014

When it comes to shotgunning, are you a one-gun wonder or do you take the "golf bag" approach?

What is your approach to shotgunning? Are you the legendary one-gun man or woman? There’s wisdom in the warning, “Beware of the hunter or shooter with only one gun! He or she probably knows how to use it!” Then there is the "golf bag" approach to shooting. The golfer doesn’t play an entire round with only a driver or solely with a putter. His or her bag carries a dozen or more clubs each meant for a specific distance or type of shot. Ever watch a professional golf tournament? That selection of clubs allows them to perform some amazing feats. The caddy even makes suggestions on the...

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7 Questions with Professional Shooting Instructor and GRITS Founder Elizabeth Lanier

September 18, 2014

Elizabeth Lanier, professional shooting instructor, GRITS founder, and shotgunner extraordinaire.

Elizabeth Lanier, owner of Lanier Shooting Sports, is a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level III shooting instructor and an all-around lover of all things wingshooting and clay shooting. I recently had the opportunity to chat with her about how she was introduced to the sports, and her advice to women who are interested in becoming involved. Britney: Please tell us about your background in upland bird hunting and clay shooting. How did you get started?  Elizabeth: Years ago I gave a guy who was an avid wingshooter his first...

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Why a New Shooter’s First Shotgun Should Be a Semiauto

August 10, 2014

Though single-shots and pumps are usually the go-to picks for an outdoor mentor to outfit a new shooter, the author feels semiautomatics are, in fact, the way to go. Image © National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.

My first shotgun was a single-shot hammer gun, a hand-me-down from my mother. Dad bought it for her while they were dating, and though they hunted together a few times, Mom never caught the fever. She loved the dogs. She loved walking in the autumn fields, but shooting stuff---not so much. A couple outings quenched her curiosity of what her fiancée found "fun" in all this, and she never touched the gun again. Today, I work part-time at a small sporting goods store, mostly to get out of the house and to maintain measure on the pulse of what real hunters and shooters are buying. Usually,...

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TriStar Expands it’s Popular Viper G2 Line with the New SR Sport Model

May 27, 2014

The Viper G2 SR Sport

For 2014, TriStar Arms has expanded the Viper G2 semi-automatic line to include a new 12-gauge sporting model – the Viper G2 SR Sport.  Whether shooting clay pigeons or hunting upland game, the Viper G2 SR Sport is a worthy choice that is comfortable to shoot, includes a variety of choke tubes and comes at an affordable price. This new gas-operated shotgun has a 30-inch target barrel with a red fiber optic sight, and features a red anodized receiver and end cap. The Viper G2 SR Sport has a synthetic stock and forearm coated with “Soft Touch.” This application gives a soft rubber...

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