When is it a good idea to have the shotgun pre-mounted? There are times this is a fabulous way to shoot.
For new shooters, a pre-mounted gun is almost a no brainer. Having the gun pre-mounted allows the shooter to learn proper stance, how to get the gun in the correct position in the shoulder and on the face, and to learn to focus on the target. As a shooting instructor, I almost always start new shooters with a pre-mounted gun, with the intention of getting them to a lower gun as soon as possible for better target acquisition and peripheral vision. It also takes away the tendency to try and “aim” the shotgun, vs. pointing it.
A pre-mounted gun is also often used when a target needs to be taken sooner vs later, as sometimes presented in true pairs and/or when the speed and trajectory of a target do not allow much time for a solid gun mount. A pre-mounted gun is great for really any fast moving bird. For example, for any fast outgoing bird, a pre-mounted shotgun is a great idea. The targets are getting away quickly and by taking the mount out of the equation, you will get on the target faster, removing the random gun movement that leaves a lot of room for error. Likewise, targets that are fast crossers, quartering away or screaming rabbits are also great candidates for a pre-mounted gun.
The game of trap is almost always shot with a pre-mounted gun. Generally skeet shooters also use a pre-mounted gun.
Take a deep breath and exhale! This is soooo important both as a beginner at a first lesson and equallyso for the well honed shooter and everyone in between! Do we always remember to do this? Of course not! Those of us who have been shooting quite a while know this but sometimes it is still hard to do. To just relax, exhale and feel the tension leave our hands and shoulders. For new shooters, it is even harder to do. I understand this feeling completely. There are so many things to think about and learn. Safety, break points, foot position, hold points, head on the gun, look at the target, etc. Good instructors will take you through that process with ease when you put less pressure on yourself to perform. Remember that each step in the learning curve, especially for beginners, is a progression toward learning to shoot better. Try to RELAX! By doing so, and with good instruction, you will learn faster, improve quickly and overall, enjoy the whole shooting experience more. Give yourself time to learn just as more experienced shooters need to allow themselves time to get even better.
Remember what? That’s right, RELAX…first and foremost, this is for fun!
Get those guns out and join one of the several GRITS shoots going on in the next few months. There are clay shooting gatherings, several wing shooting opportunities and a hunting and fishing combo! October and November looks like fun! Check out the EVENTS calendar and plan to join us! Cheers!
Hope you are all enjoying a great summer! As for us here at the GRITS home base, we are sure looking forward to some cooler days! Wanted to send you a quick reminder to check our calendar often for upcoming fun with some of the GRITS chapters! I know that this Sunday the Central VA GRITS are shooting near Mt Crawford, VA at the Flying Rabbit. We would love anyone close to join in the fun starting at 10am.
The Carolina GRITS are helping support a charity shoot at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford, NC on August 19th and want more ladies for teams. Contact the CarolinaGRITSnc@yahoo.com for more info.
The Hudson Valley NY GRITS are shooting at St. Hubert’s Lodge in Marlboro, NY on August 20th starting at 9:30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Our Piedmont GRITS Chapter host a weekly Pay Your Own Clay night as well. For more info on that, contact info@GRITSgoBang.org.
Now, get out there this weekend and break some clays!
Looks like several of the GRITS chapters are having some holiday fun shoots coming up this month! Try to join us at one or more! They are great fun and we would love to have you! Please check the events calendar for one near you!
We have a few new Chapters coming on board for the New Year……South Carolina, Las Vegas and Rhode Island areas are looking like they are going to launch. We are always looking forward to volunteers to help grow and promote the group!
The Shopping Cart is up and running with T-shirts and Sweatshirts coming soon!
Ladies, Some fun shooting opportunities are coming this weekend. If you are anywhere near Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, KY., you should go satisfy your sweet tooth and you itchy trigger finger shoot with the Kentucky GRITS gang this Sunday the 27th. See our events tab for more information. Also, if you happen to be in the New England area, we will be shooting Orvis Sandanona Friday afternoon with the NY Hudson Valley Area GRITS gang! Elizabeth Lanier and some of the Virginia GRITS will be there to shoot as well! Come join the fun Friday the 25th.
Next week we will have posted all the GRITS Chapter shoots and a couple of trips on the events calendar and welcome all shooting ladies to join the fun!
The GRITS organization will be putting together some instructional clinics as well for this upcoming spring and look forward to furthering your shotgun fun! Stay tuned as we might just have one in your area.
Here are just a few reasons to join and we will bring you more every few days! Industry members and great gun clubs are just the beginning of what the G.R.I.T.S. can do! With 9 chapters, we are inundated with work and great folks coming onboard. Thank you for your support and encouragement and to take advantage of shooting opportunities, shopping advantages and great sponsorships, consider joining the G.R.I.T.S. if you have not already done so. Your membership not only provides you with discounts but also clearly states that you support and encourage women in the shotgun sports.
I am not sure where the time goes but it certainly flies! Recently the G.R.I.T.S. held a board meeting to further develop the organization and provide more benefits to members. It has been less than a year since we launched the web site and have over 200 members and 9 chapters. It is growing so fast we are figuring out the funding to hire someone to run it on the home front which will free Elizabeth up to get out in the field with chapters more.
We are working very hard to bring lots of great things to our members and those interested in becoming members and we really appreciate the support of you all as we grow. Your membership provides us with the means to send out information, host this web site and continue to cheer and encourage women in the shotgun sports. We are constantly working and improving the way we do things and finding what works and does not. Your support and patience is awesome. We encourage each chapter to host creative and festive events if possible but more importantly, to just be sure to get together and shoot once a month. We are going to highlight our industry sponsors in the coming weeks and months as the holiday season quickly approaches. Again, thank you for your endless support, encouragement and patience as we grow. It is going to only get better and better. We are currently bringing on sponsorship of several other big companies and growing each chapter monthly! G.R.I.T.S. rock!
We have just updated the calendar for the month of August and will get September up in a week. Check out some of the upcoming fun for G.R.I.T.S. Chapters and members. As a G.R.I.T.S. member, you are welcome at any event. Looking forward to some trigger time with these great ladies!
What a great idea that the Piedmont G.R.I.T.S. came up with for the kick off of a day of shooting. The ladies put on anything from evening gowns to camo and had a great time “gussing up with guns”. The photos were priceless and the day was beautiful nd fun with a huge turnout at a fellow G.R.I.T.S. member’s family farm! Way to get creative girls!!
Keep the fun going gang!! This is what we love to see!!