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Watch the Target, Not Your Barrel

Shooters new to the game of skeet very often find themselves frustrated at not being able to break targets consistently, no matter how hard they try.

I’ve found one of the most common mistakes they make is their failure to focus on the target rather than their gun barrel.

Most new shooters mount the gun, sight down the barrel, and look at their front bead. When they call for the target, their eyes are focused on the bead rather than on what they’re trying to hit.

It is important for them to understand that their eyes should be following the target, but they will see the bead with their peripheral vision. The space seen between the target and the front bead is the lead. When you see what you perceive to be the correct lead, pull the trigger and follow through.
By Barry Greenberg