A proper gun mount is essential for trapshooting. The gun mount will set the shooter up for success or failure even before call ing for a target. It will also help prevent the the recoil and the gun from abusing the shooter. Remember the gun has 4 points of contact with the shooter; shoulder pocket, cheek, trigger hand, and support hand. Unlike rifle shooting, the
The butt of the gun needs to find it’s place in the pocket of the shoulder, just below the clavicle, very close to the neck of the shooter. Many new shooters make the mistake of holding the gun on the shoulder joint, or placing the stock so the entire butt plate of the gun touches the full body of the shooter. Each shooters body is unique and many times just the lower corner of the but plate may touch the shooter. The stock should be high enough for the cheek to be lowers down onto the stock naturally.
With the gun close to the shooter’s body, the head should just nod down to place the cheek onto the comb of the gun stock. The cheek bone will settle above the comb and the cheek should be flat agains the side of the gun stock. The head should not tilt to the side as this will introduce a twist to the gun.
With the gun in the shooters shoulder and the cheek firmly on the gun stock the shooter needs to get their eye in alignment. If the eye in not looking directly down the rib in alignment with the bead at the end of the muzzle, the shooter can make some adjustments to their head position. Moving the head forward or backwards on the comb will make minor adjustments to get the eye in alignment.
The grip of the shotgun is controlled by the trigger hand. The hand on the forearm should remain loose and comfortable. The forward hand is only used for support and assistance in guiding the gun during the swing. The gun should be gently pulled into the shoulder and kept against the cheek.
It is helpful for new shooters to mount the gun while pointing at the sky or background higher from the trap field. This give the shooter a clean background to look at the rib of the gun and make sure their eye is in alignment. Once the gun is on the cheek correctly they will lower the gun to the hold point in a unified motion coming from the shoulders and hip.
If the mount does not feel right, un-mount the gun, reset and mount the gun again.