I’m putting together some wingshooting clinics this summer. This video shows the method we use. It’s a variation of the Churchill or Instinctive method of shooting.
This video will help you build the sight picture of how the shot comes together. Watch it numerous times. Focus only on the leading edge of the bird. The red dot in the video shows where the barrel of the gun is pointing. Focus on the leading edge of the bird, NOT THE GUN. The gun, and where it’s pointed, are only in your peripheral vision. Never look down or sight down the barrel of the gun. Focus only on the bird. Don’t worry about “leading” the target. Your unconscious brain will take care of that. All you have to do is think about mounting the gun in FRONT of the target.
The gun is not mounted until it is in front of the target and the gun speed has matched the target speed. Here it is in a nutshell. When the bird flushes, focus on it’s leading edge. Pivoting with your feet (not your waist), square your shoulders (and the gun) in front of the bird and match it’s speed. When your shoulders and the gun are in front of the bird, and are moving at the same speed as the bird, it will appear to slow down. Now, simply mount the gun to your cheek and shoulder and take the shot. In this method, the gun is always in front of the target. We never mount the gun first and then swing through the bird. We mount the gun last, just before we pull the trigger.