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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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Shooting Skills?

i re-read the question and I can see where I made my mistake. And no offense taken. I also beilive that a physical hunters ed course is much better. When you take the online course you dont get any of the experince from the instructors in a real life course. also you mentioned "slap the trigger?" I have always heard squeeze the trigger

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Location: Summit, IL
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Shooting Skills?

Different style of trigger completion for shotgunning. In rifle you want to use an "even squeeze" technique where in shotgunning you use a fast break style, also known as "slap". Goes against everything we are taught with a rifle I know but the guy that taught me had to work that out of me. It also screwed up my long distance rifle shooting untill I finaly got it through my thick scull to seperate the techniques between sporting clays and long distance rifle.

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Shooting Skills?

Yes when shooting you squeeze the trigger for many reasons. When shotgunning though, you slap the trigger. Two main reasons are 1) You are speed shooting close range at a fast target. 2) Slapping doesn't give your mind time to think about the recoil thus flinching is less likely to occur. Slapping does not mean mashing the trigger in a hard fast motion. That will cause jerking to occur. Slapping (as I know it) is a controlled squeeze at faster speeds. This is also an excellent technique when shooting iron sights at long ranges while standing. But that's another story. There is another term in shooting simular to this called slap trigger. If you hear this, it is refering to the trigger in older weapons springing back after the shot and slapping your finger. I believe that is correct?

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Thanks thats good to know, Ive been waterfowling for the past 6 years and ive never heard that term or theory. i guess you learn something everyday

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Yes jfrench its also used in iron sight shooting. Especially in the "running target" comps. Basicly the "slap trigger" technique is used for any shot, shotgun or rife, requiring a follow through, i.e. moving targets. On still targets, standing, sitting, or prone, I still prefer to use a controled squeeze but there are some that use the slapper in the standing position. Especially if they have a weaker form and cant get a rock solid hold on the weapon. But that comes with MANY years of dedicated practice in form. Basicly when "slap" is being used in rifle while standing then the "follow-through" rule is in effect since the weapon is not at a constant rest but rather moving so you have to continue through the shot as you would on a moving target.

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Yup, I see it now. I guess those questions are more tricky than I thought. You make a good point. I was simply choosing all the answers that applied, no particular order.

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Location: new brunswick
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Re: Shooting Skills?
cpl wrote:
Hi

Recently- I've decided to go get my hunting lisence and I found that http://www.ihea.com gives you the choice of taking the hunter education course online.
I haven't missed a single problem on the 3 previous tests, now I'm on the 4th Chaper and it's a pop quiz on "Shooting Skills".
I really need your help to get past this. I'm a newbie and I'm not sure of the correct answers.
But here's the question- Please give me your opinions.

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Which skills help you shoot better with a shotgun? Check all that apply.

[] Slap the trigger.
[] Squeeze the trigger.
[] Hold your breath.
[] Leading your target.
[] Stand like a boxer.
[] First bring your gun to your shoulder.
[] First bring your gun to your cheek.

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