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Leading the target with swing-through method

Point your shotgun just behind a moving target, and briefly match its speed. Quickly increase the speed of the shotgun so that you literally “swing through” the target. Point the bead sight just below the target’s belly in the space that is at or just in front of the target, based on what works best for you. Then fire. The key to success is keeping your swing speed consistent. Your distance from the target does not change your swing. Swing-through is the best technique for the beginning student.

For more information about shotgun shooting, including free training, visit the Department websites at mdc.mo.gov/node/8506 and mdc.mo.gov/node/3710.