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Shotgun marksmanship requires some special skills that are substantially different from those you use to shoot a rifle accurately. The differences are found in shooting position, mounting or holding the firearm, pointing, trigger control, and leading, and follow-through.

Shooting Position

The stance for shotgun shooting resembles that of a boxer in the ring–feet spread apart, body well balanced, arms and trunk free to swing to the right and the left of the target. Relax so that you are able to move smoothly. This position must be comfortable and natural to allow for quick movement in any direction.


  • When shooting, the body weight shifts to the leading leg (left leg if you shoot right-handed, right leg if you shoot left-handed).
  • The leading hand holds the shotgun fore-stock and points naturally to the target area. You don’t aim the shotgun so much as point it at your target.