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How to find a Shotgun that fits you

Gun fit is critical.
The weapon is critical for a precise shot. Stephen Maturen

None of us buy a pair of shoes without trying them first. But when you’re on the market for a new shotgun That’s precisely the problem you’re facing. You can’t leave the store with the gun and drive to the range of skeet to see if it’s a good fit until you pay. So how do you know if a shotgun outside the platform is the right one? Fortunately, there are many ways to check that the gun fits without ever shooting. And there are even more ways to adjust the weapon after your purchase.

But first, if you’re a new shooter and this is your first shotgun, it’s better if you don’t buy it right away. Take some shooting lessons first. Charging weapons of friends or rank, if possible. You don’t know if a gun is right for you until you learn the basics of shooting. That said, if you should have a new weapon now, you know that your shooting style and body will partially adapt to the weapon. It’s different once you’ve learned to shoot. Then you’ll want a gun that fits you so you can keep shooting the way you’re used to it.

Bring a gun you shoot well along.
If you have a gun you shoot well, bring it. Will Sensing

Find your right vision alignment

The usual focus of the test gun fits when you can’t shoot a robe is to mount the unloaded gun and see if it aligns properly under your dominant eye. It’s best to start with your eyes closed. Close your eyes and mount the gun to make you comfortable. Relax a little. Then open your eyes. Does your dominant eye look directly at the rib? If it is on both sides, that means that the plaster, or the lateral curve of the stock, is not very suitable for you. As for correcting the stock height, the store manager or a shooting friend can help you look down from the front of the empty gun mounted to the eye and notice where your iris aligns with the rib. You can also check the alignment of your eyes by mounting the weapon in front of a mirror.

If you already have a gun you shoot well, bring it to the gun store so you can check the new weapon against the test. If you don’t shoot your own gun well, bring it anyway so you can see how the new weapon differs to improve your shooting. It will also help eliminate weapons from a similar design.

How much rib do you see?

Although this is very personal, I do not like to look down the rib when the stock is against my cheek with moderate pressure. That’s because when I need to shoot a bird falling, getting a little tighter and that makes my eye go under the rib, that darkens the target. I like to see a little rib when I’m usually on. This allows me to keep the target in full sight and slightly float the target instead of covering it with the nozzle.

If the weapon has a central account in addition to the front account, many shooters like to align to create an eight figure with the central account by touching the bottom of the front account. If there is no central account, a trick I found useful is to put a flat penny in the back more of the rib and type the gun normally. By doing that, I can usually still see the front account, but not the front part of the rib. That gives me almost the amount of height I need in my field weapons, which come with flat ribs. You may want a different picture of the view that I, depending on the game, clay lens presentations, or your shooting style.

Shimming your gun will make it more accurate.
Self-loaders like this Benelli can be drowned between stock and receiver. Joe Genzel

Some shotguns fit better than others

If you are considering an automatic or Shotgun, they often have adequate advantages. Many of today’s semi-autos are adjustable shim. They come with different slaves that can be placed between the head of the stock and the back of the action to change the height and plaster of the stock to adapt to the shooter. This basically allows you to easily alter the stock for an ideal fit. Most pump guns don’t come with this feature, but a good blacksmith should be able to make and insert shims into a bomb.

Unfortunately, the over/unders and side-by-sides do not have this feature because of the way the actions fit into the receivers. If the stock is too high or does not have enough landing, one of the options is to sand it to fit and then refining it. The problem is when you want to increase height or reduce casting wood should be added. A highly skilled blacksmith can be able to fold the stock so that it fits you using heat or humidity lamps, but it is expensive and sometimes the wood is not tilted. Some modern white guns are built with an adjustable cheek piece. This allows easy adjustment of the plaster and height. Unfortunately, a piece of adjustable cheek is a bit cumbersome in a field gun, so it doesn’t find them in those. You may also have a blacksmith do an action that fits your body type, but it can be an expensive effort. A cheap DIY alternative is just to add some skin to the shotgun comb.

Shooter length is a key component for gun fixing

You also have to check the length of stock. Although there are different preferences, a good thumb rule is to have about 11⁄2 inches between the back of your thumb from the trigger hand and your shot glasses when mounted. Make sure you are wearing your shooting clothes when you are trying a new gun at the store, so your reach is consistent. If you’re a duck hunterDon’t try the gun on a shirt. Note that a short stock often increases faithful. One that is too long will inhibit the assembly of weapons and make control more difficult. Too short or long actions can also hinder accuracy. However, the stock length is not a break according because the length changes are usually very simple to do by using a rebound of different lengths. You can also add spacers to some actions by decreasing the backplate. The longest actions can also be cut to fit smaller shooters.

The 100 fit a wide variety of shooters.
The 1100 was a popular shotgun because it matched a variety of shooters. Stephen Maturen

A size doesn’t fit everything.

What are the chances of finding a weapon that fits perfectly? Are there brands and models that seem to fit with most people? The answer to that is perhaps. The problem is that there is no such thing as a standard weapon measurement. Standard Remington 1100s—the most popular semi-auto for white shooters in the 1970s—measured 11⁄2 inches (drop at comb) x 21⁄2 inches (drop at heel) x 14 inches (length of pull) through most of their production career. With a thin comb, they often adapt to the average American male. But look at some European weapons. The Fausti class tops are slightly longer, measuring 11⁄2 x 21⁄4 x 141⁄2 inches as is Beretta Silver Pigeon I 20-gauge, list as measurement of 13⁄8 x 21⁄4 x 143⁄4 inches. Remember that a firearm for pre-assembled white guns can be a little longer than the stock of a field weapon, which must be mounted under many different conditions.


Check price

In addition to stock height, plaster and length for proper fit of the gun, you will want to make sure the tone of the action suits you. Pitch is the angle of the rear plate where it fits your sloped shoulder. Four degrees is standard. You want to make sure the action finger doesn’t dig in your chest. Pitch, as a length, fits easily. You can use a conical pad spacer to get the right release.

While in it, make sure that the grip adapts to your hand and that the trigger is comfortably available. Some white guns have triggers that can be moved back forward, but this is rare in field weapons.

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Not all the Shotguns are created equal

Clearly, if you are purchasing a shelf weapon, it makes sense to see if you can borrow one of the same brand and model of a friend to shoot before committing. Or you can find the same weapon as a rental in a shooting field. That way you should know how that model shoots and fits before you put your money. But even that process has its flaws. The massive production of shotguns can cause differences in the dimensions of weapons. The measurements of the same model weapon can be slightly different depending on when each individual weapon has been produced. Therefore, you should still follow the guidelines I have established even when you are looking to buy a shotgun that you think is already the right one.

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