Tamara references Joe Merchant's blog
on how it's possible to miss with a shotgun from across a room.
Those who believe that Open Choke means that you can "clear a room with a single blast from the hip" simply don't know what they are talking about, and need to be led by the hand to a tactical shotgun match.
Such matches, I have found, teach valuable lessons, such as:1. Some degree of aiming is required. Yes, you can point, but do so more accurately.2. You're not as good with your pump shotgun as you think you are. No, you're not. 3. Rapid-fire high-brass loads can rattle you. 4. Low-brass target loads, no matter how you center the plates, won't reliably knock down heavy steel.5. Autos are faster, no matter what you've heard.6. As a matter of fact, autos are generally more reliable than pumps. No, really.7. Good shotgun skills do require practice. Engaging multiple targets smoothly and accurately does not come "naturally."8. Mounting the shotgun to your shoulder quickly and properly and in a repeatable fashion is incredibly important. (See #7.)9. Sights and slings are valuable tools.10. Moving about with a shotgun deployed, ready for pop-ups, requires practice.11. Nothing is so big or so close that you "can't miss."
The most inveterate shottist can learn or relearn valuable lessons at these competitions.
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