What is Shotgun Fit & How Important Is it?

Guide to Shotgunning

Without the traditional sights found on rifes, effective shotgun shooting relies more on fit than other kinds of long guns, but what does “fit” mean and just how important is it?

Gun fit is certainly an important factor in effective shotgunning, but maybe less important than some people contend.

We all know a crack shot that can knock clays down seemingly with any gun, and we’ve all experienced days where every shot was a miss even with a gun that fit perfectly. Of course, a good shot can compensate for a shotgun’s shortcomings, but that can make for a very long day of shooting.

A properly fitted gun eliminates unnecessary effort, which means you avoid drained muscles and the fog of exhaustion — which really matters in game shooting, where you need your wits about you to react to the prey effectively.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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