Many times, a shooter needs—for one reason or another—to test fire their gun before a competition begins. This can also be the case after a gun malfunction during a round to ensure that the malfunctioning gun will fire as intended.
If you find it necessary to test fire your gun on a competition field, always gain permission from the referee and inform the other shooters on your squad that you are about to fire your shotgun. In this way, everyone will make sure they have their eye and ear protection in place, and they won’t be startled by the shot.
Also, if you are on a practice field, let your fellow shooters know before you load your shotgun for the test fire.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (918)803-2393.