You can read a lot of articles about gun mount. Gun mount is one of the most important aspects of shotgun shooting. An inconsistent gun mount leads to many misses.
A poor gun mount, as well as poor execution of several other aspects of shotgun shooting, can lower your opportunities to hit the targets.
I have found that many new or less experienced students lose their mount as they follow the target across the field. Their bodies continue to turn with the gun while they’re following the target, but their turn slows down even while their eyes stay with the target. This is where the student uses their arms, and their face-to-comb pressure loosens, sometimes considerably.
A common comment is, “I thought I had that.”
This loss of face-to-comb pressure is frequently seen when right-handed shooters are shooting a left-to-right shot, or left handed shooters are shooting a right to left shot. There appears to be a natural tendency for this to happen, and you as the shooter have to learn to control that tendency and to stay on the gun throughout the shot execution and its follow-through.
Constant face-to-comb pressure is necessary if the shooter wants consistent hits.
“Arming” may be caused by myriad issues, one of which is foot position. Others may be stance and/or gun fit, or maybe hold or look points. Almost all of the causes begin at set-up and are displayed as the shot is executed.
I believe that the relationship of the shotgun and your eyes has to stay constant. I tell students to place their head on the gun and to make sure they have their head down hard (and keep it that way) as they execute the shot and the follow-through, keeping the relationship of their guns and their eyes constant.
If you are having a problem with this or any of a number of other problems, go to an NSSA-NSCA Certified Instructor. They will work with you to help solve your problems.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who teaches American skeet and wingshooting. You can contact Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-803-2393.