Position yourself well for better aim

What could be more disappointing than to target a clay pigeon or a bird in flight, to fire and see it continue its course?

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As with any other sport or activity, the more you practice, the better your results will be.

However, you have to have good basics if you want to improve.

A pro

Less than 35 minutes from Montreal, there is the Montreal Skeet Club clay pigeon shooting center. The owner, the sympathetic Carl Zarifé, 40 years old, is an expert in shooting.

To better situate you, know that he won about twenty competitions when he was younger and that he has been chasing waterfowl for more than two decades.

During his career, he estimates that he fired more than 200,000 rifle shots.


Neophytes often make small mistakes that unfortunately make all the difference in terms of success.

Basically, the raising of the weapon from bottom to top during the motion should not be jerky, but perfectly fluid. Many raise the rifle to chin height, which forces the head to tilt to the right (or vice versa) and roll back. Misalignment automatically follows.

Just before the firing, if the body is not required to chain the movements, you considerably limit the fluidity of the shots.

To do

The first step is to face the target. The right-handed person must move the left foot forward (or vice versa) to have a solid posture.

It is then necessary to position the rifle in a straight line with the target, then to raise the end of the barrel in its direction so as to be able to draw a straight line with its eye in the direction of the objective.

The rifle is shouldered then the cheek rests on the stock, making sure that the head is not tilted. The new right-handed follower will close the left eye to aim and it will be the opposite for a left-handed person.

Once in play, the body is tilted forward so as to transfer 60 to 70% of its weight to the left foot. You will thus have a firm support which will facilitate the collection of the recoil of the weapon.

If the target moves from left to right or vice versa, the pivot must be done with the hips and not with the arms. These are only for micro-adjustments at the very end, from bottom to top. The torso must face the action and must not execute excessive rotations which could cause a blockage or limitation.

When we acquire the moving target, we follow its rhythm, we pass it by following its rhythm, we pull the trigger while continuing the sweep.

For more information, call 450 452-2417 or visit the site montrealskeetclub.com

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