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Stock Fitter's Bible - Eliminate limitations

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rollin Oswald, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. Rollin Oswald

    Rollin Oswald Active Member

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    All of us suffer from limitations that affect our shooting. If they could be eliminated or reduced, we could shoot better. Unfortunately, most of them are difficult or impossible to reduce, let alone, eliminate. Impaired vision, reduced hand/eye coordination, psychological factors and reaction time are some of the most difficult to combat.

    Limitations caused by a flawed shooting form (stance, gun mount, body [particularly head] posture), unlike the others, CAN be eliminated. Use the wrong stance and your swing can get sloppy or you will run out of swing distance before reaching hard-angled targets. This causes arm-swinging the gun rather than using body rotation and invites moving the stock’s comb away from the cheek (and eye) and changes the POI.

    Using the wrong gun mount causes a number of problems, all detrimental and score robbing. The head and neck may be leaned forward, which can cause head-raising during swings and result in shooting over targets. It may not cause a clean miss every time but when coupled with an imperfect sight picture, targets WILL be lost.

    A comb at the wrong height, either too high or too low, can also cause lost targets. To make matters worse, like the wrong head and neck posture, the causes of these occasional losses are difficult to identify. A solution to the problems is equally difficult to identify.

    All of these are limitations to shooting at our best. Unlike practice to learn the best sight pictures, more practice is not likely to eliminate fit and form problems. Something needs to change, probably your shooting form. To do that, your stock dimensions may need to change.

    Over the years the elements of shooting form have evolved. They changed because different ways of shooting were found to be more effective. It was discovered that certain shooting postures (particularly head and neck positions), stances and gun mounts resulted in more broken targets. It is the reason that old guns have different stock dimensions than newer guns.

    When shotguns are designed, their stock dimensions are chosen by manufacturers to fit "average" shooters. Sometimes they are successful. A small minority of gun buyers find that off-the-rack guns fit them very well and they can immediately shoot them very well. This is because the dimensions of their stocks fit their particular size and shape and allow the fortunate few to use the correct shooting form.

    There also a few shooters who have limitations that do not involve shooting form and stock dimensions. They can shoot almost any gun very well. Unfortunately, that does not include most of us. When we are forced to shoot guns that do not fit, the price of our flawed shooting forms is lower scores, delayed improvement with practice and unacceptable amounts of felt recoil to name just a few.

    The recent availability of stock shims, adjustable combs and recoil pads has helped considerably but many shooters do not know how to adjust them to enjoy their benefits of correct shooting forms. Many of us do not know what a correct form is or the benefits that would be ours if we could define and use it.

    Each dimension and sometimes two dimensions in combination, affect different elements of shooting form. For example, the height of the comb affects the vertical POI just like the cast at the comb (and, unfortunately, sometimes, gun canting) affects horizontal POI.

    "Stock Fitter's Bible" explains correct shooting form in detail, how to determine if yours could be improved and what stock dimensions would need to be changed to allow you to use the correct form. Instructions are given for checking stock dimensions and if necessary, changing them.

    The book explains it all, everything you will ever need to know about trap shooting form and how to fit your gun so you can use the correct shooting form. (It also explains the slight variations in form for skeet and sporting clays in addition to providing tips that will further improve your shooting.)

    This is not to say that fitting your own gun with the help of a gunsmith or adjustable comb installer is as easy as having your gun fitted by a good, professional stock because it isn’t. Having a gun fitted by a professional is always preferable to doing it yourself. It’s also quicker.

    If you have patience and are willing to pay the price of lower scores while getting used to a correct shooting form, you will be well on your way to higher scores, more rapid improvement with practice and very possibly, to enjoying the benefits of reduced felt recoil.

    Click on the Website URL above for more information about the book.

    Rollin
     
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    As a new shooter I can say I found Stock Fitter's Bible very informative. Many other sources I found gave general advice some of which was conflicting but Rollin's book explains the effect of each adjustment clearly and logically and weaves in the history of stock design. A great reference book and a good read.
     
  4. Rollin Oswald

    Rollin Oswald Active Member

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    Thank you for the bump, Shady and for your kind review, 20yard.

    Rollin
     
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