How to Carry a Shotgun for Target Shooting

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Learn why properly holding and carrying a shotgun is an important part of gun safety in this free instructional video on advanced target shooting.

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One of the things we want to talk to you about is carrying and handling your shotgun while on or in and around a skeet field. One of the things, as we mentioned earlier, is that you always have to be conscious of, is the muzzle and where it is pointed. One of the things that we suggest is that you always have control of the muzzle end of the shotgun. The actions are always open, always open. Now when carrying a shotgun in and around a shotgun range, what we suggest, is that you can take your arm, put it right up underneath, and carry a shotgun like this. But as you see, you have absolute control of that muzzle, always have control, you can see where it is. One of the other things that you can do, if this is not comfortable for you, you can actually take and drop it over your shoulder, and now you can grab the muzzle, or up here at the forearm, and you can carry it, but you have absolute control of the muzzle. One of the things that you don't want to do, and you'll see people sometimes they'll take a shotgun and they're out in the field and their hunting it, but you have no control of the muzzle, you don't know where that muzzle is going to be pointed. You don't want to see, and people on a skeet field, for obvious safety reasons, don't want to see the muzzle not under control. This is an automatic, or semi-automatic shotgun that's used a lot in skeet shooting. So, again, always have control of the shotgun. You can carry it like so, you can carry it balanced under the arm, you can carry it over the shoulder, but always have control of the muzzle. Another common shotgun that is used in skeet shooting is the over and under, and when you're carrying an over and under on a skeet field, the thing that you want to do is always make sure that it is broken open. And again, you can carry it much like the other one, like so, you have absolute control of the muzzle. You can drape it over the shoulder like so, where you have absolute control of the muzzle. One of the things that you never want to see on a fixed action shotgun like this is the action closed. If you're walking around like this, nobody knows that it's unloaded, it's very, very dangerous. Even the handler, a lot of times, doesn't even know that it's unloaded, so it always must be broken open, again. And when you carry an over and under shotgun, always have control of the muzzle end of the shotgun, not like so, not with the barrels over the shoulder like so, you don't have control. Always have control of the muzzle of the shotgun.

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