Shooting Tip #23: The Mid Bead
The mid-bead on a shotgun serves a very specific purpose for both the target shooter and the hunter. This purpose is to verify proper gun fit and a consistent gun mount. Consistent results on moving targets are dependent on a correct and consistent gun mount. A properly fitted shotgun will easily mount to the correct sight picture (see illustrations). For clay target shooters that utilize a pre-mounted gun (skeet, trap and sporting clays) the shotgun can be maneuvered in the shoulder pocket until the proper sight picture is attained prior to calling for the target. For the low mount shooter (FITASC and hunting) one can practice the gun mount using the mid-bead to verify proper sight picture and continue that practice grooming the ability to duplicate the mount with consistency.