Back during the Cold War, America fought with the Soviet Union about most things, including about who could win the most medals at the Olympics Games.
As part of USSR’s attempt to beat at trap and skeet shooting, the country developed several shotguns for Soviet shooters. The most successful design was a plainer version of the OU you see here. With that gun, the Soviet shooters crushed other shooters at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games and piled on more medals in subsequent competitions through the 1970s.
Mechanically, the OU pictured here is the same gun those Soviet shooters used. I’ve shot one just like it many times, and I can tell you it’s a fantastic target gun. While it’s heavy (like a target gun should be), it handles well and is a pleasure to shoot. It smashes clays, too.
Being an American, I grew up thinking there were some things I just knew how to do: skip a rock across a pond, spit, shoot a shotgun.
Of course, I wasn’t born knowing how to do any of these things. And when it came to shotguns, it took me a while to realize I didn’t know the first thing about shooting them.
Even though this video is called Smooth and Consistent Shotgun Mount – Sporting Clays Tip it’s really about picking up targets and getting in front of them, and breaking more clays (or dropping more birds). It takes a bit to get going, but the animation in the middle is worth checking out.
Here’s another shooting video I came across. In this one, you can really see the shot cloud moving through the target. Check out how the shooters follow through with the swings, too. They know what they’re doing.
Ever wonder what a cloud of shot looks like in the air? Or how recoild impacts your gun and you body? Check out this video to learn more about both. A few things that caught my eye:
-The way the shot cloud leaves the cup
-The way the recoil rolls through the shooters body
-At :56 and 1:35, how the toplever on the shotgun moves with each shot. That can’t be good for the gun.
There are lot of superstitions, fairy tales and just plain non-sense in the world of shotgun shooting. If you spend any time on a skeet field or a clays course, you’ll heard plenty of it.
Writer Laurie Hart has heard plenty of it, too. In the piece excerpted below, she calls a few of them out. Click through and read the entire piece for her explanation of why each myth and misconception is pure BS.