* Point a shotgun. Pull the trigger.
* Aim a rifle. Squeeze the trigger.
12.15 Shotgun Shooting
A shotgun is pointed at the target, not aimed like a rifle. Most shotgun targets move quickly, so it is necessary to point ahead of the target
. This is called leading your target. The drawing shows an example of "leading" and proper follow through.
Leading the Target
The two most common methods of leading targets at long distances are swing-through and sustained lead.
Point your shotgun at a moving target and swing with it. Increase the speed of the gun so that the muzzle passes the target and then fire. In other words, literally “swing through” the target and fire at a blank space in front of the target. Swing-through is the best technique for the beginning student.
This method is a little more challenging because it requires more experience. You estimate the length of the lead necessary to hit the target and maintain that lead as you swing with the target, fire, and continue the swing.
Snap-shooting is a technique to use if you must make a quick shot and the target is straight ahead at close range. You simply raise the shotgun and point where you think the target will be when the shot arrives
As borrowed via GIS from the CA Dept. of Fish & Game