My ITHACA (the only 12 that I own at this time) is basically "box stock" with the exception of the DSPS Police/Riot barrel. Factory wood stock & forend. Oh...and I did have the stock shorted a bit and made up the length difference with a rubber recoil pad. Noting special about that...just rubber. There are better ones available these days but, I don't see any real need to fit a more recent one.
I shoot mine basically the same as Haught but, a bit more forward and some bend to the knees to facilitate movement.
I have used the Push/Pull for a long time now since it pretty much eliminates muzzle rise which really increases speed.
When I learned it...it was called Dynamic Tension and I shoot my handguns the same way (w/ Dynamic Tension) but, with a crush grip.
I work out weekly with the GripMaster Extra Heavy so my "crush" grip is truly a crushing grip these days. :biggrin2:
As said above make sure you are pulling it tight to your shoulder , seems that is the biggest mistake by first timers. I have the 500 and my twelve can shoot it without getting bruised now, but yes indeed it took some practice and lots of reminders on holding it tight.
Ha, if you didn't like shooting 2 3/4 then imagine what the larger loads feel like. I shot some 3" slugs and buckshot and it was no fun at all. IMO, 2 3/4 slugs and buck were a blast! My m590a1 is accurate with slugs out to 100 yards. Like a few have mentioned, keep the stock tight against your shoulder. It WILL make a difference. ENJOY.
I have a Mossberg 590 Unmodified. It has a thick rubber butt pad, but, other then that, its as is. This is the way I like it though, It hurt like hell the first few times but you do get used to it after a while. I practice shooting both left and right sides. and lastly, I practice with Winchester 2 3/4 extra light loads. I could go stronger, sure, but im using the practice time to emphasize aiming, technique and accuracy. I usually finish up with 00 Buck, or similar, to remind myself how much of a punch a 12 ga; has...
...and I enjoy the bag factor too. Heh.
Ive never done skeet or trap shooting, I am gonna do that soon to round things out.
I would suggest trying one of the low recoil buckshot loads made specifically for home/personal defense.
Look at SGAmmo.com shotgun loads.
Recoil pad and practice your shoulder learns to get used to it. We shoot alot of clays before dove season each year my shoulder is always sore the next morning after not shooting but after a couple practice sessions its unnoticable (keep in mind this is with target loads not slugs, slugs are to expensive for me to practice with much, try buck shot)
I'm going to bet that you're letting the butt of the gun slap your shoulder. Sometimes when you're not used to a new type of weapon, as I was when I bought my Mosin Nagant, you'll shoulder it improperly and let it slap you.
Shotguns, generally speaking, are the most unforgiving in regards to improper or a bad technique.
There is a lot of great advice given. Find someone to show you how to shoot it, tailor you ammunition to your requirements, use the technique that was shown in the video. It is always good to use the same method for shooting, if it works, for multiple firearms.
Invest in a few boxes of AA skeet, low base shotgun shells. Use these to practice technique with. It will be a lot cheaper and less painful on your body than OO buck or slugs.
QK my first duty shotgun was a box stock Ithaca DSPS with rifled sights. I carried that shotgun for years. Kicked like a mule but always worked. I will find another one someday.
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