Fitasc is held in high regard and one of the hardest disciplines, on a 100 bird competition the shooter will be challenged with 80 combinations of shots from singles to report pairs or a rafale double. The shooter may only have one shot at a target and they need to be confident in their gun, cartridges and their eyes as there won’t be a chance to work out what has gone wrong. The SP has been developed to help the gun down shot, with nothing else able to support the gun down shooter with eye issues the SP has a unique place in the market. If you are looking to get some consistency in your shooting then the SP may be the answer.
Using the SP
Fitasc rules state the top of the comb line must be 25 cm below a line on the shoots chest, this is something that was considered during the SP development and a key advantage of the SP.
The gun down position on the side of the gun is perfect for Fitasc, the hold during set up will give a natural time during the set up to become aware of the SP.
The SP will be visible throughout the setup and hold before calling “Pull” the focus must be on the clay, the shooter must only be aware of the SP during the setup– its job is to help the eye over the rib to make the shot and to control any dominance issues
The general fitting guide should be followed.
The Gun down style allows the SP to be seen from the ready position so lots of time to guide the eye, as the mount is performed it will typically disappear from view (don’t check as you will miss!). This is fine as the gun will have been positioned and the shot will be successful if the lead and technique are correct. The shooter should only make sure they are aware of the SP in their peripheral vision during the hold or ready position then they can move all focus to the clay target.
Hints and Tips
Have you been occluding vision or closing an eye, hold points will differ potentially once the eye is opened and the target is seen earlier. Ask someone to watch what you are doing and if you are shooting in front.
Full focus must be on the target the SP is simply gaining the attention of the eye to ensure the shot picture is from the correct eye, it is neither a bead or a sight and you should only be aware of it before calling pull – once the bird is called for focus fully on the target
Always ensure you are aware of the SP – shooters often get overconfident and forget to check the SP is in their peripheral vision this will then lead to your problems returning – the fix is easy, simple ensure after loading and setting for the shot the SP is in your peripheral vision – its that simple.
In extreme cases of cross dominance shooters can’t even see the SP eventhough it’s visible to the eye – in this case, wink the opposite eye briefly before you start the set up (ensuring the SP is in vision to the eye over the rib) this will allow the eye to see it and this will then mean you can continue two eyes open in your normal set up.