Winter 2019

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30 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2019 THE FIELD C OAC H K ELV IE'S C ORNER 3 TYPES OF SHOTGUNS WHICH SHOTGUN STYLE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? by JASON KELVIE illustrations by TOM RICHMOND Have you ever walked past the gun rack only to notice that you rarely find two shotguns that look the same? While there are a variety of brands, colors and sizes of shotguns, there are three main types of shotgun designs: pump-action, semi-automatic and break-action. PUMP-ACTION Pump-action shotguns—aka "pumps"— have been a reliable tool for hunters and clay target shooters for decades, and they're a common option for clay target athletes in the League. Pump shotguns rely on the athlete to manually load and unload the shot- gun using a manual forward and back- ward motion of the forearm to cycle a shell. Sliding the forearm back towards the athlete opens up the chamber and allows for a shell to be loaded, while bringing the forearm forward away from the athlete closes the action, securing the round is in the chamber and making it ready to be fired. SEMI-AUTOMATIC Another type of shotgun widely used by League athletes is the semi-auto- matic shotgun. Popular for both hunt- ing and clay target sports, semi-auto- matic shotguns—sometimes referred to as "auto-loaders"—are a style of shotgun that rely on either the gasses released from a fired shell, or the iner- tia (force) of firing a shell, to cycle the action and eject the spent casing. This allows the athlete to cycle multiple rounds without having to manually open and close the action of the shot- gun during each shot when participat- ing in multi-target clay target sports like skeet. Semi-automatic shotguns also tend to have less recoil because some of the energy from each shell is spent moving the action back and forth, while the rest escapes through the end of the barrel. A JA S O N K E LV I E / U S A H S C T L C OAC H ED U C AT I O N A N D S U P P O R T M A N AG ER T H ER E I S N OT A S I N G L E S H OTG U N T Y P E TH AT IS BEST FO R E V ERYO NE. C O NSID ER YO U R P ER S O N A L P R EF ER EN C ES A N D C O N S U LT W I T H YO U R C OAC H . TIPS

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