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Glenn Eller – The Shondell


I’m going to show you how to shoot a Shondell target. This target is, typically, a rabbit target thrown in an arc. The one we will be shooting today is at close range which presents new challenges. The main thing is to keep a fast gun, and look at the front edge of the target. I will demonstrate the three different presentations that you would, normally, see on a sporting clays course. 




The first presentation which is most typical on a sporting clays course is a quartering away presentation. Here the target is past you before you can acquire it. So, here, I will look for the apex of the target which is it’s highest point of trajectory. I will wait until it passes the apex, and then I will shoot at the bottom leading edge of the bird. The lead on this target will vary widely based on speed and distance, but the approach will still be the same. 




The second presentation is when the Shondell is crossing directly in front of you. I will shoot this target at its apex holding on the front edge. What makes this target so difficult is how close it is to you. You must have tremendous gun speed, look at the front edge, and trust your gun. Notice my body, I’m setup very square to the flight path, in order, to shoot the target directly in front of me. Typically on this shot, you don’t have time to shoot it before this point, and you don’t want to let it get past you. 




The last presentation is when the Shondell is quartering towards you. This is a window shot that you normally encounter when the bird is crossing too close for it to be consistently hit. This will also allow you time to hit the second target of a true pair. In this method, I will shoot the target before it’s apex, while it is still rising, looking at the top leading edge. I will start with my gun mounted because I don’t have time to let the target develop.





As you can see, two pellets are not enough to break a Rabbit target, so hold points are crucial. When it’s quartering away, you need to be on the bottom leading edge. When it’s directly crossing, you need to be on the front leading edge, and when it’s quartering towards you, you need to be on the top leading edge.

Until next time, Stay Army Strong.




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