|| "a custom fitted gun
is the pre-requisite to achieving a shooter's full
potential" - chris batha
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Q: What is a try gun?
A: The try-gun,
invented by W.P. Jones in the 19th century, is a gun with a stock
that can be adjusted for length, cast and bend or drop. When used
in conjunction with the pattern plate it enables the fitter to make
a series of alterations to achieve perfect fit. Once the fit is obtained
at the pattern plate, the try gun can be shot on moving targets, where
comfort and accuracy can be double-checked.
|Q: How are guns altered to make them fit?
A: Once accurate sets of measurements are
taken from the try gun the measurements can be taken to a competent
gunsmith. By using heat and oil - or, very rarely, steam - the gunsmith
bends or shapes the gun to the desired dimensions, and the adding
or reduction to the stock easily achieves length.
Q: What are the gunfitters’ measurements?
A: Drop: The measurement from a parallel
line taken from the rib of the gun to the stock at the comb and
Length: Taken from the trigger (the front one on a double triggered
gun) to the end of the stock at heel, middle and toe.
Cast: taken from a vertical line through the center of the heel
of the stock and measured against a straight edge from the rib,
at the heel and toe. (A special tool called a “banjo”
is usually used for this important measurement.)
|Q: What are my cross-eyed dominance options?
A: If you are cross dominant, that
is, you shoot off the shoulder opposite your dominant eye, you will
need to close the dominant eye or obscure it in some way when shooting.
A patch or an opaque lens on a pair of shooting glasses will do the
job just fine. The failure to cover the dominant eye will result in
your missing the target two to four feet to one side. If it is at
all possible, you should learn to shoot off the shoulder of the dominant
eye. If the desire is great, it is possible to convert successfully,
even later in life.
This article first appeared under the title:
“Good Fitting Guns are the First Place to Start” by Chris
Batha, in “The Grouse Point Almanac”, Summer, 2002