How many times have you been shooting and someone has helpfully observed “you were behind that one”? It is a useful observation up to a point, but most birds are actually missed because you are off the line of flight, rather than behind. The problem is usually your swing and it can often be very difficult to tell exactly what you’re doing wrong.
Thanks to modern technology however, help is now at hand. One of our club members recently brought his latest gadget, the ShotKam, down to Hau Ora Clay Target Shooting to try it out and see how it can help improve his shooting. The results were impressive. The Shotkam is an entirely self-contained camera system, which mounts under the barrel of a shotgun. It records a slowed down video of the clay target or bird, but most importantly places an orange dot at the point in the image where the gun is pointing. When a shot is fired it clips the video 2 seconds before and after the shot and stores it in the on-board memory.
This enables you to see how you swing the gun through the target, the line you are following relative to the target and the lead at the point you pull the trigger. The video shows any errors in technique very clearly and during our test we identified a see-sawing of the gun when it was being mounted, which was throwing the shot off line and causing a miss above.
The unit weighs about 400g so tends to change the balance of the gun somewhat and it isn’t really suitable for side by sides. The benefits however are considerable. If you want to record that high pheasant or 60 yard duck or pigeon for posterity, this is a must have. Just don’t forget to turn it on when you start shooting…