Handgun

Comparing GoPro to ShotKam
How to Break Incoming Pair
The 4 Shooting Techniques
15 Stations of Sporting Clays (Unedited)
Shooting Mistakes to Avoid
Aiming vs Leading
Look What You Can Do with ShotKam
National Sporting Clays Champion
15 Stations of Sporting Clays
How to Break Incoming Pair
How to Improve Your Shooting
15 Stations of Sporting Clays (Unedited)
15 Stations of Sporting Clays
Shooting from Different Distances
Breaking 20 Targets
Sporting Clays | Filmed with ShotKam

Rifle

Shooting with Increasing Handicap (16 to 27 Yards)
Shooting Doubles at all 5 Stations
Trap Doubles Compilation - Made by “Squad Ready”
Olympic Trap Compilation - Made by “Hunting & Clay Shooting”
Hold Points - Made by Go Shooting
Olympic Trap by World Record Holder
Trap Shooting—27 Yard Handicap Line
Station 2—Analysis of 5 Missed Targets
Station 1—Analysis of 5 Missed Targets
Trap Doubles: Two Pairs From Every Station
Trap Single - 5 Stations

Tactical Shotgun

How to Shoot Station 4
Skeet Shooting—All 8 Stations
Final Score: 17 out of 25 (Unedited Round)
American Skeet - Made by Go Shooting
Station 8 Shooting Tips
Station 7 Shooting Tips
How to Shoot Station 6
How to Shoot Station 2
How to Shoot Station 1
Skeet Shooting | Filmed with ShotKam

From ShotKam Community

Better Shotgun Shooting with ShotKam Camera? | Gould Brothers
GHILLIE SUIT GOOSE HUNT CHALLENGE!! (Insane Results)
Red Stag Hunt in Poland
ShotKam Review
Pigeon shooting, ShotKam, Enforcer Decoys
Getting to the Top in Trap: ShotKam with Chris Batha
Superb Irish driven pheasant shooting - Fieldsports Ireland, episode 4
7 SHELL CHALLENGE!!! PIGEON SHOOT WITH SHOTKAM
Bird Hunting Compilation by Bobby Guy
Learning How To Shoot Skeet with ShotKam

Teaching Archive

The Mental Game of Shooting

Clay shooting, at a high level, is a game of prepositioning, moving your gun to some distance in front of the clay, and pulling the trigger at the right time and point in space. It might be intimidating to think about the physics of breaking a clay target, but much like catching a baseball, shooting is almost completely subconscious.  Every clay shooter understands the difference between feeling a connection to the bird, and a sense of discomfort when they are too far in front. It can be frustrating and almost confusing to put the same shot on a bird twice and get different results. Unlike most other sports that require strength and specific technique, shooting sports require a bit of hand-eye coordination and an incredible amount of mental fortitude.  With regard to the needed hand-eye-coordination, shooting can be compared to catching a ball. Catching a tennis ball is easy until you think about how you are catching the ball, where your hand is, when to close your grip, and how to move your hand so that it doesn’t bounce right out. In the same way, shooting just requires the human instinct to focus only on the object, and let our subconscious put our hands where they need to be. While it can be paralleled to catching a ball, sporting clays do have an additional element when a 12 Gauge Shotgun goes off which your reflex will want to make you flinch. This jolt added to the coordination required takes you into a new space of concentration, coordination, and attenuation of a reflex. However, if you want to become better at shooting, any pro will tell you that the only thing holding you back is your mental game. This, my friends, is the most difficult and intimidating area of your game to improve upon because it is personal, exhausting, and very difficult to diagnose. Not everyone can score a goal, spike a volleyball, or serve a tennis ball, but I guarantee that everyone has the instinctive ability to break any clay. Prepositioning and transitioning to a point in front of a clay target is technical; and although the techniques to do so are not necessarily needed, they can be learned. Making a move on a bird, establishing a connection, and pulling the trigger are all aspects of the game that are hardcoded into our natural instincts. If you approach the bird with trust, patience, confidence, emotional control, and focus, you will accomplish the steps above much more consistently.  Clay pigeon shooting is a game of consistently putting your subconscious in the best position to break a bird. When you successfully shoot a clay, it is not by your own knowledge of positioning that you broke the bird. A dead bird is always credited to your subconscious and its world-class ability to put your gun where it needed to be.      The best method is to create a practice plan that will teach you how to focus on your mental strength and elevate your game, unlocking the consistency that separates every successful athlete from those left behind. The Venn Diagram above can be used to outline your practice plan. Taking a pencil and paper, you can rate your trust, patience, confidence, emotional control, and focus according to how strong you are in those areas. Some circles will be bigger and some will be smaller; the junction of all of them is how big your consistency is.  Go to the range and work on growing each circle by 1%. In order to be more consistent in shooting, the center circle must get bigger, the only way to do this is by strengthening all of your circles. Having strengths only in trust and confidence will not increase your consistency if you are still lacking focus or emotional control. You can work on your patience or focus, making those circles bigger and stronger, and increase your consistency that way, but the best way to make real progress is to work hard on all areas of the mental game. Using a barrel camera like the ShotKam can highlight any areas for improvement and give you concrete evidence on how to increase your consistency. The ShotKam mounts directly to your barrel (allowing for varying action of shotguns), and thanks to its patented reticle alignment system, you can calibrate the crosshair to the bead of your gun so you can trace every movement in your videos. By frequently rewatching your videos (both the hit and missed targets), the ShotKam can actually help train your subconscious brain on where to put the muzzle. Either on Trap shooting, challenging yourself with Skeet shooting where the mental game takes you to the next level or Sporting clays with multiple directions will be the most challenging. The journey can take you from recreational to competitive depending on what's offered in some shooting clubs. Using the shooting plan alongside the ShotKam Camera is a simple yet highly effective way to get closer to mastering the mental game of any shooting sport. Finding the intersection of trust, patience, confidence, emotional control, and focus is what keeps the love of the sport alive in all of us. 

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Introduction to Clay Shooting

In sporting clay shooting, the mental game manifests itself in trust, patience, confidence, emotional control, focus, and consistency. Sure, it does also have to do with a 12 Gauge Shotgun and a clay target too. You might be starting off with Trap shooting with some sporting clay courses, and if you are ready to elevate your game to Skeet shooting or Sporting clays your mental game will be crucial to be mastered. Trust In shooting, trusting yourself is trusting your subconscious. As the instinctual side of our brain is rarely exercised day-to-day, trusting oneself is often difficult and uncomfortable for new shooters. When a masterclass instructor advises you to shoot ‘carefree’, they typically mean to rely on your subconscious rather than overthinking. Let me explain why this is required of shooters. In most other sports, successful athletes learn a new skill by being taught a move, repeating it many times, and hopefully ingraining it into their muscle memory. The newly discovered skill becomes a reaction rather than a decision. This training style works for most sports because a precise formula of actions is usually needed to achieve a specific goal or play. For example, a professional soccer player is considered elite primarily because of the arsenal of athletic moves and strategies they possess for getting past defenders. Thanks to muscle memory and honed instincts, an experienced soccer player applies the relevant skill for a specific situation in a split second.   Adapting the same skill development process and applying it to shooting is often key to success. The only learned skills to be repeated are before the breakpoint. Although there are many methods of approaching the bird – swing through, sustained lead, diminishing lead, and so on – these moves do not equate to hitting the clay. Beginners might think the way to shoot successfully lies in complex calculations of spatial awareness and lead time. However, practicing these methods puts your subconscious mind in the position to do the work for you. That is what separates shooting from all other sports. The best shooters are not concerned with repeating the exact same barrel movement between the first and the third pair; their goal is to repeat the same move towards the bird because it gives their subconscious the best chance of analyzing and moving their hands in the correct position, which changes with every pair due to changing focus, visibility, wind, etc. To try harder is to trust that you will never be more knowledgeable than the tool that is your subconscious mind.  Focusing on the bird allows your subconscious awareness of the barrel to move your hips, shoulders, hands and barrel exactly where it needs to be in front of the bird. Although uncomfortable at first, sustained practice will allow you to test your instincts and eventually learn to trust them. I believe this is the first and most important discipline for a shooter to learn. Do not be fooled to think that your conscious analysis, timing, and lead will ever outperform your subconscious instincts on when and where to take the shot. Although you cannot command your instincts to repeat themselves, time and practice will prove that relying on instinct yields better results than over-analysis.   Patience Patience is another practice that aids in learning to trust your subconscious - practicing patience when shooting is crucial because it makes the shooter consistent, smooth, and quick. Hold point and break point placement are my metrics for patience because they reflect the shooter’s mental strength. Those two points (hold and break) should never be too far apart (let’s say the distance between should be no more than 10% to 50% of the flight path, depending on the two extremes of slow and fast targets, with the average being no more than 20% of the clay’s flight) or else too many thoughts start to creep into your head. The impatient shooter has a tendency to “ride” the bird, which suggests that they are focused hard on the bird for far too much time before the clay approaches the breakpoint, and they follow it for the majority of its flight. Why is more time on the clay a bad thing? How is that not a patient shooter? After explaining what the hold-point and break-point relationship should look like, I will answer these questions.  One of the best ways to minimize errors is by reducing your movement. Cut out the muzzle flip and the out-of-control movements. It takes much more skill and effort to develop a consistent shooting style with so many moving parts. To reduce the movement and thus, the error, shorten your time on the target. Establish your breakpoint, and don’t move your hold point too far back from there. Determine when you want to make your move and adjust your hold point according to your shooting style. If you shoot swing through, adjust your hold point to where you want to start your committed move. If you shoot diminishing lead, adjust your hold point as close as you comfortably can to the breakpoint. If you shoot sustained lead, adjust your hold point to somewhere between where the two points previously described would have been. A hold point too far back indicates an impatient shooter who wants more time to think about the lead rather than react to the bird.  Hold fast, and do not backtrack your hold point once the clay has been launched. This tendency is especially apparent when reviewing ShotKam videos because your gun follows your shoulder, your shoulders follow your head, and your head points to your focus. Many shooters call “pull” and move their gun in the negative direction from the hold point, so then they are left to play catch-up with more movement than was needed. The more time you spend focused on the bird, the more gun movement and over-analyzing thoughts will follow. For instance, when you approach a “big bird” station, do not be concerned with what the bird is doing when it is launched from 120 yards away. It takes one glance for you to know exactly where that target will be in 5 seconds. This style of clay is a common mind trick set by trappers. They want you to watch the bird for a long time, and experience tells us that when you can watch a clay for a long time, it is usually a slower one requiring less lead, which is not always true. You need the patience to focus on the bird only when you are ready to shoot, and your subconscious can analyze the required lead without your conscious brain saying, “I think this needs less lead than I would have given it.” Your instinct works far better than anything you can learn yourself. A patient shooter waits for the right time to focus on the bird, reduces barrel movement, and trusts their subconscious to get the job done.  Here is a helpful YouTube video which shows leading targets at different distances:

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Trade-in Program Canada

Step 1: Confirm you are eligible All 1st and 2nd Generation ShotKams are eligible for our trade-in program. To determine your ShotKam model, please refer to this article: What ShotKam model do I have? If you are unsure of your ShotKam model, please email us at Support@ShotKam.com with a photo of the back face of your ShotKam Camera with the rear screw-on cap removed.  Step 2: Your trade-in value By trading in your old unit, you would get our new 3rd Generation ShotKam for just C$549 (compared to C$849) with free 3-day international shipping to Canada. All taxes already included. Step 3: Mailing in your old ShotKam  To proceed with the trade-in, please email us for our Return & Repair Facility shipping address. You may print out and complete our Return Authorization Form. Then, package the following at your convenience:  Your 1st or 2nd Generation ShotKam: camera tube only (NO brackets, hard case, or accessories please) - a piece of bubble wrap/newspaper is enough padding. Printed and completed Return Authorization Form inside the package.  Ensure your name is on the outside of the package and we will contact you as soon as we process your unit for trade-in.     FAQ: Do you have other Return Center locations? No, we only have one Return Center, located in Florida, USA. We do not have any international centers, but gladly accept packages from most countries.    Do I need proof of purchase to trade-in? No, you do not need proof of purchase to proceed with our trade-in program. We accept all older units back for upgrades.   How long does the trade-in process take? Once we've received your old unit and you've completed your trade-in purchase, we will fulfill your new 3rd Generation ShotKam order within 1 business day.    I've changed my mind. Can I get my old unit back? No, all trade-in transactions are final. Once we've received your old unit and completed your upgrade, we cannot send your old unit back to you.   

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Warranty

30-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you are not 100% satisfied, we're happy to help you return or exchange your purchase. Contact us within 30 days of receiving your order, then we will email you the steps for a full refund.* Any items damaged due to reasons not covered under warranty cannot be accepted back for refund under our Money Back Guarantee. NOTE: This guarantee only applies to orders placed on ShotKam’s webstore at shotkam.com. * Associated shipping fees are not refundable.   How to Return for Refund:  Request a Return Authorization Form by emailing Support@shotkam.com or messaging us through our Contact Us website form.   Two (2) Year Warranty: If any technical issue arises within two years of purchase, we will repair or replace your camera free of charge. The warranty is non-transferable and remains solely with the original buyer. It does not transfer if the camera is sold to a new buyer. In addition to the "Warranty Details" below, ShotKam may restrict warranty services when damage is caused by abnormal usage or water damage when the rear cap was not on (water can enter through USB port). This warranty does NOT cover any camera that has been either: Disassembled (e.g. removal of front lens cap or back green lock ring). Altered, repaired, or modified. Damaged or destroyed by accidents or similar events or by any intentional, reckless, or negligent acts or omissions of any party.     Warranty Details: Do not attempt to repair or modify the ShotKam Camera yourself. Disassembling the ShotKam Camera will void your warrant. This includes removing the front lens or the rear colorful metal ring that securely keeps the PCB inside the metal tubing. The only removable piece is the rear screw-on cap. ShotKam LLC (“Manufacturer”) warrants to the original end user (“Purchaser”) that for 2 years from delivery date (“Warranty Period”) the ShotKam camera (excluding any third party software) and accessories (“Product”) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship when properly installed and used for its intended purpose and in its intended operating environment. In the event of a defect, return the Product to the Manufacturer, but only after instructed to do so by Manufacturer. Email ShotKam LLC at support@shotkam.com for a Return Authorization Form. Purchaser shall ship and bear the cost of shipping the Product to Manufacturer, and Manufacturer shall bear the cost of shipping the Product back to Purchaser (after the completion of service under this limited warranty). Purchaser’s exclusive remedy and Manufacturer’s entire liability under this warranty will be for Manufacturer at its option to repair or replace the Product or refund purchase price less any rebates. Manufacturer does not warrant against loss of any data (including data stored on Product returned to Manufacturer for service), and assumes no liability for such loss. Manufacturer does not warrant against barrel damage. Purchaser must ensure the bracket's rubber pads are flush against the barrel as this will avoid any marks on the barrel. Do not remove or bend the rubber pads on the mount. Purchaser assumes all liability, and as such releases Manufacturer from any liability, for any accident, injury, damage, death, loss, illegal activity or any other claim that may occur resulting from or during use of the Product, whether or not such use is foreseeable by Manufacturer.

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