The Making of a Master Gunner


Instinctive Shooting: The Making of a Master Gunner [Now Published in Hardcover]

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At long last the book is published as of July 9, 2013.  Order your copy today through Amazon or other retailers.

Learn to point and shoot like a pro.

Here, point and shoot.” These words from his father propelled Buz Fawcett’s shooting success as a child, gaining him a number of High Gun awards at local trap clubs by the time he was fourteen. Because of his success, his father awarded him his grandfather’s Model 1912 Winchester, which he mastered, even though it “kicked the whey” out of him.

However, his amazing shooting abilities as a kid didn’t follow him into adulthood. Fawcett entered into what he calls his “Dark Ages” of shooting after accepting an associate editor position at Sports Afield in New York City, where he had to read and edit what other gunmen were writing about shooting techniques. Eventually, he took a position as editor of Guns & Ammo magazine, located in California. He soon found himself in a position where he could shoot as much as he liked.

After a number of years and extensive research into shooting methods, Fawcett rediscovered his talents through a technique called “Instinctive Shooting.” This research and a lot of practice finally led to teaching a workshop on instinctive shooting to help others become adept at this miraculous “point and shoot” method. Instinctive Shooting is Fawcett’s guide for other gunmen, describing exactly how and what needs to be done to achieve the ultimate shooting instincts. Practical and hands-on, the book covers such topics as determining your dominant eye, achieving proper shotgun fit, how to correct point and shoot, selecting equipment, practice regimens, mounting, and much more.
150 color Illustrations

As the book was published as a hard cover, rather than a paperback as originally anticipated, the special edition leather copies did not come to fruition at this time.  We’ll post later if that becomes a possibility for graduates or others interested in a special edition.

Want to Join Us as a Master Gunner?

Want to shoot 75-98% of the targets that you see by the end of three days’ of side by side shooting classes?  Then you want to join the elite group of Master Gunners, what we have come to call the graduates of Buz Fawcett’s Wingshooting Workshop.  Want to revisit the Workshop and are already a graduate, or just visiting for the first time?  Want to learn how to shoot like the exhibition shooters of the past, then now is the time to preorder the book?


You already know I feel the large part of our brain is responsible for the attack response.  Consider the calculations involved in hitting a clay target.

Let’s say we’re going to launch a 108mm clay target off a 90-foot tower.  It will travel 60 mph out of the trap.  Forty yards away, it will have decelerated to 30 mph and have dropped 20 feet.  We will throw it at an angle of 167 degrees away from you.  Your assignment will be to determine the vector of 7/8ths of an ounce of shot from a 12-gauge shotgun at a velocity of 1270 fps through a barrel with .010-inch restriction.

I don’t know about you, but that target would be melted in the sun by the time I calculated the correct answer.  Even if we had a computer, the target would be on the ground before we could type in the data for calculation.

Yet the large part of your brain can figure the answer in thousandths of a second, even if the target size is changed, and it’s thrown in a different spot every time, at different speeds.  The brain can, that is, AS LONG AS THE CONSCIOUS MIND DOESN’T INTERFERE.

To keep from calling it the “Large Part of Your Brain” every time, I have nicknamed it simply, “The Predator.”   The Predator controls your brain whether it’s for wing shooting, sporting clays, upland shooting, the sporting range, or clay target shooting and  the side by side shotgun is our method of choice.

~Buz Fawcett

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