What is the Sighting Plane on a Shotgun?

The sighting plane on a shotgun refers to the imaginary line that connects the front sight, rear sight, and the shooter’s eye. When properly aligned, this sighting plane helps the shooter aim accurately at the target. Unlike rifles or handguns that have physical sights attached to the barrel, shotguns typically rely on a bead or fiber-optic sight at the front of the barrel. The alignment of this sight with the shooter’s eye and a consistent cheek weld on the stock determines the sighting plane.

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Shotguns: Fluorescent Beads vs. Metal Beads

Shotguns are a popular choice for hunting enthusiasts and sport shooters alike. When it comes to enhancing the accuracy and aiming of shotguns, many gun owners opt for the use of beads. Beads are small, often spherical objects that are placed at the front end of a shotgun’s barrel. They act as a visual reference point, aiding the shooter in aligning the target. Two popular types of beads used in shotguns are fluorescent beads and metal beads. In this article, we will compare the two options and discuss their pros and cons.

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