Churchill Shooting

Churchill shooting is an instinctive method that relies on sharp focus on the target and allowing your eyes and hands to naturally move the gun where it needs to be. It is not complicated, there are no calculations for forward allowance or muzzle displacement and you can achieve good results with any style of shotgun. The key is in the correct gun mounting, focusing your eyes on the rib of the barrels and aligning this with the extended finger, then simply firing naturally.


Churchillian shooting is an instinctive, practical method that works for all types of game bird and rabbits, with any style of shotgun. It uses no specialized sights and requires no extra effort to aim or shoot. This is because the Churchill method places you in a position of maximum control over the shotgun with the barrels pointed directly at the target, making it easier to use a short sight radius (as opposed to one that is angled down).

The author, Robert Churchill (1886-1915), was born in London and had his uncle E.J. teach him all he knew about gunsmithing and gunmaking. He became known worldwide for his expertise in firearms ballistics, testifying as an expert witness in countless court cases brought by Scotland Yard. He also ran a successful wingshooting school, based on his experiences on the grouse moors and driven game estates of England.

Churchill favored the Thompson machine gun, a popular weapon at the time, and is depicted in many photographs with this type of firearm. Adolf Hitler disliked Churchill with a ferocity that exceeded even his hatred of the British Empire, and it is said that the German leader saw Churchill as a clone of the stereotype American gangster.

During the Boer War, Churchill escaped captivity using a discreetly concealed handgun. After escaping from his guards, a sympathizer provided him with a revolver that could be easily hidden in his clothing. He kept this weapon until his death, and it was part of his estate when sold at auction in 2002.


Churchill’s “essential truths” are timeless and can be applied to any type of shooting. In an age when so many people are going down the rabbit hole of endlessly trying to find the next gimmick in target engagement, it is important to remember that the world will continue to spin and the planets to revolve around the sun, you must apply your sharp visual focus to the moving target and then allow the gun to move where it needs to be — naturally. If you keep these simple fundamentals in mind, you will always be a good shot. Churchill shooting

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