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Gun Fitting


Watch our Gun Fitting video from our Try & Buy Day at Hexton Estate


Successful shooting at game birds or clay pigeons depends on a number of factors. These include such issues as consistently correct gun mount (vital before any attempt can be made to fit a gun), foot positioning, weight distribution, head positioning and last, but by no means least, a correctly fitting gun.



The importance of a correctly fitting gun cannot be over emphasised. A well fitted gun will handle better in all circumstances and requires less body adaptation to achieve a successful shot. Generally only exceptional shots can consistently shoot well with an incorrectly fitting gun. For the rest of us, we need all the help we can get! The basis of good gun fitting lies in a combination of experience by the fitter, along with expert use of the try-gun, without which it will be impossible to successfully achieve a satisfactory result.


A try-gun is used to determine three sets of measurements – those of length, bend or drop, and cast (either on or off). All these measurements are needed if a new gun is being made, or an existing gun is to be restocked. One or more will be needed if an existing stock is to be altered to fit you properly.

Made to measure shotguns
Made to measure shotguns


William Powell are proud to work with the Country’s finest gun fitters. Please phone us on 01295 661035 for more details. The cost of a gun fitting including tuition costs £360 for a two hour session plus cartridges and clays but this is invaluable and money very well spent.