Sometimes those few seconds you save add up.
As you shoot more competition, you start to find ways to try to shave a few precious seconds anywhere you can. Sometimes, those seconds can mean the difference between coming in first or second. Faster or smoother reloads, starting from low ready, even moving your holster up an inch can give you that extra second you need.
In this video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Mark Hanish of Team FNH USA shows us a tip on how to save a second on every stage that allows the competitor to start from the Port Arms position with a shotgun.
In 3-Gun competition, transitioning quickly from weapon platform to weapon platform is a key skill to master for saved time. By using this tip, you can shave off a lot of time when using the shotgun. Remember, this only works when using the Port Arms position with a shotgun.
With practice, you may be able to use this with a rifle but that is up to you. At your next 3-Gun competition, try this technique and see if it helps. Remember, you need to practice this and try it before you can say whether it works of not for you and you need to decide if any technique will work for your shooting style.