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Updated by Kyle Hunt on May 17, 2013
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4 Ways to Eliminate Shotgun Shoulder Bruising

A black and blue shoulder after shooting is an indication you're either doing something wrong or you just bruise easily. Don't give up. Shooting a gun is another one of the many outdoor activities in Utah to enjoy in the summer time. Try the four tips below to keep your shoulder safe from recoil kicks and maximize your gun expertise.

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Keep the gun firmly against your body

Keep the gun firmly against your body

Shotguns pack a heavy punch, the key to minimizing the impact is eliminating space between the butt of the gun and your shoulder. It should be placed firmly in the fleshy area before your shoulder and below your collarbone.

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Get a recoil pad

Get a recoil pad

Several manufacturer's make pads to help ease the pressure between the gun butt and your shoulder. It's a soft bumper designed to attach to the back of the shotgun. The material helps absorb some of the kick, making it more comfortable to shoot.

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Practice the perfect stance

Practice the perfect stance

Practice will eventually make perfect, but eventually you can find the perfect stance for you. To start, make sure your body is squarely facing the target. Next, always keep one foot in front of the other and lean in to the shot. Leaning towards your target slightly will help absorb some of the kick.

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Shoot more

Shoot more

Like a lot of other recreational activities (weightlifting, climbing, playing guitar) your body will adapt to the increased action. When consistently weightlifting, climbing or playing guitar, a person's hands become callused to adjust to the activity. Shooting shotguns isn't much different. Although it may be painful at first, your body will eventually adjust to your new found hobby to make it more comfortable.

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