Ultimate Practice Shooting System Reviews

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Dry Fire practice with a shotgun works. It smoothes out your gun mount and keeps your eye-hand coordination sharp. Given the price of targets, ammunition, fuel and time to get to the gun club, dry firing is cost-effective, too.

I have written before about using a MiniMaglite in your barrel ($15) and about the Dry Fire simulator ($1150). Lately I have been fooling around with the Ulimate Practice Shooting System from Robert Louis, which is about halfway between the two in price ($479), and about halfway between them technologically. A Maglite just shines a continuous beam; the Dry Fire gives you all kinds of feedback about each shot and simulates trapshooting extremely well. The UPSS lets you trigger a laser beam at a moving dot.

The UPSS has two main components. The first is the Laser Shooter, which slides into the bore of your gun and centers perfectly. A wire connects the laser to the trigger. When you touch the trigger, the laser projects a dot. Used by itself, the laser is an easy way to check gun fit and to practice your mount by focusing on an object on the opposite wall, mounting the gun and hitting the trigger as the butt comes to your shoulder.

The Laser Pro is the other half of the system. It projects one or two red dots on a wall, either as left to right or right to left crossers, or you can angle it to give you quartering targets. You can vary the speed of the dots, too. It sets up in almost any room and lets you shoot at moving dots until your arms get sore. The dots don’t react when you hit them, but it doesn’t really matter. The dot from your muzzle shows you where you’re shooting and you can tell if you would have hit the target as you practice your swing. It’s great for keeping in touch with your gun in the off-season and between trips to the range.

As good as dry fire practice is for experienced shooters, it’s even better for beginners. There’s no noise, no recoil and none of the anxiety and over-excitement that comes from shooting live ammunition. A simulator helps new shooters understand how a gun has to move to intercept a target, as well as the importance of keeping their head on the gun so it shoots where they look.

For instance, I have been trying to teach the mother of one of the kids on our trap team how to shoot this summer. It has been a challenge to say the least. Her head would move all over the stock so she rarely shot in the same place twice. We had four lessons, and if threw 50 targets for her, she might hit somewhere between one and four of them.

So, rather than have her keep on missing targets and getting frustrated, I tried a different approach. I gave her the laser out of the kit, and told her to take it home and practice for ten minutes a day for two weeks, until she got her head on the stock consistently.

Two weeks went by and we had another lesson.

Me: “Did you practice with your laser every night?”

Her: “No.”

Me: “Did you practice at all?”

Her: “No.”

I gave her a five minute indoor lesson. First I had her pick a point on the wall and shoot the laser at it until the gun hit where she looked. Then I turned on the Laser Pro and had her shoot a few left to right and right to left targets.

After that we shot at real targets. She crushed the very first one and probably broke 20 out of 50 and, while she already thought shooting was fun, she thought it was really fun now that she was hitting targets. I sent her home with the laser again, and, having seen the results, I bet she practices with it this time.

The only problem I have had with the LaserPro projector is with the tripod it comes with, which won’t support the unit if you want to angle it. I use a small Gorillapod with mine instead.


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Ever since I was first introduced to the wonderful world of shotgunning I have been involved in a constant effort to improve my scores. I’ve taken a few lessons, read a number of books, watched many videos and even listened to the advice of sports psychologists on becoming a better shot. One of the more prevalent bits of wisdom we’ve all heard is muscle memory is vital in any sport to reduce the working of the conscious mind. The conscious mind can, and often does, degrade the overall result we strive for. We all want that “automatic shot” that scores every time.

How do you develop muscle memory? Simple: Repetition, repetition, repetition. Sound familiar? I bet you’ve heard that before.

Repetition, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but when you’re talking about shooting shotguns, repetition pulls some other factors into the equation. Things like fees for rounds of targets, ammunition costs, equipment wear and tear due to constant firing and fuel costs getting to the range are things most of us keep a fairly keen eye on these days. Oh, and for those of us north of their fiftieth birthday, recoil fatigue can be a concern as well. Yes, repetition is needed to develop muscle memory in good shooting, but at what cost?

Enter onto the scene Bob Foege at Robert Louis Co of Newtown, Connecticut. In 2004, Bob began producing useful products for American shotgunners. His first offering was the Shotgun Combo Gauge, which allowed measurements to be taken off your gun, such as pitch, cast, length–of–pull and drop. As most shotgunners are aware, a properly fitted shotgun is a more precise and comfortable gun to shoot. Bob tells me there are over 2,000 Shotgun Combo Gauges in use worldwide.

 
Bob Foege, owner of Robert Louis, Co., demonstrating the Laser Shooter to a prospective customer (photo taken at the 2011 NSSA World Shoot).

Is there something that can help a shotgunner develop muscle memory? One answer is Bob’s Ultimate Practice Shooting System, a unique in–home setup.

The Ultimate Practice Shooting System makes use of laser technology in several ways. A major component is the Laser Shooter, a self–centering laser–projection device inserted into the barrel (muzzle) of your shotgun The Laser Shooter is activated by a wired trigger switch. The original version of the trigger switch was a simple metal band that slipped around the shooter’s trigger finger. A “trigger pull” activated the Laser Shooter when the metal ring made contact with the trigger guard on your gun. In most cases, this worked very well, but some guns have coated surfaces within the trigger system that can break the ground of the battery–operated Laser Shooter, preventing it from projecting its laser. Bob took care of that with a trigger switch that makes use of a micro–switch.

A fitted gun should shoot where you look, and the Laser Shooter can help indicate if your gun shoots where you are looking with the aid of a simple laser–projection target supplied with the system. You simply hang the target on a wall, step back a few feet, install the Laser Shooter into your gun’s muzzle, place

The Laser Shooter inserted into the bottom barrel of my Zoli Z Sport. The Laser Shooter can help you determine point– of–aim alignment, as well as assist you in grooving your gun mount.

the trigger switch onto your finger, mount the gun normally aiming toward the center of the target and touch the trigger switch. The red or green laser will project onto the target, and you can instantly tell if your gun points its centerline of bore with your line of sight. Assuming no abnormalities exist with your bore or muzzle, the laser dot should be right on the center of the target. If it’s not, this might show a need for some stock tweaking.

All manner of shotguns can be checked for point–of–aim alignment with the Laser Shooter, including single barrels, over/unders and side–by–sides. Additionally, your mount can be grooved by using the Laser Shooter. Position yourself to be able to mount on the ceiling line of your garage, den or wherever you can mount your gun without tight confines. Pick out a spot on the wall, on the seam of the ceiling/wall junction or just about anywhere, then move the gun as if tracking a target while moving smoothly and consistently on each mount. The Laser Shooter will help you groove your mount and start the development of muscle memory.

Another major component of the Ultimate Practice Shooting System is the Laser Pro. This novel device can project one or two laser dots. When set to project two dots, you can use the first dot in the pair as the perceived lead point for the second trailing dot, or you can simply use the dots as a true pair of targets, firing the Laser Shooter on them as they travel across the wall. A small tabletop tripod comes with the system that allows the Laser Pro to be set to project vertically rising targets as well as crossers.

Four controls on the Laser Pro allow you to adjust the direction of travel of the dots, the speed of the dots and length of travel. The On/Off switch atop the Laser Pro lets you choose one dot or two. The Laser Pro has a rechargeable battery and is supplied with a plug–in wall charger.

I’ve used the Laser Pro, and for me using two dots helped me groove my move on the true pairs often seen in sporting clays. The single–dot projection allowed me to make a smoother, dedicated mount to my shoulder and face. I have noticed a marked improvement in my mount, swing and follow–through since I began using the Laser Pro.

When it sits atop the Wobbler, the Laser Pro can provideendless target presentations to get your muscle memory ready for the toughest targets.

 

Yet another very useful and beneficial component of the Ultimate Practice Shooting System is the small, bread–box sized device aptly named “The Wobbler.” Although an optional unit, this little rascal, when teamed with the Laser Pro unit, can show you a myriad of projected target flight paths, everything from true Chandelles, curling–away Teals, droppers and more. You know, all those “challenging” targets that can add a scad more zeroes to your scoresheet. With the Ultimate Practice Shooting

System, your skills on those bad boys can be honed to a razor’s edge in the comfort of your home. Remember, it’s all about starting with good fundamentals and grooving your shots through repetition, more repetition and, yes, more repetition.

 

If watching laser dots fly across your wall and across a picture of your dear departed Aunt Matilda doesn’t ring your chimes, Bob has a cure for that as well. He offers a 9x4.5–foot wall screen with an overlaid trap/skeet field you can set up in your room to practice on skeet, trap or sporting clays targets. This scene can help shooters who benefit from using reference points on a skeet or trap field and make the whole experience feel more authentic.

About now you might be curious about how much damage the acquisition of an Ultimate Practice Shooting System might do to your pocketbook. Not much really, especially when viewed as an investment toward the improvement of your overall shooting. Bob currently offers the basic system with 12–gauge Laser Shooter unit for just $150. The Laser Shooter and Laser Pro together cost around $400. Add The Wobbler, and the system will set you back less than $600. The optional wall screen will tack on an additional $370.

Other gauges are offered in the Laser Shooter. Currently, only a bright–red Laser Pro is offered, but Bob is looking into other colors. He said, “Our standard Red Laser Shooter and Laser Pro use the Ultrabrite brightest–red laser we can buy with 635NM intensity.”

The Ultimate Practice Shooting System comes in a very sturdy hard–nylon case with instructions, wall target, extra lithium battery for the Laser Shooter, an adjustment tool and a wall charger.

 

If you want to groove the shots on your ugliest targets and save tons of money while acquiring that all–important muscle memory at the same time, seriously consider the Ultimate Practice Shooting System from Robert Louis Co. Even in bad weather, you can practice at home. And it’s a great benefit to offer gun–club members to help improve their shooting enjoyment. Spend this winter getting in your best shape ever to take on the targets next season!

 

The Muscle Memory System of Robert Louis
Written by Deborah K. McKown, Shotgun Life

When it comes to shooting clays, muscle memory is one of those things that can be either a blessing or a curse.

It’s a blessing when you imprint the proper way to mount and swing a shotgun into your motor skills so that they become “second nature.” It’s a curse if you’ve developed an awful swing or mount that has already turned into a so-called “bad habit” that becomes difficult to break. Either way, you can see the subconscious power of muscle memory at work every time you step up to shoot a clay target.

In a nutshell muscle memory implies the benefits of ongoing repetition to develop a motor skill that requires less and less conscious thought to execute. Shotgun instructors and other experts in the field would argue that muscle memory is associated with the notion of instinct shooting, where you are able to immediately identify a target break point, pull the trigger and score the hit. Regardless, developing good muscle memory that ensures top performance can be a challenge.

While muscle memory may not be considered part of the core curriculum for clays shooting, you’ll read about it in material from leading coaches.


       The author shooting skeet.

In their book “The Coaching Hour Chronicles: Conversations in the Pursuit of Sporting Clays Excellence – Volume 1” Gil and Vicki Ash write: “You create muscle memory through slow, repetitive movements that you can feel, not see. You don’t create muscle memory visually. You create it through feel. I will be very blunt and honest with you. If you will spend fifteen to twenty minutes a day, by yourself, in a room with a gun, (not loaded of course) with your eyes closed and shoot five stations, six pairs in a row, with the gun, with a routine, with your eyes closed, you will begin to feel your swing.”

Tom Deck, author of the book “The Orvis Guide to Gunfitting,” says in the book: “First you commit the fundamentals to muscle memory.”

Bruce Bowlen’s book “The Orvis Wing-Shooting Handbook” advises: “To be a successful shooter, you must understand the basic technique involved and practice enough to maintain muscle memory and timing.”

And leading instructor Chris Batha has written: “Learning and constantly reinforcing the muscle memory of planning, implementing a plan and problem-solving will help hone your mental toughness in the stress of a competition or in a shoot-off.”

The obvious way to develop muscle memory is to shoot a lot of targets. The caveat here is that you had better make sure your shotgunning basics are good or you risk embedding poorly learned skills that can hurt your game long term. That means you should have taken lessons from a trusted, qualified instructor to get down the fundamentals of foot position, gun mount, focus, stance, swing and so on. Once you feel comfortable that you have mastered the fundamentals then the rest is practice, practice, practice.

Getting out to actually shoot, however, can present some familiar obstacles. There’s that thing called a job, which dominates most of our time. We all have family obligations that take precedence. There’s those long, dreary winters for many shooters who can find their favorite clays course buried under snow for several weeks at a stretch. And what about money? Some of us fret over the price of gas, ammunition and target fees.

In a perfect world, all of us would be able to practice our clays shooting as often as possible with little concern for time, weather or money.

With that in mind, what I discovered is that the Robert Louis Company has an arsenal of products that can help clays shooters develop muscle memory at home.


From the Robert Louis Company, the Basic Ultimate Practice 
Shooting System, which includes the All-Gauge Red 
LaserShooter, All-Gauge Green LaserShooter, LaserPro and 
Pro-Kit case. The company bundles products for savings
over individual purchases.

For decades, clays shooters have turned to either books or instructional DVDs when it came to improving their skills from the comfort of their favorite sofa. I think of those products as passive learning tools. They convey vital information while you’re sitting there munching popcorn. Robert Louis, meanwhile, provides products for safe, indoor practice with the primary intent of actively developing muscle memory.

Bob Foege, owner of the Robert Louis Company, packages these hands-on devices under the umbrella of Indoor Shotgun Training Products. In his suite of offerings, laser beams, as we typically see on laser pointers, serve two purposes: they either substitute as flying clay targets or they are inserted into the muzzle of the shotgun to indicate point of impact (where they can also serve double-duty for determining proper gun fit).


The All-Gauge UltraBrite Red LaserShooter 
from the Robert Louis Company.

The battery-powered LaserShooter concentrates on gun swing and mount – shotgunning techniques where good muscle memory is critical. You drop the rocket-shaped LasterShooter into the muzzles, where it projects a red or green laser beam. Mount the gun and swing it so that the beam follows the seam of where a wall meets the ceiling. See where the laser is pointing. Surprised? You may very well be once you see the laser beam in action.

The company calls this process Dry Mounting. Think of the seam as the line of the target. From the perspective of enhancing your muscle memory, the LaserShooter turns the art of a gun mount into a science with quantifiable results that you can measure and improve upon.

Now some instructors would say that a small flashlight inserted into the muzzle could serve the same purpose. But does it really? If you’re looking for precision control, the laser offers a sharper image of your swing compared with the diffused light pattern of a flashlight. Remember, an inch at the muzzle can translate into several inches or feet at the point of impact. Do you want to risk it?

In addition to letting you practice your mount and swing, the LaserShooter can serve as the first step toward determining whether or not your shotgun actually fits. When you look down the rib of your shotgun, you may think the comb and point of impact are properly aligned; but when you mount the gun to that seam, the laser could show you that the muzzles are pointing in a different direction that you had anticipated. The next step would be a pattern board or perhaps a proper gun fitting.

The Standard LaserShooter fits 12 gauge and 12/20 gauge shotguns. The All-Gauge LaserShooter comes in four gauge sizes (12, 20, 28 and 410). The LaserShooter is available in two different beams: The basic Ultra Brite Red and a Super Brite Green. Mr. Foege says that the Super Brite Green is considerably more visible than the Ultra Brite Red. The red and green also lets two shooters practice together. The basic LaserShooter in red costs between $150 to $250 depending on the number of gauges you select. The green version ranges in price from $230 to $330.

You can purchase a $29 Trigger Switch for the LaserShooter. The Trigger Switch simulates firing the shotgun. One end of the Trigger Switch has a metal band, the other a wire that connects to the LaserShooter. You slip the metal band around your trigger finger. When the band touches the metal trigger it closes a circuit that actuates the laser beam. Among other things, the Trigger Switch can be helpful in diagnosing flinches. The Trigger Switch works on any shotgun that have non-conductive coatings (such as Benelli, Franchi and Blaser) on their internals, thus avoiding the necessity of a grounding wire.

When it comes to developing muscle memory, the company’s other helpful product is the LaserPro White Lightning Moving Target Projector. It’s actually quite ingenious. The technology is encased in a box that’s 7½ inches long, 3¾ inches wide and 1½ inches tall. An adjustable table-top tripod is included.

The system projects one or two moving laser targets. Using two lasers you can designate the lead beam as the theoretical target lead while the trailing beam becomes the target. The other alternative is to use both beams as a doubles shot.

There are three control knobs that afford near infinite variety of targets within the parameters of two beams. You can adjust speed and lateral movement – the same motions pertaining to overhead targets that run along the ceiling by turning the box on its side.

Now you have presentations that enable you to monitor your lead (determine if you’re stopping the gun), mount and line of target. The LaserPro gives you the constant repetition needed to hone your shooting skills – emulating the practice that you might use at a troublesome station. It costs $385.

The Robert Louis Company will sell you banner for $370 that depicts a skeet and trap range on which you throw the beams. It’s 9 feet wide by 4½ feet tall.


  The LaserPro Moving Target Projector 
mounted on the 
Wobbler Olympic Gold True Target Oscillator.

The next component of the LaserPro White Lightning Moving Target Projector is the Wobbler. Like its name suggests, the Wobbler mimics wobble trap. The Wobbler is a brick-size box. You attach the LaserPro to it and the wobble oscillates side to side. Again, if you mount the LaserPro sideways on the wobbler you’ll achieve the same effect for overhead targets. Dialing in the various modes, you can use the Wobbler to reproduce dropping targets, chandelles, fast quartering outgoers and birds that curl away.

For beginners, the Wobbler can expand the library of targets that shooters will experience in the field. For the rest of us, practice makes perfect. The Wobbler is priced at $179.

Overall, the Robert Louis Company has a full system that addresses higher performance through muscle memory. Mr. Foege offers various product bundles that lower the costs of individual products.
In making a cost comparison with course time, there are a few things that you should take into account. First, you’re saving money on shells, course fees and gas. Second, you could conceivably cut back on a lesson or two with your instructor. And third, there’s less wear and tear on your body: no recoil or extreme weather.

Like other clays shooting enthusiasts, the more I practice, the better my game. My sporting clays scores have definitely improved lately on the order of 10 percent. And I credit that to a better swing and smoother mount, which enable faster target acquisition – all the attributes of improved muscle memory.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and convenient way to practice your clays shooting, the muscle memory system of the Robert Louis Company is worth investigating.


Deborah McKown is the Editor of Shotgun Life. You can reach her at letters@shotgunlife.com.

 

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From ShotgunWorld.com - Review by Jay Gentry, April 5, 2011

This weekend I had a chance to try out the Ultimate Practice Shooting System sold by the Robert Louis Company. This system is to clay shooting as a pitching machine is to baseball. I can certainly see the value in it. They have developed a system that displays a moving laser light against a vinyl banner representing a skeet field. As the laser dot moves across the simulated skeet field you shoot at it with a laser light attached to your barrel. Each time you pull the trigger a laser dot is shot at the moving target. Does this help? Absolutely! The key to many sports is developing a certain motion until it becomes part of your muscle memory. This is exactly what the Ultimate Practice Shooting System does for you.

To use the Ultimate Practice Shooting System you'll need a blank wall. It doesn't have to be huge because the system has a window adjustment. This allows you to control the distance that the laser dot is thrown left to right or right to left. It also includes a speed adjustment and the ability to throw singles or doubles. That's a very cool feature. I also need to mention that they include a template that allows you determine the POI (Point of Impact) of your shotgun. Using this you can determine if poor shooting is due to poor gun fit. That last nifty gadget was the 'Wobbler'. You attach it to the laser target and it simulates ...well they explain it best on their website...

"The WOBBLER is an oscillating mechanism that moves an attached LaserPro back and forth to duplicate real life Sporting Clays and Trap targets. Used alone, the LaserPro projects straight line targets; used with the Wobbler, the LaserPro projects real-life targets that arch and move in unpredictable patterns."

Was all of this easy to use and setup? Yes. The directions are easy and the equipment seems to be high quality. I highly recommend this product to anyone that wants to improve their shotgun shooting.

Read more about this product at http://www.shotguncombogauge.com/

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