Some new products are simple and elegant in their design and the Snap Shot Sight is one of them. It is merely some plastic molded in the shape of a tubular figure eight with the bottom tube partially cut away.
Line up that gap on a shotgun barrel and press firmly and the sight will snap into place at the muzzle. It comes in sizes for 12- and 20-gauge shotguns and those sizes could also fit other types of firearms such as muzzleloaders or other rifles depending on the barrel thickness. It fits most shotguns including those with normal-sized ventilated ribs.
The sight is useful in two ways: fast target acquisition and accuracy improvement by forcing the shooter to keep his cheek down on the stock in order to look through the sight.
The fast target acquisition can work as the Snap Shot frames a stationary target very well, like a circular picture frame of a turkey poking its head from behind a deadfall. This simple sight is definitely of value to turkey hunters and close-encounter varmint hunters that use shotguns (it also comes in camo).
The second benefit can be a double-edged sword depending on how you treat your shotgun: is it a wingshooting tool or used more often like a rifle? Rifle shooters bring their cheek to the stock to align their eyes on the sights. In wingshooting, the shotgun should be brought to the cheek.
And it is here where the Snap Shot gets interesting. On a crossing skeet shot, for example, if you were to frame the clay in the circle sight of the Snap Shot, you will most likely miss, as you did not lead the clay pigeon.
This is a common problem for many shooters but the Snap Shot can be turned into a tool to teach a shooter to lead a bird. It works like this: tell the shooter to swing the gun past the target until nothing but blue sky is framed in the flight path of the clay pigeon.
Instruct the shooter to only pull the trigger once empty sky is framed in the Snap Shot sight ahead of the target. That might be just enough lead to crush the clay. For shotgunners that like to experiment with wingshooting sighting aids, the Snap Shot is a great bargain. ($15, ezaccessgear.com)
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