How to Use a Bead Sight Shotgun

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How to Use a Bead Sight Shotgun
Most shotguns come with bead sights installed. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most modern shotguns used for hunting and target practice come with a sight known as a "bead" already installed. A bead sight gets its name from the shape of the small round dot that's mounted on the front of the barrel. This bead serves as a point of reference for shooters. Bead sights are the most basic form of sight for a shotgun, but help the shooter quickly acquire a target and align the barrel for the shot.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Shoulder the shotgun.

  2. 2

    Place your cheek on the stock of the shotgun so that your eye is looking straight along the top of the barrel.

  3. 3

    Focus your eyes on the bead at the tip of the barrel. The bead marks the direction and point of impact for the shot.

  4. 4

    Follow moving targets with the tip of the bead. For long shots, lead the target with the bead by a few inches.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice is extremely important to be an accurate shotgun shooter.

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