I’ve learned, though, that I hit a lot more real birds when I can see them as opposed to blotting them out with the barrel. You can adjust to any last minute changes in direction. Also, any time you blot out the target and can’t see it, you increase the risk of looking at the bead. Once you look at the bead, the gun stops moving and you miss. So, I try to keep my birds in sight over the gun.