The official line is that Benellis are designed to be shot while floating the target. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with that idea. Like me, they were taught to blot the bird out with the muzzle. After many years and many misses, I learned that the easiest way to shoot birds and clays both is to see the target over the barrel. As long as you can see the target, your eyes can send your hands to the right place to make the shot. Covering birds leads to head-lifting, since you can’t see the target when you pull the trigger. On crossers, it creates the “occluded target” in clay-speak, where the bird gets behind the gun. You can’t see it, your eye goes to the gun, and you miss high and behind no matter what your gun’s point of impact.