A semi-auto, with its reduced felt- recoil, can be a real boon for first-timme instruction. But before she ever pulled the trigger, Skip took Jennifer to the first station and had her track the target's path with her finger. After doing this a couple of times, he asked her to say "bang" at the point where she thought she would like to break the target with the shotgun. Every time she followed the target's flight with her index finger (an easy straight-on incomer) and said "bang," Skip beamed and told her she'd hit it. He then had her do the same exercise with the empty gun. Again, Skip told her she'd broken all the targets. Then came the real test with a loaded gun. With the shotgun pre-mounted, Jennifer solidly hit her first clay bird.