Choosing good quality skeet shooting accessories should include a skeet shooting vest for your activities on the range. But what makes a good skeet shooting vest and what features or otherwise should you be looking for.

Well number one, your skeet vest should fit you like a glove. When wearing it you should be able to move about freely in it without noticing any pulling or catching when you turn from side to side or when you move your arms around. When mounting your shotgun from the midrift up to the shooting position, it should not catch on any pockets, buttons or buckles. In particular, if you are a right-handed shooter then your shooting vest should not have any pocket at all above the waist on the right-hand side of the vest. Adjustable waist bands can help get a better fit for many shooters.

You will want some reasonable padding in the shoulder to absorb some of the recoil from the weapon and equally this area of the vest will get the most wear. Compare the shoulders on an older skeet vest and you will see that the right hand side (for a right handed shooter) will be more worn or shiny from fabric rubbing than the left hand side. Poor quality vests will start to show wear here sooner than others. Many vests now come with the option for replaceable shoulder pads to increase their lifespan. Sometime when you get used to your vest it can be an advantage to replace this part rather than having to buy a brand new one and go through the fitting phase again.

Consider whether you need to have pockets in the vest for ammunition – OK, so many are already designed with that intention in mind but you may want to keep the ammunition out of the vest so that you feel more comfortable when you are shooting.

Skeet shooting vests do not have to be the bright orange color of some hunting vests as for the most part, when you are on the range you are in a designated area and other shooters will be aware of your presence – thus bright colors for safety purposes are usually not essential. If you are a field hunter as well as skeet shooter, you may want to buy a vest that is good for both activities.

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