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Clay Shooting Tips: The Straight Away Target - Easy to Hit and Easy to Miss

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 9, 2014 11:21:00 AM

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We were at the old Tarheel Gun Club, and I was sitting on the porch with Jason, a unique individual and the clay shooting club keeper, who always wore blue denim bib overalls. I was talking about the relative difficulty of the different targets in skeet shooting. The toughest targets for me were stations three, four, and five. All these are crossing targets, one each from the right and left. At that time, I didn’t really have a good handle on shooting crossers and it seemed these targets always kept me from shooting 25 out of 25. “Well,” I bragged, “at least I don’t have trouble with low house, station seven.”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Shotgun Tips: How To Choose Shotgun Shell

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 25, 2014 11:54:00 AM

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Now that my daughter has a shotgun for competitive shooting let’s talk a little about practicing and using the right shells for the job. You know how to get better, right? Practice. Practice. Practice.

When my husband and I were at SHOT Show last winter, we were lucky enough to visit with Kim Rhode to get some shotgun tips from one of the most successful clay shooting athlete in history. Among the many questions we asked was how often she practices. She told us she shot a minimum of 500 rounds a day.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Shotgun Tips: Learning From Your Misses

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jun 11, 2014 9:57:00 AM

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Everyone, even our Olympic champions, miss a shot now and then. Some of us miss more than others. It is easier to miss with a shotgun than you might think. Learning from a miss can teach you a lot about how to take the next shot, and let’s face it; there isn’t any shot more important than the next one.

Mistaking the distance of the target is a prime way to miss. And with waterfowl and upland game, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to measure because you’re dealing with fast-moving birds. One tactic you can do to work on judgment is to observe birds as much as possible. During a waterfowl hunt, I’ll set up decoys at specific yardages. It gives me a little reassurance that I know how far everything is in relation to where I am. Increasing your confidence reduces that chance that you’ll miss.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Choosing a Competition Shotgun

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 9, 2014 10:46:00 AM

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How do you go about choosing a new competition shotgun for your 100 pound, 15-year-old daughter?

My husband and I started by asking a trusted colleague for a shotgun recommendation when looking for a new one for our teenage competitor. From there we asked a few more friends for their thoughts. More than one person recommended the Beretta A400 Xcel. We were intrigued by the suggested shotgun and wanted to learn more about it.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

How To Get Started Trap Shooting

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Recently, I wrote The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting to help new folks get a handle on what the various clay shooting sports are all about.

Now, let’s get serious about how to get started.

Although you can start your clay target shooting career in any of the primary disciplines - trap, skeet or sporting clays, I might encourage new shotgun shooters to take a run at trap shooting first. It’s not a hard and fast rule, just an opinion from some guy on the internet. (That would be me.)

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

5 Stand - When There's Not Time for Sporting Clays

Posted by Mia Anstine on May 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Beretta-692-Clay-ShootingNew shotgun shooters often wonder where to start and how to have fun. The best of the best shotgun shooters seem to boast about a good round of sporting clays. Many people think of sporting clays as golf with guns. I happen to like golf. The problem is, I don’t always have time. Between work, being a mom, volunteering and various other activities, it's hard to get a full round in. Another factor, other than time, that may inhibit a shooter from getting a round of sporting clays in is the cost.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting

Posted by Tom McHale on May 9, 2014 8:48:00 AM

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Trap Shooting: Competitors fire at targets moving away from the shooting line.

When I first expressed interest in the shotgun shooting sports, I was completely confused.

In their enthusiasm to share the sport, all my shotgun friends started right into detailed knowledge and tips and tricks. For example, they talked to me about how to aim a shotgun, how to get ‘classified’ and how to lead clay targets. All good intentions aside, no one stopped talking long enough to appreciate how little I knew. Without a basic understanding of the games, how was I to know what these things meant?

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Students with Shotguns! Sporting Clays and the SCTP Competition.

Posted by Tom McHale on May 4, 2014 9:12:00 AM

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Does this gun look familiar? Alex is shooting a customized Beretta 391 Gold Teknys Trap model.

So, a history major, a veterinarian and a sorority girl walk into a gun range…

If there was a politician in the mix, this might sound like the beginning of a corny joke. Well, it’s not. And it’s actually been going on for 45 years now.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Shotgun Shells: The Ins and Outs of Selection (Part 2)

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jun 25, 2012 11:30:00 PM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting

Shotgun Shells: The Ins and Outs of Selection (Part 1)

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jun 12, 2012 3:56:00 AM


By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

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In a previous entry by fellow blogger Adam Brassfield titled “Shell Selection for Waterfowl”, Adam talks about what size shot he would typically use for different types of waterfowl.  What he based everything off of was the size of  bird he would be chasing that certain day.  Adam laid down some great groundwork for new and old hunters that sometimes get mislead on what size shot they should be using.  This is the first thing everyone should take into consideration when choosing shot.  I would recommend reading that post as he has some great information in it.
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Topics: Reloading, Hunting, Clay Shooting

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