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The Governing Bodies of the Shotgun Sports

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 3, 2018 8:03:00 AM

 

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Clay target shooting can be incredibly informal. All it takes is a safe place to shoot, eye/ear protection, a way to launch the targets into the air, and a shotgun with a few shells to shoot at them. While this kind of “back forty” shooting is a wonderful, non-intimidating way to introduce shotgunning, it’s an opportunity that’s harder to find with each passing season.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Tips for Shooting Shotgun Competitions in the Rain

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 29, 2018 8:54:00 AM

 

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The raindrops were huge and the sound of them pounding on the truck’s roof nearly drowned out the radio forecast of more to come – along with lightning, hail, and thunder. As I drove under the freeway overpass, there was that brief moment of silence as I was sheltered from the rain. It was long enough to think, “What the heck am I doing? Are sporting clays tournaments even ‘rain or shine’ events?”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Does How You Break Targets Matter?

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM

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In trap, skeet, and sporting clays breaking 100 out of 100 targets in a round is a perfect score. It’s an accomplishment any shooter (especially a new shooter) can be proud of. Heck, don’t even worry about 100 straight – 25 and 50 straights are pretty sweet, too. Gun club websites and bulletin boards are justly cluttered with pictures of shooters holding those 25, 50, and 100 straight patches. Each one is a memorable milestone in the development of a competitive clays shooter.

You’ve probably walked off the range with a shooter who just shot a straight. He or she will almost always wear a big smile, but despite the accomplishment might say in feigned humility, “Boy, that was ugly!”

Ugly!?! How can a perfect score be ugly?

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Topics: Clay Shooting

As Easy As Pointing Your Finger

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 16, 2018 9:44:00 AM

 

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On some days – all too rare days – wingshooting seems so easy. It’s as easy as pointing your finger and thinking, “bang!” When that happens, it’s because the clays seem as big as trashcan lids or the pheasants seem to fly in slow motion.

While such days are the ultimate in shotgunning fun and the stuff of the best glory days’ memories, at some point I usually remember that glory never happens without paying for it!

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl

Basics of the Shotgun Games: Sporting Clays

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 12, 2018 8:49:00 AM

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At the conclusion of a particularly humbling round, sporting clays has been called a lot of things by a lot of people. Many of them are not suitable for a family website like this Beretta Blog. However, I vividly remember the two things I said after completing my first ever round of sporting clays in 1984.

The event was media day at the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club. They had just finished installing their first sporting clays course, but not yet opened it to the public. Members of the press were invited to shoot the “new game” in hopes of providing some pre-grand opening publicity.

As I walked back to the clubhouse, the manager came up and asked, “So, what do you think?”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Familiarity Breeds Success

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 1, 2018 9:08:00 AM

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Our weekly Wednesday night sporting clays league was a welcome respite from hectic days at the office. All of us on the team – the regulars, anyway – worked at the same mid-sized company. Though we focused on different departments, we were all under the thumb of the same “Man.” You know, “… working for The Man.”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

4 Quick Adjustments to Break More Targets

Posted by Bill Miller on Sep 10, 2018 11:36:00 AM

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Breaking more targets. Achieving higher scores. From the Tuesday night league shooter to the high school team member to the occasional weekend-with-buddies plinker to the hardened competitor -- these are the goals of every clay target shooter. Break more birds!

Sometimes reaching these goals takes a revamp. You need to go to a professional coach for a tune-up, or maybe a total makeover starting with rebuilding the basics and working your way back up. You know, like when a pro golfer has to go back to his or her swing coach to get back on top.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

“Real” Clays Practice for the Field

Posted by Bill Miller on Sep 4, 2018 10:19:00 AM

 

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There are two kinds of clay target shooting. You can go out and shoot clays for the sake of the games themselves. Trap, skeet, and sporting clays are all fun in their own right. They can stoke the competitive flame and compel shooters to renown. Or they can be pursued as family fun, a wonderful introduction to firearms, and challenging lifelong pursuits.

Then there is clay shooting in preparation for hunting. It’s practice to make you a perfect shot in the field. The goal is to create mental pictures and instill muscle memory you’ll call upon when you’re hunting.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

One-Gun or the Golf Bag Approach?

Posted by Bill Miller on Aug 30, 2018 9:55:00 AM

 

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There are two different ways to look at shotguns for hunting … and to some extent for shooting clay targets. Neither is right. Neither is wrong. They are just different.

The first view considers a shotgun as a tool, and a means to an end. Nothing more. Nothing less. In this philosophy, a shotgun is simply the implement used to make it possible to take game – most often birds, but sometimes furred-critters or even big game. As a craftsman recognizes the importance of maintaining his tools, this shooter is just as pragmatic about maintaining his shotgun.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Turkey, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

A Clean Shotgun is a Happy Shotgun

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 27, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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The argument of shotgun cleaning took place in bird camp. In one corner was my buddy who cleans his shotgun like clockwork... which is once a decade whether it needs it or not (it needs it). In the other corner was a pal who meticulously cleans his shotgun at the end of each day. On some days I wonder if he'd like to clean his shotgun after every shot. I'm in the middle and wipe my guns after each hunt and clean them once a month or at the end of the season. My only exception is that I do a thorough cleaning after hunting in a heavy downpour or after use in a saltwater marsh.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Turkey, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck