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Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?
01/22/2021
Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?

If you’re a Skeet shooter contemplating stepping into Sporting Clays for the first time – or maybe again – here’s some great news for you.The shooting circle begins somewhere around 1975. I am a young man of 16 and have been shooting shotguns for two years. This is when my Father bought me a brand new Super X Model 1 Winchester and my shooting really started to pick up. My background was hunting grouse, quail, doves, ducks and even town sparrows. If it flew I wanted to shoot it.Totally new to me, I had never even seen a Skeet field. I arrived one Sunday afternoon and joined a group of older gentlemen, maybe doctors and lawyers? As the game was explained to me and I ...

The Secret
01/08/2021
Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?

Would you be interested in the "secret" to advance your shooting skills? Like, starting today? A simple answer, no double-talk. Before you roll your eyes and say, "Yeah, sure Dan," please take a moment to consider this."The only thing wrong with being self-taught is the teacher."~ Author UnknownFor those of us with enquiring minds who have more questions than answers about our shooting, the road to real, actual, measurable improvement brings us to these 2 very specific steps. In my experienced opinion, it will be difficult indeed to advance your skills without going through each of these 2 steps, first one, then the other.Assuming you’re not shooting perfect scores at the moment and ...

The X Trap
12/26/2020
Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?

Pick one for a higher X count. Luck or skill? With luck, you only get one and that’s luck – sometimes. With skill, you’ll have both skill AND luck.“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember,it didn’t work out too well for the rabbit.”R. E. ShawIn short, this is about a belief and how that belief relentlessly betrays so many shooters. I offer it to you constructively with no disrespect intended. It’s a truth I believe merits your consideration, nothing more.Generally speaking, and I think I speak for all of us when I say this, breaking the target is genuinely satisfying. And why wouldn’t it be? Obviously, we did something ...

MA Is Always Right
12/12/2020
Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?

 Just asking…missing too many targets lately? XO OX OO inconsistent? Confused?Have you tried this?“I usually take a 2-hour nap from 1 to 4.”--Yogi BerraYeah…and that makes about as much sense as this…In spite of more than a decade of hard evidence to the contrary, some Instructors are still telling their students to stare harder at the target. See the target and ONLY the target. Maybe you’ve heard this? Focus HARD, see the rings and edges. OXOO. LOOK HARDER. Like something magical will happen. So you do. OOO. NO, look harder please and THE TARGET WILL BREAK! And when it does break – see, there’s all the proof you need. Case closed! ...

Any Questions Boys?
11/28/2020
Skeet – The Kiss of Death for Sporting Clays or the ultimate gift?

It’s all about shooting…right? Well…not always. And yesterday was a classic example, where shooting was the tool, and the well-deserved outcomes were celebrated.This particular “family” session was all about an “introduction” to shooting. I had 2 adults and 5 younger folks, ages between 11 and 21, all with zero experience. Nigel Gibbens at River Bend graciously helped me with our Instructor duties. Clubhouse handshakes, eye dominance tests and safety orientation completed, our eager group headed to the covered 5-Stand. Following everyone’s introduction to recoil (all Lite loads), we were ready to commence shooting. Nigel with his group, ...