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Basic Trap & Skeet Shooting: All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started

Basic Trap & Skeet Shooting: All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started

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Basic Trap & Skeet Shooting: All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started

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410 pages
1 heure
Sortie:
Jan 21, 2009
ISBN:
9780811742498
Format:
Livre

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  • An illustrated guide to the fundamentals of shooting trap and skeet
  • Tips on gear, ammunition, safety, storage, shooting stance, and more
  • Includes step-by-step instructions on how to clean a shotgun
The sport of trap and skeet shooting is described in detail for the beginning or experienced shooter. Includes instructions on how to safely handle firearms, load and unload shotguns, determine dominant eye, swing toward the target, follow through, and more. Hundreds of full-color photographs illustrate how to successfully participate in these traditional shotgun sports. Complete with a chapter on gear to get started, this easy-to-use guide covers everything from choosing and transporting a shotgun to setting a stance and ultimately breaking the clays.
Sortie:
Jan 21, 2009
ISBN:
9780811742498
Format:
Livre

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Basic Trap & Skeet Shooting - Dick Rein

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Introduction

My granddad was born in a covered wagon headed to Oklahoma Territory. Like all frontier children, he learned early to ride and shoot. Because the shotgun was a treasured tool in a family that depended on hunting to fill the pantry with meat, his sons and grandsons were hunters at early ages, too, and they eventually discovered shotgun sports and became champion skeet shooters.

The shotgun sports of trap and skeet were developed by hunters looking for practice. They started with real pigeons, moved on to glass balls with feathers attached, and in the 1880s came up with pigeons made of clay. Today the targets are bright orange clay circles, and we have machines to throw the clays into the air all day long. We can change the speeds and angles at which the birds fly to add variety and challenge to the game.

Clay target sports are among the fastest growing sports in the United States—and among the safest, too. Shotgun sports can be enjoyed by people of every age. Men, women, children, and seniors can have fun with shotgun sports. You can shoot as a hobby on the weekends, and you can shoot in competition. Schools and colleges have shooting teams, and you can even try out for the Olympic shooting team if you excel. The key, as it is with all sports, is to follow the safety rules, get good instruction, and practice, practice, practice.

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Gear and How It Works

Important Basics

Safety equipment

Shotgun and ammunition

Loading and unloading

Transporting and storing the shotgun and ammunition

Everyone needs the right gear to do well at a sport. For shotgun sports, you need a gun that fits you, ammunition, cleaning tools for the gun, and protection for your eyes and ears. Because safety is so important, this section begins with the safety gear you will wear every time you shoot.

Safety Equipment

EYE PROTECTION

You need to wear glasses, such as a pair of sunglasses, goggles, or even a regular pair of prescription glasses, to protect your eyes. Do not wear glasses that are actually made of glass, as these can break and damage your eyes. It is also best to have unobstructed peripheral vision, so glasses without rims or sides on the frames are preferable. You need to be able to see the clay in flight as soon as possible. You can also purchase plastic glasses made specifically for shooting.

Wear safety glasses (and ear plugs) and carry your gun safely.

Blue blockers help make the orange target pop in your field of vision.

Polarized sunglasses also will work well.

HEARING PROTECTION

A shotgun blast is noisy, so you need to protect your hearing.

The muff type of hearing protection that many pistol shooters wear does the best job, but when you raise the shotgun to your shoulder, the ear muffs bump into the gun. Most people wear ear plugs. You can start with an inexpensive pair.

If you get into shotgun sports, you can purchase ear plugs that are molded to fit your ear canal.

Inexpensive ear plugs

VEST OR AMMUNITION POUCH

A pouch or a pocket in a vest provides a handy place to store your ammunition and used shell casings when you’re shooting. A vest also provides some padding to protect your shoulder against the recoil of the shotgun.

Casual clothing that you would wear for hiking or other types of outdoor activity is best. As you can see from the pictures, jeans, slacks, shorts, and t-shirts are standard clothing choices. You can wear running shoes, leather shoes, or boots. There are no requirements for any particular kind of footwear.

Ammunition pouch. New shells go in one divider and used shell casings go in the other.

Reach into the pocket to get shells. Put used shell casings into a separate pocket in the ammunition pouch. This keeps the range tidy. Take care not to eject shells onto other people or their guns, and don’t pick up shells while others are shooting.

Firearm Laws

An important part of researching shotguns before you buy is learning the laws of your state. You should be able to find information concerning purchasing, selling, possessing, and transporting firearms at gun stores, skeet ranges, and online at your state government site.

You are responsible for your firearm at all times. Know the rules and get safety training so you’ll be safe and competent when you’re target shooting, competing in skeet and trap events, or hunting.

Vests have padding at the

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