Finding Shotgun Coaching

From: Jan
Subject: Shotgun Report
Comment: Mr.  Technoid,

I inherited some guns from my dad who shot a perfect 100 in a state competition when he was 81 years old.  Unfortunately, I never learned to shoot.

Among the guns I now have are a couple of 12 gauge shotguns.  They were fit specifically for him for trap shooting.   I have taken the first in a series of introductory classes from the Fish and Game folks,  but I don’t know the lingo, and feel like I just could not  hold and aim the  shotgun comfortably.  Would you recommend a very basic book for shooters with zero knowledge and experience?

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and  appreciated your earlier post where you talked about wasting time and money not finding a good coach early on.  Do you know of a good coach or two in Eastern Nebraska?     I’ve decided to work with the guns I have, or those available to me at class until I learn a little.

I certainly wish I’d taken the time to shoot with my Dad- even once.   He loved all shooting sports and left quite a collection.  I’m looking forward to learning my way through each type of gun to see what I enjoy most.   Shotguns are challenging so far, and I’d appreciate your advice on starting out.

Dear Jan,

Welcome to the world of clay targets. You are going to have fun.

Since you didn’t describe the trap guns you inherited, I don’t know if they are single shot guns suitable only for American trap or double barrel or autos suitable for some other games too. I also don’t know if you would ever consider getting into hunting.

So, wallowing in ignorance as I am, you might try Rick Sapp’s “Gun Digest Book of Trap and Skeet Shooting” available from Amazon. It covers the popular target games of skeet, trap and sporting clays as well as touching on the techniques used in hunting. It’s a nice overview for someone who is just starting out.

As to coaches in your area, I don’t have a clue. But I know who does. Both the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association)  and the NSSA/NSCA (National Skeet Shooting/Sporting Clays Association) have coach certifications and will have lists of coaches in your area.

Again, welcome aboard. You are in for a great ride.

Best regards,
Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid

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