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100@100
September 4, 2005, 07:21 PM
A recent situation I described elsewhere where a friend inherited a bunch of guns got me interested in shooting in general. I asked you all about buying a shotgun for defense and learning to use since I know nothing about firearms. One of you suggested learning to handle a basic shotgun on the skeet range rather than taking any kind of tactical training.

I went out to a local club today and asked if I could take lessons. They said I could take them privately, but there was nothing like simply shooting to get started.

20 minutes later, they had loaned me a Remingtom 870, sold me a couple of boxes of shells, showed me how to load, how the voice operated launching system worked and turned me loose. Now I have a slightly sore right shoulder and big smile on my face.

I'm not sure you can call what I did "shooting skeet" because they set me up on the center spot, up at the front, and set the machine so it only launched the target straight ahead. The kid (he couldn't have been more than 18) very politely gave me the basic ettiquette and saftey instructions and told me to make the front sight "disappear behind the rear sight" and to pull the trigger when the flying clay was covered by the sights.

What a kick!

I broke 37 of my first 50 clays. I hesitated 3 times and did not fire at 3 targets, so I missed 10 times when I actually fired the gun. The kid helping me out said that was pretty decent for my first time. I'm pretty sure that this success rate was a combination of beginner's luck and a function of only shooting at targets that were relatively close and only moving straight away from me. It also seemed as if the targets were launched on the same arc every time, but I am not certain.

Anyway, I had a great time and will defintely go back and do this some more!!!

shojin
September 4, 2005, 10:16 PM
Way to go! Shooting a 12 gauge shottie is a kick... and not just to the shoulder!

big daddy 9mm
September 5, 2005, 10:22 AM
welcome to manhood. :D :D


I have a mossberg pump 500A.

shotguns are good to use when you need to relieve some anger as long as you can handle yourself. blast a couple of paint cans and you will feel better :D

ShottyTim
September 5, 2005, 10:24 AM
god i loved the first time i shot a 12, i was 11 and about 85 pounds lol, wow was i in pain.

Tim

100@100
September 5, 2005, 10:39 AM
Tim said "god i loved the first time i shot a 12, i was 11 and about 85 pounds lol, wow was i in pain."

I'm 46, but felt like I was 11! That was just pure fun! I admit to being 185 and I guess I have the light skeet loads to thank for my shoulder only being moderately sore. If I can work it into today's holiday schedule, I'm going back to see how much my beginner's luck falls off.

ShottyTim
September 5, 2005, 05:03 PM
just keep shooting, and you will only get better, as some of the experts here will say get some ammo, and shoot shoot shoot.

Tim

chris in va
September 5, 2005, 09:00 PM
I'm not sure you can call what I did "shooting skeet" because they set me up on the center spot, up at the front, and set the machine so it only launched the target straight ahead

That's actually more like Trap. ;)

Skeet has them crossing in front of you. :eek: :D

100@100
September 5, 2005, 11:52 PM
Trap, skeet...yep, I'm ignorant...but it was still fun.

esheato
September 6, 2005, 12:13 AM
You have no reason (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=180748) to be ignorant anymore. Read and learn.

Ed

100@100
September 6, 2005, 10:32 AM
Ed wrote, "You have no reason to be ignorant anymore. Read and learn."

Do I salute you with one hand, or both at the same time?