Laugh all ya' want............

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Bill Idaho, Oct 11, 2019 at 10:45 PM.

  1. Bill Idaho

    Bill Idaho Copper BB

    As I recently said in my introduction post, I spent 24 years as a SWAT sniper, so I have been to a gaggle of precision/sniper classe4s over the decades. Most on their dime, but many out of my pocket. I inherited my father's guns when he died. He was a somewhat "established NRA shooter back in the 30s-60s, and I ended up with all of his stuff. I started indoor NRA small bore pistol a few years ago, right when I retired.
    Then out of the blue, a friend grabbed me one morning and I ended up at this unheard of sporting event known as "sporting clays". After spending decades training to shoot very precisely, I just couldn't wrap my head around this shotgunning stuff.
    I shot a 14 (out of 50) my first time, using one of my A5s. I think it was a 12/full choke, and was told that probably wasn't the best choke for that game.
    A few weeks later I returned, same A5, and shot a 17. I was starting to get the "lead" concept figured out.

    I struggled for a few months, honing in on my lead estimations and actually got up to regularly scoring around 30. Then, after I admitted I was having fun at it, I grabbed another A5 with an improved cylinder barrel. Instantly I shot a 40!!!!!
    I watched the other guys with their high dollar over-and-under guns reaching into their pockets in between stages, switching chokes. Ahhh.... the next week I brought yet another A5 I have with a Poly-Choke.
    The best of both worlds, and I didn't have to dig into my pocket to find the right choke.

    A 44--currently my best. I did determine I was in fact having fun, and have told myself on several occasion I was having fun---because---if I took it seriously like many of the other guys, I would no longer have fun at it. Whether or not I do good, I am out blasting 50 rounds of 12 gauge every Monday morning!


    Then a few months ago.......I went to a different range and tried this relatively new game-"5 stand". Kind of like trap and sporting clays had a baby.
    Ploy-choke rules at that too!!!
    In my 30 years+ of buying A5s, one of the most common remarks I have heard is how ugly those Poly-Choke/Cutts Compensators are (were). Maybe, maybe not. I will argue-they ARE functional.


    I love having those young whippersnappers ask me about "that ol'Browning", and tell them it's 80 years old!
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  2. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    How can you compare the thrill of punching a hole in a piece of paper to the tedious experience of crushing a hurtling clay and watching it disappear in a cloud of smoke?
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  3. Bill Idaho

    Bill Idaho Copper BB

    There is a comparable thrill when you hit a clay bird,

    at 800 yards, with the first shot.
    Or.......................have 5 holes touching each other at 100 yards. In any weather-rain, snow, WIND, etc. It's that "any weather"
    part that separates the chaff.
    High Power rifle is calming. I shoot a NM M1A, and have done ok at it. I will admit the most challenging shooting sport I have participated in is the NRA small bore pistol indoor. One hand, 50 ft, .22LR, rapid and slow fire. That combination taxes every facet of shooting. Breathing, trigger control, stance, sight alignment, concentration- everything. ( I am old school and don't use any glass optic, just iron sights.)

    YMMV.
  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    Bill,

    I was a rifle and pistol shooter all my life. Rifle team in high school, then the Army. I know the satisfaction of a tight group or a high score. Satisfaction but not much fun. Shooting something I could see jump was my speed.

    I’d avoided shotguns since I was a teenager because I could never hit anything. People told me to “lead” but they failed to mention “swing”. So I’d aim in front and miss. I continued to shoot, mostly informal plinking where I could see something react without looking through a spotting scope. Then I moved to Missouri, and there was no place where they’d let me roll a tin can with my M1. There were so many rules at the state range that Basic Combat Training in the service was more fun. So I wandered over to the Skeet range, and those guys were having a ball! Some guy invited me to try it, handing over his $2000 Citori to a stranger and telling me “this target needs four feet of lead”. That was a recipe for disaster but I had just read an article on Swing Through and for the first time in my life the clay blew to pieces. I’ve been hooked ever since.

    I’m glad that like me, you’ve discovered this new sport. A sport where most of what we’ve learned in 40 years of shooting works against us. Unlike me, you had the tools all along. It’s funny that although you’ve been collecting Auto-5’s for years, you didn’t learn to shoot them until recently. Have fun!

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