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getting into trap shooting... general needs.. acessories needed?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by katyj, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. katyj

    katyj vancouver New Member

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    So i did some clay shooting this past summer and really liked it now im joining a trap shooting club.. Besides my gun and ammo what do you guys recommend i get ?? What else is needed?vest??
     
  2. Brownsalamander

    Brownsalamander Lacey, wa Member

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    No girls allowed!!! Bwahahahahaha
     
  3. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    You need ear and eye protection, at a minimum. A vest will help you look cool, some have additional padding at the shoulder to help with recoil. I suggest a Browning vest for just that purpose. Their pad is very good.

    I would also suggest a shell carrier for your belt. It can have its own belt or clip to one you are wearing. It holds a box of shells and saves you from bending over each time to pick one up, reducing fatigue.

    That should do you.
     
  4. katyj

    katyj vancouver New Member

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    Thank you! I will go check some vests out today. I have eye and ear pro already tho
     
  5. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    I started with just a break action 12g. Gun, ammo, eye and ear protection, vest (Or just wear a sweater) and a shell carrier.

    Once you spend some time at the trap club you'll see other knick knacks people use, but none are required.
     
  6. bwchase

    bwchase Pacific City Active Member

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    Good advice so far. A good pair of shooting gloves helped to keep from developing a callous on my fingers. If you are shooting singles or handicap with an auto, a clip that keeps the shell attached to the gun is nice, just pick it off and put it in the shell bag.

    Practice and lessons, read, Daro Handy wrote a very good book, as well of other great shooters have too.

    My sister is a trap shooter, won the state in the late 90's.

    Good luck, most importantly, have fun.
     
  7. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    If you can get next to someone with a good shell re loader, buy some Hulls, wads, primers, powder and shot. Start pulling the handle now that way when summer gets here you will already have half the work done.
    Ammo was not your consideration, what about the components? This was my most useful tool next to my shot guns wile shooting trap & sheet.
    Silver Hand
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Email the President! He does it all the time at Camp David, right? ;)
     
  9. AnthonyL

    AnthonyL Tacoma, WA Member

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    Vest definitely makes you look the part of a clay shooter. I have both vests and belt shell holders. It depends on my mood and outside temp. Really hot days I rock the shell holder as I get hot anyways. Fall it's time for the vest to come out.

    Once you have the basic gear, the next best expenditure is some lessons from a local pro. There are a couple instructors that teach out of Seattle Skeet & Trap Club in Ravensdale. Give the club a call and ask, sure they will point in you in the right direction. I can't stress enough how important lessons are, they will pay off in spades. Bad form can take days to learn, and years to change.

    http://www.sstclub.com/
     
  10. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    Great Advice.
    Every range in NY state I ever had the privilege of shooting with or becoming a member of had instructors and or Range Masters on hand that at no charge would be watching and working with every Novice shooter, regardless of what they were wearing.
    Doesn't this take place in the Pacific North West?
    Silver Hand
     
  11. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Andy & Bax (close-in NE Portland) sells a little square green canvas bag to hang on your belt - just a little bigger than a box of shells. Dump 25 or 50 in there and you're ready to reload very quickly without fishing in pockets, etc.

    When you're not at an official skeet or trap range with machines, get a friend to toss practice clays for you with one of those cheap red plastic throwers. With a consistently good pitcher, you can add challenging randomness to how they fly (high/low, L/R, overhand, skimmers in the bushes, straight up). You'll quickly figure out what your weak shots are. As a right hander, I have to work on targets dropping fast to my far left.

    Get in synch with someone good and there's no yelling "pull." Just 2 people loading and firing as fast as they can manage. I've had 2 throwing for me before and I was busy. Helps with reactions. 2 throwers in one hand can be a hoot, too. Feels good to shoot fast and smoke them both.

    Hand thrown clays are super dynamic and random. The caveat to everything above is that you need plenty of room, defined shoot/no-shoot lanes, and partners you know well so there's no surprises or chasing wildly thrown clays that should just be allowed to die a natural death. Police your area and be safe. Enjoy the satisfaction of being prettydamngood with a shotgun!