Trap guns have evolved rapidly over the past few decades.
I like to start with the adjustable rib. I also prefer to set the rib at about 1/2 between the maximum setting for a high impact and the maximum setting for a low impact.
The comb is the next step in getting your adjustability to where your gun is shooting where you look. Remember, your gun MUST shoot where you look!
After you’ve made all your adjustments, it’s time to check them on either a pattern board or on the range to see how they are working for you.
When I began competitive shooting almost 50 years ago, the adjustment of your stock was relative to the amount of moleskin you put on it. Nowadays, most competition-grade shotguns are equipped with adjustable combs, ribs and even buttplates. The amount of adjustment options can be overwhelming.
I am sure many of our present-day shooters have never heard of Herb Orre or for that matter, his Super Choke, but in the history of trapshooting he was a very influential and important person.
Herb, circa 1930s, holding a Model 12 receiver equipped with a try stock. Try stocks allow the gunmaker to get precise measurement of the critical areas of the stock to make the stock properly fit the customer.
Herb in his shop in the 1970s with a friend. Herb could disassemble and re-assemble a gun and hardly glance at it, all the while talking to the customer.
Herb at the 1965 Grand American with ATA legends Gene Sears (left) and Beuford Bailey (right).
Herb in his shop at Camp Troy Gun Club in the early 1950s.
Herb working in his shop on the farm circa 1960s.
On The Cover
August 2017 Volume 39, Number 8
The new Browning Citori CXT
Trap over/under combines
excellent design, reliability and
great value. Turn to page 36
to see Johnny Cantu’s review. Photo by Johnny Cantu Subscribe